See you in April!


Last summer, we switched to a 22-issue-per-year publishing schedule; that means we skip an issue four times a year. Look for the next HCN to hit your mailbox around April 13 -- now you'll have more spare time to work on your taxes.

Water on the Brain
For all of you folks who love to speculate about water supplies and grapple with water politics in the West, Oregon State University has published a brand new compilation of High Country News' best water stories. Water in the 21st Century West, edited by Pomona College professor Char Miller, includes stories published over the past seven years on subjects ranging from tearing down dams and restoring Indian water rights to the impacts of climate-induced drought and the latest water grabs by Los Angeles and Las Vegas. A companion volume, River Basins of the West, will be published by OSU in the fall. To order the first book, call us at 800/905-1155 or go to

Adventures in remote education
Editor Jonathan Thompson and associate editor Jodi Peterson recently each presented a seminar to Northern Arizona University students -- over the phone. They spoke to assistant professor (and HCN contributor) Peter Friederici's advanced editing class about nonprofit journalism and about selecting, writing and editing stories. Fortunately, our office phone wasn't sensitive enough to pick up any background snoring.

Kudos for writers
The work of two HCN writers will be appearing in the 2009 edition of the Best of American Science and Nature Writing, to be published next fall by Houghton-Mifflin. The anthology's guest editor, New Yorker environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert, chose freelancer J. Madeleine Nash's "Back to the Future," a story of past and future climate change, from our Oct. 13 issue. And she also selected contributing editor Michelle Nijhuis' story called "To Take Wildness in Hand," which describes the promise and perils of "assisted migration" of species. That story appeared in the May/June '08 issue of Orion magazine. Michelle notes that "the research (done in Florida) involved truly fascinating people and places, and -- hands down -- the worst hotels I've ever stayed in."

Clarification, and bird I.D.
Our Feb. 16 issue, "Two Weeks in the West" mentioned WildEarth Guardians' recent successful challenge of increased oil and gas drilling in Santa Fe National Forest. The appeal was not handled by the group's lawyers; Jeremy Nichols, director of the group's climate and energy programs, filed it himself. And "Canary in the Old Growth," also in that issue, contained an imposter: the "northern goshawk" pictured is actually a Cooper's hawk. Photographer Jim Parrish says the photo was taken during last fall's migration study, when the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources banded many Cooper's hawks.

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