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HCN rocks with eTown


ETown, the eco-groovy weekly radio music show based in Boulder, Colo., will honor HCN Founder Tom Bell and HCN's 40th Anniversary with its E-chievement Award at a special concert July 30 at the Redrocks Amphitheater near Denver. The "Greenrocks at Redrocks” event will feature great music from Lyle Lovett and Taj Mahal, a little stage time for HCN, and carbon-friendly transportation. For more information and tickets, go to etown.org. An interview with Tom Bell will air on eTown's radio broadcast of the concert, carried by more than 275 stations across the country.

Welcome, new interns
Here at HCN headquarters in Paonia, Colo., we've got a freshly arrived trio of interns who will work as staff reporters for the next six months.

Denver Nicks was born in Oklahoma and raised on politics. He received a bachelor's in political science and international studies from Southern Methodist University, then traveled to the Philippines as a Fulbright scholar. While there, he dodged bullets in a failed coup attempt (as an observer; he was not actually trying to take over the government). A recent graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Denver served as a representative for the Earth Institute Advisory Council in New York City.

As a staff writer for The Tulsa World and freelancer for The Daily Beast, Denver has  long been committed to covering "underrepresented perspectives.” He looks forward to combining his lifelong passions for Western politics and the environm ent at HCN. "The West may not all be wild anymore,” he says, "but it is weird.”

Emilene Ostlind has an omnivorous intellect and a bone-deep love for the land. While earning a triple bachelor's in environment and natural resources, humanities/fine arts and Spanish from the University of Wyoming, the Big Horn, Wyo., native led expeditions with the university outdoor program into the arid wilderness near Laramie.

After finishing her degrees, Emilene moved to Washington, D.C., to work as an assistant to the photo editor at National Geographic Magazine.

When the opportunity arose to join a National Geographic photographer on assignment in India, she grabbed it. The pair spent months tracking snow leopards in the Himalayas. Her experiences inspired her to believe "that writing and photography can actually change the world, can motivate people to take action on conservation and social issues.”

Emilene also served as an assistant editor at her university's literary journal, The Owen Wister Review, where one of her fiction pieces was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. This spring, she completed a dual MFA in environment and natural resources and creative nonfiction at her alma mater. In further pursuit of world-changing writing, she has migrated to Paonia to sharpen her skills as a journalist with High Country News.

Adam Petry has long moved between the worlds of science and literature, something he will continue as an intern at High Country News.

In 2003, he traveled to South Dakota from his home state of Illinois to help reintroduce swift foxes and prairie dogs on media mogul Ted Turner's bison ranch. Since then he has worked as a field biologist, surveying bears in California, raptors in Montana and ocelots in Panama. When not doing fieldwork, he focuses on writing, most recently as managing editor of Ecotone, a journal of environmental literature. Adam holds a B.S. in wildlife biology from Truman State University in Missouri, and later this year he'll complete his master's of fine arts in creative nonfiction writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

At HCN, Adam hopes to report on topics ranging from endocrine disruptors to mineral law. He also anticipates Paonia's fruit crop with enthusiasm, "especially the monster peaches.”