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  • Chuck Pyle dropped by with his new CD



We enjoy each of our visitors but we're a bit behind in writing about them; we're still catching up on the folks who came to see us in late September and early October. 

Nancy and Dennis Johnson dropped into the office while on a Western Slope leaf-peeping trip. Since moving to the West in 1971, the Idaho Springs, Colo., couple has enjoyed the state's fall colors every year. Also on a fall color tour, Larry and Daria Moskowitz stopped by on their way home to Fort Collins, Colo. Both are retired and now volunteer full-time for various causes. 

Karen Jenne from South Pasadena, Calif., and Allison Mitchell from Sidmouth, England, came by. Karen was taking her longtime friend on a tour of the Western U.S. and included the home of High Country News as a highlight. (Rumor has it that we won out over a giant ball of twine and a 40-foot fiberglass cowboy.) The pair was headed on to Ouray and then to Utah and Arizona. 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Parker also toured the office. The couple came from Monte Vista, Colo., where they are semi-retired from the hotel business. Originally from upstate New York, the Parkers have lived in Colorado for 30 years and read HCN "from cover to cover." 

Singer-songwriter Chuck Pyle of Palmer Lake, Colo., left us a copy of one of his latest CDs. Titled Higher Ground: Songs of Colorado, it celebrates rural life in the state and includes a fun ditty listing more than 100 of Colorado's "small towns under 3,000." We were tickled to hear Paonia's name in the list. Thanks, Chuck. 


Our founder, Tom Bell, recently sent our Internship Fund Campaign a gift, accompanied by a note in which he fondly remembered the first-ever HCN intern. Anne Turner, a volunteer editorial assistant, traveled West from Delaware and spent the winter of 1972 working in the paper's tiny, cramped office in Lander, Wyo., every day until 5, before heading to her paying job - washing dishes in a local restaurant until midnight. Tom writes, "Anne stepped into a vacuum and proved to be of inestimable value to the paper. If you are still out there somewhere, Anne, I extend my love and warmest wishes to you." We admire Anne's dedication. And we thank you, Tom, for making editorial internships possible in the first place! For more about our internship program, see 


Our Nov. 12 story "Safe Crossing" incorrectly affiliated Patricia Cramer and John Bissonette with the University of Utah; in fact, both are researchers with Utah State University. The story also mentioned bighorn crossings along Arizona's Highway 92, but they're along Highway 93. 

The historic photo of sheep grazing in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains in our Oct. 1 story "Sheep v. sheep" was from 1907, not the 1930s. It was taken by Dr. Arthur W. Sampson as part of a Forest Service study of the effects of sheep grazing.

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