Spring visitors

  • Zac and Lisa Tuthill

    Rachel Waldholz

Here in Paonia, Colo., March brought us 60-degree days and 20-degree days, glorious sunshine and freezing sleet -- sometimes during the same half-hour. Zac and Lisa Tuthill stopped by on one of the wet, snowy days, on their way home from Moab to Laramie, Wyo., where she's a psychotherapist and he's studying civil engineering. A spring blizzard stranded them on the Western Slope, waiting for better weather. This was Zac's second visit in a year -- he came by last summer with his grandmother, Mary Alice Evans of nearby Crawford, Colo., who's been a subscriber since HCN was based out of Lander, Wyo.

John and Brenda Olson of Golden, Colo., and Adrian Wilson of Denver came to visit after rock climbing near Canon City and then skiing at Crested Butte. (They planned to take it easy until they reached Vail later in the week.) Adrian says he began reading HCN about 10 years ago, while John and Brenda have had us on their radar for even longer.

Longtime subscribers Nels Leutwiler of Chicago, Ill., and Bill Halligan of Estes Park, Colo., swung by while shuttling from Aspen to Telluride. They were enjoying a weeklong ski trip with two other high school buddies (whom they left in the truck during a quick office tour). Each had brought along a copy of HCN for reading material between days on the slopes -- a sure sign they had to come visit our office. They left with a couple of free books to peruse, too.

High Country News was just nominated for two Utne Independent Press awards, for Environmental Coverage and General Excellence. To quote from Utne's notification letter: "You have received the nods because your story choices are fresh, your writing and editing exemplary, your visual execution pitch perfect, and, frankly, because we cannot wait for High Country News to show up on our shelves." We're anxiously awaiting Utne's final selections.

And congratulations to contributing editor Michelle Nijhuis, who won the 2010 First Person Narrative award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her essay "Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35" in the Sept. 14, 2009, issue. The ASJA awards honor outstanding nonfiction produced on a freelance basis.


Yale Press just released a book by Anders Halverson, a former HCN intern (winter 1995). An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World is, according to Headwaters News, "a marvelous marriage of history, science and explanatory journalism rendered in a flowing narrative."

Former HCN contributor Mark Matthews also has a new book: Droppers: America's First Hippie Commune, Drop City, from the University of Oklahoma Press. "It's a good fast read," writes Mark, "and should bring back some interesting memories if you grew up during the sixties." He chronicles the rise and fall of the first hippie commune, founded in 1965 near Trinidad, Colo.

Paul VanDevelder's March 1 opinion piece "This house of thieves," states that U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth was appointed by the first President Bush, but he was actually appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Alert reader Gerald Radden pointed out that in the March 15 "Heard Around the West," we said that a man had forgotten a loaded handgun in the restroom of the Cost Plus World Market in Kimball Junction, Wyo. The store is actually in Kimball Junction, Utah. "We passed a law threatening to jail feds attempting to enforce gun laws," wrote Gerald, a Wyoming resident. "We need to lay low for a while and let Utah take the heat."

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