See you in 2010

  • HCN Board member Dan Stonington has a band and a new CD.

    Courtesy Dan Stonington

It's time for another publishing break in our 22-issue-per-year schedule. Look for the next issue of HCN to hit your mailbox around Jan. 18. May your stockings be stuffed with goodies and may your reindeers' noses shine brightly all season long.


HCN contributors and interns have been busy writing and getting new jobs, no mean feat in this economy. Contributor Gisela Telis provided interviewing and editing for a new book called Champions for Change: Athletes Making a World of Difference, which describes athletes and explorers working to fight global warming ( David Oates' new book What We Love Will Save Us (which includes the essay of the same name that originally appeared in HCN on Oct. 16, 2006) was just published by Kelson Books. Its essays describe "wildness and grace breaking out in unexpected places" ( The Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics recently published Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. The 67 pieces in this anthology include writing from HCN contributing editor Michelle Nijhuis as well as old friends like Susan Tweit, John Calderazzo and Laura Pritchett (

HCN board member Dan Stonington's day job is with the Cascade Land Conservancy, but during off-hours the Seattle resident founded a band called Million Dollar Nile, which recently released a new CD, The Definition of Adventure. The sound involves stringed instruments and three-part harmony, and the songs are about "everything from energy conservation to thinking your phone's ringing in your pocket when it's not" (

Former intern B. Christine Hoekenga (fall 2007) recently became the online community manager at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C. She was previously a museum specialist at the Smithsonian. Devin Odell, an intern in fall 1989, was appointed this summer to the position of district court judge for Colorado's 8th Judicial District. Formerly he was an assistant attorney general in the Natural Resources Division of the Colorado attorney general's office. Current intern Arla Shephard landed a reporting job starting in January with the Shelton-Mason County Journal, a weekly newspaper in Shelton, Wash. She'll be covering the tiny towns of Belfair and Hoodsport ("good thing Paonia's taught me something about how small towns work," says Arla), along with environmental topics and tribal relations in Mason County. Congrats to all.


West Coast water expert Thomas J. Graff died Nov. 12 in Oakland, Calif., where he lived. The 65-year-old attorney was a visionary figure in the California environmental scene and championed the idea of using market forces to protect natural resources. In 1971, Tom opened the first California office of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and served as its regional director for 37 years. He was once dubbed "The Godfather" by California Lawyer for "transforming the politics and policies of California water and power through a unique style of litigation and persuasion via his Rolodex of trusted inside connections," according to EDF. "We cannot repeat the water wars of the past," Tom said in an EDF interview last year. "We have to find a way to work together, or we'll all lose."

Our Nov. 23 cover story, "After the Floods," incorrectly stated that the Cordilleran Ice Sheet stretched south to Missoula, Mont., blocking the Clark Fork River. In fact, the ice sheet blocked the river near Sandpoint in northern Idaho. In "The Lost Art of Listening" in the same issue, we accidentally dropped the last "t" in this Arapaho phrase: "hiinono'eininoo, 'oh neihoowee'in neteenetiit" (which means "I am an Arapaho, but I don't understand Arapaho." In the case of HCN, the latter is obviously true.) We regret the errors.

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