Dear friends

  • Lisa Wolf Johnson and Marty Durlin, new at HCN



HCN's new online editor, Marty Durlin, is glad to be back home in Delta County. She grew up in the nearby town of Delta, where her father was a state representative and her mother taught school.

Marty holds a B.A. in humanities from Colorado Women's College, and studied music and creative writing at Connecticut's Wesleyan University. In the early 1970s, she returned to Colorado, becoming first a producer at public radio station KCFR, then a reporter for both the Delta County Independent and the North Fork Times, a now-defunct paper run by Ed and Betsy Marston. She was managing editor at the Colorado Daily, then ran Boulder's public radio station, KGNU, for 20 years.

Here at HCN, she'll help bring compelling multimedia to our Web site,, working with staff and freelancers to produce text, photographic, audio and video content.

Marty has written more than a dozen produced plays, mostly musicals (watch for her next production, Seven Rigs for Seven Roughnecks). She has two daughters: Ali Lightfoot, manager of Alternative Radio, a syndicated radio program produced in Boulder; and Willi Moore, a student at Bennington College in Vermont.

New Associate Publisher for Marketing Lisa Wolf Johnson says, "Since the late 1970s, I've known High Country News to be an independent and thought-provoking voice for the West." Lisa is excited both about working at HCN and about achieving a long-term goal - to live on the Western Slope. Lisa grew up in South Dakota, where she received a B.A. degree from South Dakota State. She earned her juris doctorate degree from the University of Washington. For the past 17 years, she's lived in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Lisa brings extensive marketing and publishing experience to HCN, where she will help us reach an even broader audience. She'll oversee circulation, advertising, public relations and syndication. Her background includes management and marketing for Thomson's West Publishing and Shepard's/McGraw-Hill Inc., editorial stints in newspaper and book publishing, and professional law practice.

Her daughter, Megan, attends CU Boulder. Lisa and her husband, Craig, look forward to bicycling, skiing and hiking in the area.


Jim Bensman came to visit an aunt with his sister and nephew, Deb and Eric Lutomski. Jim lives near Alton, Ill., where he works with Heartwood, a group that protects Midwestern forests. After a hiking vacation in Crested Butte, Sandy Woodson and Meghan Howes from Denver dropped by. Sandy teaches environmental ethics at the Colorado School of Mines, and Meghan is the communications director for the University of Denver Law School.

Former HCN editors Bruce Hamilton and Joan Nice Hamilton and daughter Katie left us a note: "Paonia looks like a fun town and we love the office building. Quite a step up from the back room of the Beer and Booze in Lander (Wyo.) where this all started." Bruce and Joan took the reins from Tom Bell, HCN's founder, in 1973 and ran the paper for several years. The family was off for a week in the West Elk Wilderness before returning home to Berkeley, Calif.

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