Chill out with HCN and some chili

  • Former staffer Steve Hinchman, with his wife, Debbie Weiss, and daughters Tess and Abbie.

    Paul Larmer

We'd like to invite our Colorado Western Slope readers and friends to a potluck chili feast following our late-spring board meeting. Come meet other HCN fans and our staff and board members.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Town Park here in Paonia. We'll provide the chili -- hot, mild and vegetarian; please bring your favorite side dish or chili topping to share. New Belgium Brewery is donating the (excellent) beer. Please RSVP to Alyssa Pinkerton at [email protected] or call 800-905-1155.

Multimedia journalists Morgan Heim (an HCN intern in summer 2007) and Joanna Nasar are heading to southern Thailand to report on the elusive fishing cat, a rare wild feline that swims for its meals. Morgan and Joanna raised $8,000 this spring through the crowdfunding platform Their "Cat in Water" project "aims to bring back an unprecedented look at this rarely seen species. ... This cat can actually thrive in developed areas, so is a species at risk that doesn't necessarily need protection of large swathes of wilderness to survive." Send us a postcard, Mo!

In early May, Reede Hoskin and Richard Ivker ventured over from the Roaring Fork Valley to visit us in Paonia. Reede, a builder and real estate developer from winter-sports mecca Aspen, was scoping out opportunities to move off the grid. "The climate is right here," he said of the North Fork Valley. Richard, an HCN subscriber and attorney in Glenwood Springs, was heading out to raft the San Juan River.

Marian Tolles stopped by the office to say hello. From Steamboat Springs, Colo., she accompanied her husband south to Paonia. "I came along to see green leaves and grass," said Tolles, whose home at almost 7,000-feet elevation has yet to see the spring. "It's like summer down here," she said.

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Steve Hinchman wrote feature stories for HCN on subjects like mining law, the Animas-La Plata water project and the potential for collaboration between ranchers and environmentalists. Today, he's an independent lawyer based in Maine, representing conservationists and fishermen, whom he calls the ranchers of the East. Steve, who stopped by the HCN office for a visit in April, says his journalism training has come in handy in the legal realm: He's made more progress in protecting the environment by influencing public opinion via the press than by filing lawsuits.

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