A lovely and restless autumn

  • Interim Feature Designer Kris Scott will be working her magic on our feature stories.

    Kris Scott

Art Director Cindy Wehling is taking a much-deserved sabbatical through the end of the year, after more than 20 years of HCN deadlines. (That's more than 500 issues!) While Cindy's traveling the West and working on an addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house she and husband Don Olsen built, Denver freelance designer and editor Kris Scott has stepped up to work her magic on our covers and feature stories. Kris has been a writer, editor, web designer, magazine designer and managing editor. At the Rocky Mountain News, she was a colleague of one of the original HCN designers, Kathy Bogan. Acting Production Manager Shaun Gibson will design the rest of the magazine.

Cindy isn't the only one hitting the road: In mid-September, former High Country News intern Jeff Chen (winter/spring 2009) and his friend, Davey Rogner, received "Person of the Week" recognition from ABC news for their unusual country-crossing jaunt. The two self-described "pickup artists" have been on the road for more than a year, collecting garbage along roadsides to raise awareness about the waste generated by consumer culture. So far, they've removed 132,000 pounds of refuse -- and they've only made it to Kansas! They expect to be in San Francisco by late next year (by way of HCN HQ in Paonia, of course). Check out pickupamerica.org for more info.

Plenty of other interesting folks seem to have the traveling bug as well. New subscriber Nat Lichten of Portland, Ore., recently rolled into Paonia, Colo., on a bicycle with enough gear to pedal the length of the Colorado River -- or as much of it as roads will allow. Starting in Lyons, Colo., he rode over the Continental Divide to meet the river at its Rocky Mountain National Park headwaters. He plans to check out water projects and talk to those affected by them, to better understand the "economic and social geography the projects are trying to create."

The Ferry family -- Brendan, Molly and four-month-old daughter Kaya Jean -- were exploring the Western Slope. "Beautiful country," they said; we agree. As environmental professionals in Lake Tahoe -- Brendan a planner and Molly a research botanist -- they read HCN to keep up on related issues across the West. But their interests include other topics, too -- social justice, wildlife, Indian reservation politics. We guess that Kaya, possibly our youngest reader, focuses primarily on the cartoons.

Honeymooners Emily Hertz and Steven DeGrush dropped by in September. They recently moved from Seattle to Golden, Colo., where Steven works as a contractor for the National Park Service and Emily is a therapist for the Eating Disorder Center of Denver and center coordinator for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. And civil engineer Jesse Giuliano and his wife, Sarah, a server at an organic restaurant, came by on their way home to Durango, Colo. Jesse said he finally subscribed to HCN this year after subsisting for five years on copies that coworkers brought in.

Corrections and clarifications
In the Sept. 5 issue, the snapshot "Flight Risks" implied that a photo of dead waxwings included only cedar waxwings; it also included bohemian waxwings. In that same issue, the story "Two visions for land ownership" said that the Mountain Maidu Indian tribe plans to re-establish native rainbow and brook trout to the Humbug Valley. In fact, brook trout hail from east of the Mississippi; the tribe plans to restore only native fish.

In the Sept. 19 issue, a caption in "Lost Opportunity" incorrectly stated that the Clark Fork River drains into the Columbia River in Idaho. It actually drains into Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho, which drains into the Columbia in Washington via the Pend Oreille River. We regret the errors.

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