Viva la independent press!

  • Laura Paskus, former HCN assistant editor, won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.


High Country News was just nominated for two of the 22nd Annual Utne Independent Press awards. Utne, which curates the best of the alternative and independent press in its bimonthly magazine and website, has put us in the running in the General Excellence and Environmental Coverage categories. The awards, notes Utne's press release, are "designed to celebrate those independent and alternative periodicals that give readers a fresh take on their world." Winners will be announced in May; we're keeping our fingers crossed!

And former HCN assistant editor Laura Paskus recently won first place in general environmental reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists in its annual Top of the Rockies Competition. Laura, an Albuquerque-based freelancer who reports on environmental issues for the Santa Fe Reporter, wrote her winning story on how pollutants in the Rio Grande may be linked to reproductive disorders in the endangered silvery minnow. You can read her Aug. 25, 2010, article here: Congrats, Laura!

We're pleased to announce that editorial intern Nathan Rice will become our third-ever editorial fellow this summer. After his six-month internship ends in mid-June, Nathan will stay on with us for another six months as a staff reporter. Nathan studied environmental science at Western Washington University, spent several years working in wildlife research and is currently taking a hiatus from the University of Colorado's graduate program in environmental journalism. A native of rainy Olympia, Wash., he has relished the Colorado winter sunshine and is now bracing himself for the blazing-hot Paonia summer.


Our April 18 cover story, "Unstoppable River" by Craig Childs, incorrectly reported that the annual power output of Glen Canyon Dam is equivalent to 11 billion barrels of oil. That number should have been 11 million, according to Bureau of Reclamation figures. We regret the error.

For our May 2 profile of Bethany Cotton, a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, the full name of the organization for which she does pro bono work is Friends of Living Oregon Waters; she mostly focuses on proposals for liquefied natural gas ports and pipelines.

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