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Readers have been calling for more content and a greater diversity of stories in High Country News. We’re happy to deliver: We’ve added four pages with this issue. To help cover the additional costs of printing and mailing, we’ve added an extra page of advertisements — but not to worry: our policy is to limit ads to no more than 20 percent of the paper. (In contrast, ads swallow more than 50 percent of most magazines.) We’re not promising that we’ll deliver 28 pages in every issue, but we’ll do our best to keep the good stories coming.


On a recent July weekend, Paonia hosted two very different events: Top O’ The Rockies, a BMW motorcycle rally, and the Dreamtime Festival, a "collaborative music and arts festival" featuring yoga, holistic healing and fire dancing. While the Beemers and Dreamers didn’t mix much, both crowds turned out to contain HCN fans.

Arriving on their motorcycles were subscribers Bob Ranney and sons Chuck and Joey from Denver, Colo.; Tom Martin of Santa Fe, N.M.; and Shari Walter and Bob Zimmerman from Sedona, Ariz.

And post-Dreamtime, singer-songwriter Jennifer Friedman visited us before returning to her recording studio in Longmont, Colo. A former National Park Service employee, Jennifer treated the office to some of her CDs. Wren Siegel also came by. Wren lives and works in Boulder, Colo., where she teaches science to budding conservationists.

On their way to nearby Silverton to camp with their daughter Roxane, Jane Ronca-Washburn and Sam Washburn of Albuquerque, N.M., stopped in. Jane sang at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in late June. Jim Courson, his wife, Diedra Silbert, and their dog, Maddie, came from Flagstaff, Ariz., to say hello. Jim made the cover of HCN in August 1991, surveying erosion in the Grand Canyon.

Scientist Theo Colborn, a Paonia resident who’s a leading authority on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, brought fellow researchers Louis and Elizabeth Guillette of Gainesville, Fla., to visit. Louis researches the effects of chemicals on alligators; Elizabeth studies pesticide exposure in Mexican children.

John Voelker, a longtime subscriber from Denver, Colo., dropped by on his way to a river trip in Utah’s Cataract Canyon. Michael Cockrell of Frisco, Colo., left his card on a weekend: "Glad to know y’all take a day off!" From San Luis Obispo, Calif., came Larry Parker, a green architect looking to relocate to the Western Slope.

Former Paonian Karen Sartain and husband Jeff stopped by, with friend Jaime Becktel of Durango, Colo. Karen and Jeff work and live in Chiricahua National Monument, Ariz. Ben and Britta Lindberg, from Madison, Wis., dropped in during a Colorado road trip.


Our science-fiction story "The Tamarisk Hunter" said that the Central Arizona Project flows from Lake Mead; it actually comes from Lake Havasu (HCN, 6/26/06: The Tamarisk Hunter).

We inadvertently left Utah out of our survey of Western weather (HCN, 6/26/06: The wild, wild weather). Utah’s average moisture is 11.47 inches; from June ’05 to May ’06, it received 10.5 inches.