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Concert-goers and bird-watchers


Ernie Nelson and Patti Armstrong dropped by in late June. The husband-and-wife team were on their way back to their home in Vail, Colo., after attending the Joe Cocker concert at the Delta County Fairgrounds in nearby Hotchkiss. Another Cocker fan, Mike Massa, owner of Accounting Specialists Inc. in Nederland, Colo., and his wife, Betsy, came to say hello after the concert.

Jim Murdock cruised through Paonia to pick our brains about local environmental issues on his way to camp at nearby Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. A math professor at Iowa State University, Jim was hoping to spot three-toed woodpeckers on the Uncompahgre Plateau, as well as three different species of warblers near Mesa Verde National Park. "I'm not a fanatical bird person," he said. "I mostly go to see a new place."

Jay Hopkins and Celia Boyle of Palo Alto, Calif., stopped by. They'd been to Dinosaur Monument, Aspen and Leadville, and were on their way to the Black Canyon and points south. Jay and Celia generously offered to take our interns to the Flying Fork, a fine local restaurant, for dinner, but fortunately for their wallets, it was Ultimate Frisbee night and the interns were already booked.

Jamie Grodsky, professor of environmental law at the George Washington University Law School, stopped by with Julia Brown, who lives on Lamborn Mesa. The two have been friends since they were undergrads at Stanford University. Julia is about to set off on a monthlong hike on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango -- further evidence that Paonia residents are hard-core.



In our June 9 issue, the story "Walking on a Wire" identified Bill Huggins as an employee of Friends of the Nevada Wilderness. He's actually a member of the nonprofit, not an official spokesman. The story "Easing into Development" identified Jon Tester, D-Mont., as a congressman; he is a senator.

In our May 26 story, "Rural West is going to the dogs," we reported that feral and free-roaming dogs bite 5 million people each year in the U.S., killing 10 to 15. Those figures refer to injuries caused by all dogs, not just those that are feral or free-roaming.



HCN's syndication associate, Edward Ashby, died on July 3 at the age of 73.

Although Ed was born in Harrisburg, Penn., he considered himself a true Westerner, and spent most of his life in Colorado. His love for the West grew through his job at High Country News -- working with newspaper and magazine editors to reprint HCN's articles.

Ed was also editor of Rescue Magazine, published by the Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter. He wrote passionately about the proper care of animals and took great joy in helping local abandoned pets find homes.

Ed's career in journalism spanned almost 50 years -- he liked to say that he had ink in his veins. He also spent 20 years in the Air Force. His daughter, JoAnn Kalenak, is HCN's marketing and syndication manager. We'll miss you, Ed.