HCN Holiday Open House If
you’re in the Paonia area on Wednesday, Dec. 6, please join
us for our holiday open house. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., you can meet
HCN staff and other readers and enjoy
refreshments. Our office is located at 119 Grand Ave.
ANOTHER HCN WIN HCN
Contributing Editor Michelle Nijhuis has
garnered another award for her "Hot Times" series on climate change
in the West, this time from the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. Michelle won the association’s
prestigious Science Journalism Award, "the pinnacle of achievement
for professional journalists in the science writing field," in the
Small Newspapers category (under 100,000 circulation). Peter Spotts
of the Christian Science Monitor, a judge,
described her stories as "a nice blend of current research and
Congratulations, Michelle —
and thanks to the Engel Fund of the San Diego Foundation and to our
Research Fund donors, who supported her work.
Times" series also recently received first runner-up in the
National Academies’ Communication Awards, the Newspaper/
Magazine/Internet category (first place went to The New
Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert for her global climate
To order the "Hot Times" booklet, call us
VISITORS On their
way from Prescott, Ariz., to raft in Moab, Utah, Jeff
Osborn and John Pearson came by. They
hoped to dodge the rainstorms that were pounding southern Utah in
early October; another reader, Dennis Sovick,
found himself camping in the deluge. Sovick, a Fort Collins,
Colo.-based solar homebuilder, slogged into the office to say
hello. He was pleased to report that one of his first projects,
built near Paonia back in 1974, was still going strong.
BILL BURNHAM PASSES We recently ran a cover
story, "Bred for Success," about the Peregrine Fund, a nonprofit
conservation organization that works to recover birds of prey.
Bill Burnham, the president emeritus of the
Fund, died on Oct. 16 at the age of 59. Burnham joined the
organization in 1974. A decade later, he led the development of the
Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise,
Idaho, which breeds falcons and condors for release into the wild.
He was president of the Fund from 1986 until May 2006, when he was
named president emeritus. An active conservationist, Burnham also
served on many boards and councils throughout his career, including
the National Public Lands Advisory Council and the North American
Raptor Breeders’ Association.
BAAACK … HCN News Editor
Jodi Peterson was out on medical leave for most
of September and October. She had an unusual malady —
"spontaneous intracranial hypotension," severe headaches caused by
a loss of cerebrospinal fluid from a rupture in the membrane
covering the brain and spinal cord. Treatment requires bed rest,
which is not nearly as much fun as one might think. She thanks the
HCN family for their good wishes and support.