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HCN staff will be taking some much-needed time off during the last two weeks of June. We’ll be enjoying our families and praying for rainstorms. Look for the next issue of HCN to reach you around July 24.


Two new faces have recently appeared in the HCN office. Abbie Rodriguez is the first to join our new high school intern program, which will bring in a local student to help out during the busy summer months. The 16-year-old, from nearby Hotchkiss, says she’s passionate about writing and the environment and plans to major in journalism in college.

Jessica Bellows, a summer intern in Marketing, is working on increasing our single-issue sales. Jessica, a native of New York who’s lived in Brazil most of her life, is halfway through an MBA at Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management in Phoenix, Ariz. After she graduates, she hopes to work for a nonprofit environmental group.


Lots of tanned and well-rested subscribers have dropped by recently.

Ethan Billingsley of Florissant, Colo., and Brink Messick of Boone, N.C., stopped by the office, smiling after a raft trip through the Green River’s Labyrinth Canyon.

Longtime subscriber David Lennette visited while taking the back roads from Rocky Ford, Colo., back home to Alameda, Calif. David and his wife, Evelyne, both biologists, spend most of their time in Costa Rica, where they have established a cloud-forest preserve.

Kathy Helton and David Croll of Durango, Colo., were on their way home from Costa Rica when they came by.

Jim and Peggy Gutmann of Middletown, Conn., made a swing through Paonia during our mid-May heat wave. Jim was presenting a paper at a meeting of the Geological Society of America in nearby Gunnison.

Duncan Eccleston and Joanna Lemly of Fort Collins, Colo., stopped by en route to nearby Silverton, where Joanna will spend the summer studying fen wetlands in the San Juan Mountains.


Thank you to the more than 1,300 subscribers who filled out our online reader survey earlier this month. And our sincere apologies for duplicate or misdirected e-mails; our new list-serve technology needs some fine-tuning.


A recent story said that the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission had approved a plan to kill up to 2,000 cougars over the next five years (HCN, 5/29/06: Lion plan draws heat from scientists, enviros). However, Oregon wildlife officials say their intent is not to remove that many lions from the current population of around 5,000, but rather to maintain at least 3,000 lions in the state. In certain high-conflict parts of the state, wildlife officials say they’ll reduce lion numbers by increasing sport hunting.

In our story on the Mexican gray wolf, the number 100 in the table represents the reintroduction goal for the Mexican wolf, not the recovery goal (HCN, 6/12/06: Mexican gray wolves face a rocky road to recovery). A recovery goal, if met, would allow the wolf’s removal from the endangered species list, but a recovery goal has not yet been set.