Dear friends

  • Father and son bikers John Armstrong II, right, and John Armstrong III, rode through

    Allison Gerfin


Billie Stanton, editorial writer for the Tucson Citizen, left a business card in our door on a recent weekend: "I was here; you were gone. But keep up the good work." Sorry we missed you, Billie.

Filmmaker Dave Gardner and his daughter, Stephanie, of Colorado Springs, Colo., stopped by as part of Dave’s research for a documentary he’s planning about growth issues in the West.

John Armstrong II of Allenspark, Colo., and his son, John Armstrong III of Michigan, rode to the office while cruising western Colorado on their motorcycles. The elder Armstrong teaches radiology and ethics at the University of Colorado and rides a BMW, while his son rides a Moto Guzzi.

California transplants Barry and Laura Tanaka, now of Fort Collins, Colo., stopped by as part of their vehicular "circumambulation of the Western Slope." Surely they would have walked had they the time. Barry is a grad student at Colorado State University, studying civil engineering in a most useful specialty — hydrology.

Cheesemakers Kristi and Tom Johnson, also of Fort Collins, dropped in while camping and hiking in the area. The Johnsons owned an award-winning cheese company, Bingham Hill, and were happy to hear that Delta County’s "nascent food and wine scene" (as described in the March 13 issue of Forbes) includes amazing ch`evre, thanks to local cheesemakers Joe and Corrine Coniglio.

From Carlsbad, N.M., came longtime subscriber Rick Beauheim, looking for the "last great place" to live after he retires from water monitoring at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which permanently stores nuclear weapons waste. The last time he’d visited HCN, in the ’80s, it was still located in Lander, Wyo., and Geoff O’Gara was in charge.

Eric Bowman of Santa Fe, N.M., and Devin Browning of Cincinnati, Ohio, blew through Paonia in early August during a dirt-bike tour of the region’s back roads. The two traveling companions found that their mode of transportation caused some people to be less than polite to them.

Reader Dusty Horwitt of Washington, D.C., sent us a copy of his article on green ways to do household chores, published in the June issue of O: The Oprah Magazine. We learned that if we hang a week’s worth of laundry on the clothesline instead of tossing it in the dryer, we’ll save four pounds of coal — and burn an extra 95 calories. Who needs step aerobics?


On Sept. 17, Dr. Edgar Wayburn, of San Francisco, Calif., celebrates a century of living. A five-time president of the Sierra Club, he was instrumental in protecting 100 million acres of Alaska with the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which doubled the size of the national park system. In 1999, President Clinton awarded Wayburn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, for his conservation work. "Never give up," Wayburn once said. "Even if you don’t win in your lifetime, you can blaze a trail for others to follow."

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