Dear friends

  • Cobun Keegan, self-portrait

    Cobun Keegan
  • Woody Hesselbarth

    Photo of Woody Hesselbarth Courtesy Janet Kurman Hesselbarth

Paonia native Cobun Keegan is HCN's summer high-school intern. Before he heads off to Colorado Springs to begin his freshman year at Colorado College, he's getting some reporting and general publication experience with us. He hasn't picked a major yet, but is interested in environmental studies, political science, international relations and linguistics. In May, he served as a Delta County delegate at Colorado's state Democratic Convention. "I'm bummed that the national convention is happening the same week as my (college) orientation,‚" Cobun says. He's also an avid magazine reader -- especially The New Yorker -- and enjoys writing, bicycling and photography.

Longtime subscribers Dan Brannon and Janna Horn stopped in with their daughter, Hannah. The family hails from Austin, Texas, and was on a two-week road trip through New Mexico and Colorado.

Joy and Lynn Jamison came by with their grandson, Zach. Joy works with the National Park Service in Denver, and Lynn is a Park Service retiree. They were on a driving trip through the mountains from their home in Lakewood, Colo. "We're going where there's rocks,‚" Joy said, "because Zach likes to see rocks.‚"
On a tour of western Colorado and northern New Mexico, Ray and Mary Sell of Boulder, Colo., and their daughter, Ginny Sell, also of Boulder, visited us. A longtime reader of the magazine, Ray said our offices "looked just as he imagined them.‚" Given the state of dishevelment our desks were in when the Sells stopped by, we're a bit chagrined.

On July 2, after a difficult battle with cancer, longtime HCN reader and supporter Forrest "Woody‚" Hesselbarth of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away. His wife, Janet Kurman Hesselbarth, was at his side, and his favorite Bruce Cockburn songs were playing in the background. Woody, 59, worked for the Forest Service for many years. A "trailbuilder and troublemaker,‚" he was a great inside source of information for several generations of HCN reporters, fellow Forest Service workers and conservationists throughout the country. Woody's deep concern for the public lands, infectious enthusiasm, and wicked sense of humor touched many; we will miss him.

Our July 21 "Power of the Picture‚" photo essay depicted the Wind River Range in the predawn light, not the Wyoming Range, as the caption stated.


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