A Paonia love story

 

In March, we hired a new senior advertising representative, David Anderson. With 20 years of experience in marketing and sales and an upbeat personality, he helps fill our advertising pages, which contribute an essential chunk to our annual budget. David enjoys golf, live music, and spending time with wife Stevi and young son Skylar. The family "found Paonia (HCN's hometown) by luck," he says. In 2006, David was living in his home state, Minnesota, while Stevi (then his girlfriend) was in Basalt, Colo. The couple decided to marry and raise their son in Colorado, but found that the Basalt/Aspen area was too pricey. Then Stevi found a cute house for rent in nearby -- and much more reasonable -- Paonia. "She called and said, ‘Pack it up,' " David says. "I dropped everything and was there within a month."

SKIERS AND FARMERS
Bozeman, Mont., residents Steve Halvorson and Megan Lawson dropped by the HCN offices in late March. After a three-day trip in Colorado's snowy backcountry, the two were taking a breather before an epic backcountry ski race, the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, which goes from Crested Butte to Aspen. Steve is a doctor in a hospital emergency room and Megan is finishing a dissertation on the economics of suburban sprawl, but in Steve's words, they share "a high tolerance for boredom, pain, slogging and suffer-fests." That sounds about right, reports HCN intern Terray Sylvester, who bumped into them later in Aspen, at the finish line of the race. They'd managed to cover the 43-mile course in just over 15 hours and were full of (rather woozy) smiles.

With children Noah, Marcel and Liliana in tow, local farmer Alison Klaus stopped by theoffice to renew her HCN subscription. Speaking of offspring, a calf was born just the other day on the family's Bella Farm, and they were all delighted at the prospect of another milking cow.

CONGRATULATIONS, MATT
Former HCN intern Matthew Klingle (summer '89), now an associate professor at Maine's Bowdoin College, will receive the 2009 Ray Allen Billington Prize for the best book in American frontier history. Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle (Yale University Press) explores how history, culture and the environment intersect in one of the West's greatest and greenest cities. The judges at the Organization of American Historians wrote, "It is engagingly written; the research is comprehensive; and it is grounded in a broad understanding of several historiographies: western history, environmental history, urban history, and the history of consumerism and recreation, to name a few."

CORRECTION
In our April 13 issue, the story "Conservation or cop-out?" reported that the voluntary conservation agreement programs covering the Gunnison sage grouse in Colorado and the westslope cutthroat trout in Montana did not have any participants. In fact, the Colorado program drew formal interest from more than 100 landowners in 2006. State wildlife officials have since surveyed properties belonging to 19 interested landowners. They enrolled the program's first formal participant this March, and now have several other agreements in the works. The Montana program, meanwhile, has at least two formal participants. We regret the errors.

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