Dear friends

  • Ed Yoensky and Sierra

    Jonathan Thompson


In June, our editors and correspondents spent a day and a half at an editorial retreat (actually, it was more like a "full rout," quipped one staffer). Former staffer Florence Williams, now a successful freelance writer, gave us a workshop on magazine writing techniques. Look for exciting changes coming to the news section — more current news items, and stories told in a fresher, more lively style.


Back in March, reader Dave Van Horsen sent us an interesting suggestion: "I have been reading Michelle Nijhuis’ series on global warming (and) telling my friends how the existence of global warming is being proved out by many different branches of science. Please compile all Ms. Nijhuis’ stories into one reprint issue."

Well, it’s here! High and Dry: Dispatches on Global Warming from the American West collects Michelle’s five stories, three of which won the 2006 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. You can order a copy online at or call 800-905-1155. Thanks for the idea, Dave!


Greg Degler, itinerant saxophone player, came by en route from Utah’s La Sal Mountains to Colorado’s Fourteeners. He just spent three months traveling and performing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and says home is where his truck is parked. Ed Yoensky, a landscape photographer from Elizabeth, Colo., and his dog Sierra breezed through the office between photo shoots in the surrounding mountains.

Longtime subscriber Gloria Purcell of Placerville, Calif., convinced her husband to make a detour to Paonia while they were touring the West. Caroline Barnes of La Grande, Ore., came in before visiting her sister in nearby Cedaredge.

While traveling to Telluride’s Mountainfilm festival, Leslie Lovejoy and Mark Ensner of Clark, Colo., came in to say hello. Writer and photographer Sandra Cortner and friend Greg Payne, from Crested Butte, Colo., stopped in to give us a copy of Sandra’s new book, Crested Butte Stories … Through My Lens, which recounts the raucous history of that mining and ranching town turned ski resort.

Rebecca Viale-Mandich and Mitch Mandich dropped in while traveling from Boulder, Colo., to Telluride. They had just visited Chaco Canyon, and were astounded by the extent of gas and oil development in northwestern New Mexico.

Subscribers Paul and Betty Bingham of Littleton, Colo., made a roundabout trip to Albuquerque even more convoluted by passing through Paonia.

From Whitefish, Mont., came longtime subscribers Cristi Herren and Chas Dense, on their way to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Peter Lavigne, who’s on the board of directors of the Rivers Foundation of the Americas in Sitka, Alaska, left his card on a Saturday. Sorry we missed you, Peter. During a semi-annual return to his Paonian roots, Phil Neville of Berkeley, Calif., dropped in. Tim Evans, Eileen Starr and son Ethan Starr visited from Bowling Green, Ky. Jim and Tommy Findley from Corrales, N.M., came by after visiting their daughter and son-in-law in nearby Carbondale.

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