Dear friends

 

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

We'd like to know what topics are important to you, and what you think of the job that High Country News is doing. Please visit www.hcn.org/survey and complete our brief reader survey today. We'll use your input to improve our understanding of what our readers want and need.

NEW BABIES, NEW WORKS, AND VISITORS

Former intern Beth (Wohlberg) Casper (summer 2000) and her husband, Michael, welcomed a baby boy on Dec. 22. Eli, a healthy 9-pounder, "makes all sorts of amazing noises," reports Beth. After Beth's internship, she had a bout with breast cancer. When she recovered, she and Michael climbed Mount Shasta to benefit research on breast cancer and the environment. Now she's a reporter at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.

Writer and HCN contributor Alan Kesselheim has co-authored a new book, This Common Secret, with Susan Wicklund (Public Affairs, $24.95). Alan describes it as "the very personal story of a doctor who has committed herself to a career helping women with reproductive health issues." The book explores the "dilemmas and difficulties routinely faced by women dealing with unwanted pregnancies." Personal anecdotes and patient accounts give a human face to the debate over abortion.

Composer Michael Mauldin, who lives in Albuquerque, writes music inspired by the beauty and spirit of New Mexico. He recently sent us a note with a copy of his latest CD, Enchantment: Three Meditations for Two Pianos: "I hope one or more of the pieces will give you some pleasure." Thanks for thinking of us, Michael.

Craig Childs, a Southwest explorer and author who sometimes writes for HCN (his latest story, "Phoenix Falling?", appeared last April), recently turned up in the pages of the New York Times. A Times reporter came to visit Craig and his family in their rustic home outside nearby Crawford; she was awed by the 900-foot monolith of Needle Rock, which looms over the house: "... raw, dramatic, beautiful and menacing." She didn't discern any raw menace in Craig, though, describing him as "Grizzly Adams after a shampoo and trim."

Ninety-six-year-old Leroy Lewis, a retired Army officer living in nearby Grand Junction, Colo., recently sent us a note: "Regretfully, I cannot subscribe as my age limits my reading schedule." Leroy, who grew up on Rogers Mesa near HCN's hometown, Paonia, describes wetlands and springs that once teemed with waterfowl, muskrats and fish. "But when one well-financed individual took over much of Rogers Mesa and started drilling wells, the flow of water stopped. The fish hatchery moved out, swamps (got) dry and dusty, and it was called progress!"

Back in early November, Montana photographer and filmmaker Bill Campbell came by with his wife, Maryanne Vollers, to talk about Wolves in Paradise, his latest documentary. The film explores the challenges faced by ranchers in Paradise Valley, Mont., as the wolf packs reintroduced into Yellowstone a decade ago expand and begin to make their way out of the park. The film will be released nationally this year; for more information, see www.homefire.com/ Wolves.html. You can watch an excerpt on HCN's Web site

High Country News Classifieds
  • ADOBE HOME
    Passive solar adobe home in high desert of central New Mexico. Located on a 10,000 acre cattle ranch.
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Western Slope Conservation Center Paonia, CO WSCC seeks a dynamic leader who is mission-driven, hardworking and a creative problem-solver. Position Summary: The Executive Director leads...
  • ARIZONA STATE DIRECTOR
    A LITTLE ABOUT US Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all...
  • CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT/HOSPITALITY SERVICES
    Seasoned ranch manager of award-winning conservation ranch seeking position as nature reserve/resort or ranch manager. Visit philipmoonwalker.com for resume and certifications. Contact: [email protected]
  • PART-TIME OREGON GRANT WRITER
    Help advance rights for people, communities, and nature - Part-time grant writer. The Oregon Community Rights Network (ORCRN) has been active over the last six...
  • UTAH PUBLIC LANDS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Job Title: Utah Public Lands Program Director Location: Southern Utah Position: Full Time (40 hours per week) Supervisor: Conservation Director About us: The Grand Canyon...
  • FSBO PROPERTY-SOUTHEAST ARIZONA
    Located in an area steeped in history, this gentleman's ranch sits at the entrance to the renowned Cave Creek Canyon. Enjoy picturesque views of the...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, based in Ely, Nevada is looking for a new executive director to replace the long-time executive director who is retiring at...
  • LAND CONSERVATION PROJECT MANAGER
    JOIN OUR TEAM! The New Mexico Land Conservancy in Santa Fe is seeking a Land Conservation Project Manager who will work to protect land and...
  • HOME NEAR CAPITOL REEF NP
    Comfortable home at foot of Boulder Mountain, on one fenced acre. Amazing views!
  • STEVE HARRIS, EXPERIENCED PUBLIC LANDS/ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEY
    Comment Letters - Admin Appeals - Federal & State Litigation - FOIA -
  • LISA MACKEY PHOTOGRAPHY
    Fine Art Gicle Printing. Photo papers, fine art papers, canvas. Widths up to 44". Art printing by an artist.
  • LOG HOME IN THE GILA WILDERNESS
    Beautiful hand built log home in the heart of the Gila Wilderness on five acres. Please email for PDF of pictures and a full description.
  • NEW MEXICO PROPERTY - SILVER CITY
    20 acres, $80,000. Owner financing, well, driveway, fencing possible, very private, sensible covenants, broker owned. Contact - 575-534-7955 or [email protected]
  • SECLUDED COLORADO HIDEAWAY
    This passive solar home sits on 2 lots and offers an abundance of privacy and views while being only 15 minutes to downtown Buena Vista....
  • CARETAKER
    2.0 acre homestead needing year-round caretaker in NE Oregon. Contact [email protected] for details.
  • SEEKING PROPERTY FOR BISON HERD
    Seeking additional properties for a herd of 1,000 AUM minimum. Interested in partnering with landowners looking to engage in commercial and/or conservation bison ranching. Location...
  • COPPER STAIN: ASARCO'S LEGACY IN EL PASO
    Tales from scores of ex-employees unearth the human costs of an economy that runs on copper.
  • EXPERT LAND STEWART
    Available for site conservator, property manager. View resume at http://skills.ojadigital.net.
  • CONSERVATIONIST? IRRIGABLE LAND?
    Stellar seed-saving NGO is available to serious partner. Package must include financial support. Details: http://seeds.ojaidigital.net.