Native power in Tucson

  • Honeymooners Sera and Nicolas Zegre.

    Shaun C. Gibson

On the evening of Jan. 27, a distinguished group of journalists, environmentalists and tribal leaders will come together at the University of Arizona for an HCN-sponsored event entitled "Power Struggle: Energy, Activism and the role of the Media on the Hopi and Navajo Nations." For more information, see our ad on page 20 and visit We hope you can join us.

Hawaii? Las Vegas? Paris? No ... High Country News in Paonia, Colo., was the destination of newlyweds Sera and Nicolas Zegre, who married in June but just got around to their nuptial travels this December. Sera, who worked for the BLM in Utah, Colorado and Washington, D.C., grew up in nearby Grand Junction. After a leisurely loop through the West, the two are bound for their home in Morgantown, W. Va., where Nicolas is a professor of forest hydrology at West Virginia University and Sera works to clean up urban "brownfields" like abandoned gas stations and glass factories.

Kelly Coffman and Chris Pfenning of Columbus, Ohio, stopped by the office and were surprised to discover that the homey Paonia guesthouse they were staying in is owned by HCN editor Jonathan Thompson. In the area to explore farming prospects, the pair voiced concern over the local water supply but plan to remain somewhere out West at least until spring.

Our last visitors of 2009 were locals -- Ulrich and Inge Lange of Paonia came to see us, as they do several times a year. They brought their daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Stephen Cohen, from White Plains, N.Y., on Christmas Eve Day and returned after the holiday with son Lars, who had driven all the way from Pittsburgh, Pa., for a visit. Barbara and Stephen said they planned to go skiing, spend some time in the renowned mountain town of Telluride, and "try to survive" their parental visit.

Longtime subscriber Sandy Kunzer of Sierra Vista, Ariz. sent us this note recently:

"In the Editor's Note in the Dec. 21/Jan. 4 issue, Paul Larmer uses the planner's acronym NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). On the off chance that you have not seen or heard them, here are a few more, possibly in increasing order of strictness:

NIMTOF: Not in My Term of Office

BANANA:  Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody

NOPE: Not on Planet Earth

And, of course, there's the general term LULU: Locally Unacceptable Land Use.

These were taught to me as a fledging planning commissioner by the staff at the city of Lakewood, Colo., many years ago." 

Thanks, Sandy, we're LOL.

"Firebrand Ways," our Dec. 21 Q&A with Kieran Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity, stated that CBD had "protected another 130 million acres" of critical habitat. We meant to write that CBD had proposed those acres for protection.

In the Dec. 7 "Heard Around the West" we referred to "Clemson University in Iowa." Alert reader Don Hagedorn pointed out that Clemson is actually in South Carolina. And he'd know, he writes, since his wife is a Clemson grad. We regret the errors.

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