Dear friends

 

HCN NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

It’s that time of year again, when we come to you on bended knee, asking for help keeping High Country News going. Unless you’ve given recently to our Research Fund, you should be receiving a letter soon. For comments from writer Jane Braxton Little about the importance of the Research Fund, see page 19.

VISITORS

We returned from the Labor Day holiday to find a card in our door from longtime subscribers Marty Sorensen and Linda Cornish of Golden, Colo. The following Saturday, Haley and Joe Campe from Denver, Colo., left us a note: "We trekked out here to gather fruit for canning for our long winter of eating only food produced regionally (within a day’s drive)." Sorry we missed you all. From Murfreesboro, Tenn., came subscribers Crystal and John Mallery, on their way to Buena Vista, Colo., after camping at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Doug and Heidi Skiba and dog Molly, from Golden, Colo., dropped by on their way to backpack in the nearby Weminuche Wilderness. Doug is the conservation development and outreach coordinator for the Colorado Mountain Club.

DOTTIE FOX, ONE OF THE GREATEST OLD BROADS

It’s never pleasant to read the obituary of someone you’ve met several times and admired for more years than you can remember. But the several obituaries of wilderness advocate Dottie Fox of Aspen, 86, who died Sept. 11, glowed with admiration for her joie de vivre and effectiveness. As reported by the Rocky Mountain News, Dave Reed of the Wilderness Workshop said, "She was gutsy, fearless, irreverent, artistic, fun-loving and funny … Her love for the backcountry was infectious." Fox co-founded the Wilderness Workshop along with two other Aspenites — Connie Harvey and Joy Caudill — and campaigned to designate wilderness areas in Colorado. Thanks to their efforts, by 1980, the state could boast the Hunter-Fryingpan, an expanded Maroon Bells and the Collegiate Peaks wilderness areas. Dottie also worked for the creation of the West Elks and Raggeds wilderness areas, and co-founded that feisty group, Great Old Broads for Wilderness. She was a watercolorist and taught at Colorado Mountain College for 18 years, and she enjoyed hiking almost into her 80s. Dottie died after a five-year bout with cancer, having stopped treatment that had become ineffective. Her death was in keeping with her life: "She wanted to be home, and she was," Connie Harvey told the Aspen Times. "She died very peacefully in her sleep. It was just the way she wanted. She had a terrific life, and a good kind of death I’d say, too."

CORRECTIONS

In our Sept. 4 "Hot West" map, we inadvertently placed Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in Arizona rather than New Mexico.

Our Sept. 18 mountain-biking story stated that Mark Flint was a former board member of the International Mountain Bicycling Association; he actually serves on IMBA’s national parks task force. And our picture of a cross-country bike referred to "kudos" on the tires, but we meant "knobs".

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