A fall crop of visitors

  • Ann Watson visited from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Kimberly Hirai

Along with harvesting pears and apples here in HCN's hometown of Paonia, Colo., we've reaped a bountiful bunch of fall visitors.

Subscriber Lynn Lipscomb stopped by our offices to say hello in mid-September. Recently retired, she's enjoying autumn in the desert at her home in Hurricane, Utah, near Zion National Park. But come winter, she'll migrate to the milder climes of her other home in Corona, Calif. From Southern California originally, Lynn says she reads HCN to keep up on the water issues that hit home.

Silver City, N.M., residents Marc Levesque and Susan Porter planned to camp in nearby Crawford before exploring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Marc is a retired GIS consultant turned search-and-rescue volunteer and Susan is a retired massage therapist who now weaves accessories.

Rachel Shockley, an admissions counselor for Fort Lewis College in nearby Durango, stopped in after a visit with Paonia High School students. Subscribers Jim Lovett and Mary Ann Wilner came by the office just minutes after arriving in Paonia for a few days' vacation. They're originally from Brooklyn but moved to Boulder, Colo., five years ago. While here, they planned on enjoying local North Fork food and hiking.

Longtime subscriber Ann Watson visited on a sunny afternoon drive from nearby Blue Mesa, where her family owns property. The natural resource manager was on break from work in Albuquerque, N.M. Ann has done habitat restoration work with the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Arizona, and most recently the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. She's planning to move to Australia and get a job working with Aborigines on restoration projects.

Amy Lawson and Chris Hayes, subscribers from Wethersfield, Conn., stopped by the office with Amy's childhood friend, HCN contributing editor Michelle Nijhuis. Chris blogs about his "search for the perfect Western" at http://slapbookleather.blogspot.com.

"The Tamarisk Hunter," a sci-fi story about the West's bone-dry future by former HCN Web editor Paolo Bacigalupi, first appeared in our June 26, 2006, issue. Now it's been reprinted in a short-story anthology published by Verso Books. I'm With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet gathers 10 "provocative, occasionally chilling, sometimes satirical stories (that) bring a human reality to disasters of inhuman proportions." Paolo's star has been rising for the last few years -- he's received numerous awards for his sci-fi novels (including The Windup Girl and Ship Breaker).  

Utne Reader, which publishes "the best of the alternative press," just released its annual list of 25 "People Who are Changing the World." "(These) notable visionaries possess an inspiring combination of imagination, determination and energy," David Schimke, Utne's editor in chief, said. The list includes three with HCN connections: contributor Gary Paul Nabhan, "ethnobotanist and author who has been called 'the father of the local food movement' "; Tim DeChristopher, climate activist, whose purchase of energy leases at a BLM auction last year to prevent development inspired various op-eds; and Debbie Sease, national campaign director for the Sierra Club, whom we profiled in our May 1, 2011, issue.

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