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  • Renowned image of Castle Peak by Ernie Day



The snow may have kept some folks from visiting us here, but Rob and Annie Edward stopped by between storms and gray wolf education presentations. Rob is the director of carnivore restoration for the nonprofit carnivore advocacy group Sinapu, which recently merged with Forest Guardians to create WildEarth Guardians. Annie's "day job" allows her time to do photography and research with Rob.

Peter Wilsnack of Seattle, Wash., dropped in while driving around Colorado. He's a research administrator at the University of Washington and got drawn into the HCN fold a year ago, after seeing that we'd won an Independent Press award from Utne Magazine.


Former HCN webmeister and sci-fi writer Paolo Bacigalupi's first book of short stories has just been published. It's a "best-of" collection called Pump Six and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, $24.95). Three of these stories were nominated for or won major science fiction awards. Our favorite jacket blurb comes from writer Terry Bisson: "I hate this guy. All of a sudden he comes out of nowhere, writing like a weird angel, and winning awards, and knocking us old pros out of the box with stories about stuff we hadn't gotten around to thinking up yet. (Like that stupid bio dog!) Plus he's young and good looking. Luckily, he has an unpronounceable name."


On Feb. 12, wilderness advocate and photographer Ernie Day died at the age of 89. In the 1960s, Ernie's encouragement convinced Idaho Sen. Frank Church, D, to support the Wilderness Act and take the lead on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Ernie fought to preserve Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, Hells Canyon, and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Ernie served on the council of The Wilderness Society and received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. He was also an early contributor to High Country News, writes Tom Bell, HCN's founder: "As the influence of High Country News began to spread across the Western states, Ernie became a solid supporter and encourager. He would send me professional-quality photos of Idaho and provide copy for the paper." Tom and the rest of the staff will miss Ernie.


Our Feb. 4 story, "Unnatural Preservation," called the pika a rodent; it's actually a lagomorph, related to rabbits and hares. The story also referred to "millions of acres of forests in Glacier National Park," but the park has only 1.4 million acres, many of which are not forested.

Also in the Feb. 4 issue, "Two Weeks in the West" stated that Colorado is the only Western state offering tax credits for conservation easements. New Mexico also offers such credits. We regret the errors.

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