Stewardship award for HCN
High Country News is this year's recipient of the Jane Silverstein Ries Award. The award, presented annually since 1983 by the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Landscape Architects, honors "a person, group or organization that demonstrates a pioneering sense of awareness and stewardship of land-use values in the Rocky Mountain region." 

GO, EMMA!
On May 16, former HCN intern Emma Brown (fall '05) gave the commencement address at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The keynote address was given by writer and activist Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. After graduation, Emma's off to the Washington Post for an internship. Her post-internship plans aren't solid yet -- but "journalism, one way or another!"

VISITORS WITH HEART
Longtime readers Lee and Jo Ann Trotter stopped by our Paonia offices in late April for a visit. Three days earlier, the two had left their home in Tacoma, Wash., and were planning to spend the next seven weeks on the road. They were bound for nearby Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. Then they planned to head to the East Coast, to visit friends, family members and Civil War battlefields. Lee, a retired banker with a passion for fishing, hunting, and hiking, mentioned that he's getting ready to celebrate an important anniversary; in two weeks, his heart transplant will be eight years old. Apparently, it's ticking along just fine. "I've got a 72-year-old body with a 52-year-old heart," he grinned.