Summertime slowdown


We publish 22 times per year, so we'll be skipping the next issue. Here in western Colorado, we'll be tending our gardens, celebrating the annual Cherry Days festival and the Fourth of July, and working on great stories for upcoming issues -- not necessarily in that order.

You'll see the next edition of HCN in your mailbox around July 19; in the meantime, enjoy the summer and be sure to visit for news and commentary.

Marilyn Schiveley and Andy Bucchiere made the drive to our Paonia offices on an unseasonably chilly day in late May. Andy's a self-described "eco-freak," while Marilyn has roots in nearby Grand Junction. Though they currently live near Sacramento, Calif., in the coming years they hope to balance their time, and minds, between the high-desert energy boomtown of Grand Junction and the temperate, environmentally minded city of Portland, Ore. -- towns about as far apart, ecologically and politically, as you'll find in the West.

Former HCN intern Evelyn Schlatter (winter 2008) has a new book out that examines the white supremacist and militia movements and their connection to Western culture. Aryan Cowboys, published by the University of Texas Press, explores how paramilitary groups are driven by the myth of the frontier and John-Wayne-style individualism.   Congrats on the book, Ev.

In the May 24 issue, our story "Going to Extremes" included a quote from an editorial in the Arizona Republic about Arizona being a place "where any crackpot whim can be enshrined into law." Our story stated that the quote referred to the state's recently-passed immigration crackdown law, but it actually referred to the state's attempt to pass a "birther bill" (effectively expressing doubt that President Obama was born in the U.S.). The Republic ran a different, front-page editorial opposing the immigration law.

Also in that issue, our feature "Accidental Wilderness" mentioned "looking for pronghorn," then stated that "sheep remained elusive." Although it wasn't clear from the wording, we were referring to two different species, pronghorn antelope (which are not actually antelope, but rather the only members of the family Antilocapradae) and bighorn sheep. When it comes to mammal identification, we're no Johnny-come-ungulate-lies.

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