Dear friends

  • Editor John Mecklin saying goodbye


With this issue, we bid a fond farewell to Editor John Mecklin, who is headed to California and the challenge of starting up a new, policy-focused magazine. Since coming to HCN a year ago, John has implemented a long-needed revamp of our editorial and copy-flow processes, significantly broadened the scope of cover stories, and been a leader in the area of multimedia and the Web. We will miss John's clear-eyed views and wish him and his family all the best.

The next issue of HCN, and a long string of issues that follow, will be in the capable hands of our new editor, Jonathan Thompson. For the past two years, Jonathan has been our associate editor, assigning and editing the news stories in the front of the magazine, while still finding time to write columns and essays. Jonathan grew up in Durango, Colo., and before coming to HCN was the publisher and editor of The Silverton Standard & The Miner. Please feel free to contact him at [email protected]


Daniel and Sarah Cusick of Atlanta, Ga., stopped by during a Western vacation. Sarah is a nutritional epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control; Daniel is an editor with the environmental news service Greenwire, a resource that has long been invaluable to conservation groups, natural resource industries and journalists.

Readers John and Alexandra Alderman dropped in during the dog days of August to say hello. John was Outside magazine's online editor, and is now in business development for Washingtonpost. Newsweek Interactive. John says, "I never expected to work for one of the big news organizations, but I'm glad it's the Washington Post," where, he says, President Don Graham, son of famed publisher Katherine Graham, still regularly walks the halls.

Longtime reader James Hoffmeister of Boulder, Colo., dropped in to tell us about his work with Clean Campaigns Colorado, which works for publicly financed elections.

After visiting archaeological sites in the Four Corners region, readers Peter and Cay Davis, of Wilmington, N.C., stopped by "to see where this great publication is produced."

Longtime subscribers Jim and Sue Ashby and Paula Adkins from Reno, Nev., and Rod and Amelia Blanchard from Genoa, Nev., stopped by the office after two weeks of camping in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Bill Hoffmann of Minneapolis, Minn., came in after house-hunting in nearby Grand Junction. Bill, a writer, has contributed to many publications over the years, including Colorado's Boulder Daily Camera.


The question-and-answer article with Rebecca Solnit in the Oct. 29 issue was actually a boiled-down version of Laura Paskus' original interview with Solnit, not a full, verbatim transcript. Paskus condensed the interview in order to make a very long exchange fit into the allotted space.

After the interview appeared, Ms. Solnit contacted us to express her dissatisfaction with the end result. She feels that important statements had been left out and that her words had been taken out of context. HCN has offered Solnit the opportunity to air her concerns and clarify her statements in both our print edition and on the Web site.

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