Rafters and writers come to call

  • Reader Sarah Porterfield came to visit the HCN offices.

    Nathan Rice

In early May, subscribers John and Susan Lobonc stopped by our Paonia, Colo., office while on a driving tour of national parks. They came all the way from Naperville, Ill., and arrived just as rainstorms were dousing the region. Their spirits were undampened, though, and they were excited to see the West they read about in HCN.

Reader Sarah Porterfield paid us a visit on her way to Moab, Utah, where she'll spend her seventh season working as a rafting instructor for Outward Bound. She's a student of environmental history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, focusing on Colorado River water use. "It's nice to see the rivers running high," she said.

Author Dianne Dumanoski talked to us about the forces of climate change and globalization and the fundamental shifts human societies must make to adapt. She brought along her new book, The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth. Dianne, an environmental journalist, was in town from Boston, Mass., to visit scientist Theo Colborn, founder of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange.

Pattie Logan, a freelance television producer based in Boulder, Colo., stopped in to talk multimedia and story ideas while traveling to a graduation ceremony in Grand Junction. She's currently researching Native American land trusts in the West. Pattie has produced multimedia pieces on topics ranging from the story of the over-allocated Colorado River to gorilla conservation in Africa.

On their way from Salida, Colo., to go camping in southern Utah, HCN fans Cookie Perl and Steve Harris came by to say hello. Self-described "old hippies exploring new territory," Cookie is a retired schoolteacher, while Steve is a carpenter on a historic preservation project at Colorado Mountain College.

In late April, even as writer Lisa Jones was putting the finishing touches on our May 16 feature story "A Flood Of Ill Health: The story of three tribes, a dam, and a diabetes epidemic," she was also squeezing in visits to the hospital in Casper, Wyo., to see her friend Stanford Addison, a Northern Arapaho horse gentler and traditional healer. Stanford, a quadriplegic and a diabetic, died on May 10, at the age of 52. Stanford's work with troubled Arapaho youth was described in Lisa's story "Got Warriors?" in the April 29, 2009, issue of HCN. She also wrote a book that chronicled their friendship: Broken: A Love Story.

Leslie Baker, 52, of New Town, N.D., died April 30 at the hospital in Bismarck, N.D. A photo of Leslie receiving dialysis on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation appeared in "A Flood Of Ill Health"; he died of complications related to obesity and diabetes. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of both men.

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