Dear friends

  • Adriel Heisey gets a clear view through the open door of his plane



As we do every June and December, we'll be skipping an issue. Our staff plans to spend the last two weeks of June catching up on the long-term projects that we never quite find time for, enjoying family and friends, and battling the bindweed that's overtaken our gardens. Look for the next HCN to hit your mailbox around July 23.


Subscribers in the Oakland and San Francisco areas might have inadvertently been mailed two copies of the June 11 issue. Pass the extra copy along to a friend, enemy or public official; leave it in a coffee shop or doctor's office; or fold it into origami animals.


On Saturday, June 9, more than a dozen former interns joined us in Paonia for the first-ever intern reunion. The next morning, several met up with members of a regional group called Women on the Move to hike our 11,400-foot backyard mountain, Lamborn, a climb of some 4,000 feet. Current intern Morgan Heim made it all the way to the summit, as did Ann Vileisis, former intern from Port Orford, Ore., Nina Dunbar, wife of HCN editor John Mecklin, their 9-year-old son Dunbar, and Writers on the Range editor Betsy Marston, who'd organized the "scenic slog."


After attending the "Quiet Commotion Summit" in nearby Glenwood Springs, which focused on preserving quiet and solitude in the backcountry, Roz McClellan, the director of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Initiative, dropped by. She talked (passionately, but softly) about her group's efforts to put quiet use on a par with motorized use in public-lands planning. Conference-goers John Bertram and Sally Ferguson of Boise, Idaho, also came in after canoeing Utah's Green River. John's the principal of Planmakers, an urban planning firm, and Sally is a program director with the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

On a motorcycle trip to Aspen, longtime subscriber Tommy DiMaggio of Tucson, Ariz., stopped in. Tommy runs an adventure-tour business, Purple Mountain Pack Goats, in the Coronado National Forest. His motto: "Too many people, not enough goats."

From nearby Montrose, photographer Adriel Heisey, whose aerial images were on the cover of our May 14 "Two Views of the Verde" story, flew up for a visit. Adriel recently left his job as a charter pilot on the Navajo Reservation to move to Colorado and pursue full-time freelance photography. His new Flight Design CT is perfect for taking pictures from the air, Adriel says. He rigs a belt to the plane's control stick so he can steer with his knee, and the doors open like wings so he can get a clear shot (he admits his heart still races a little when he does this). Traveling with Adriel were his wife, Holly Rainier, the "road crew" on some flights, and Sean Schofield, who recently finished a high school internship in Adriel's studio.

Betsy Marston, Jodi Peterson and Cindy Wehling for the staff

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