HCN takes a spring break

  • Rick Tallman

  • Sean Benton

  • Wendy J. Pabich


In mid-March, as spring starts to sneak back to our hometown of Paonia, Colo., the HCN crew will be taking one of our four annual publishing breaks. Look for the next issue to hit your mailbox around April 16.

As an HCN subscriber, you get free access to all content on our website, as well as our new iPhone app and the "page-flipping" digital version of the print magazine. (To activate, go to hcn.org and click the "Login" link at the top right.) And you can forgo print altogether by purchasing a digital-only subscription, a choice more than 700 of you have made so far.

Although the growth in digital subscriptions has yet to knock our socks off, we have noticed a significant surge in the use of hcn.org. More first-time visitors are coming to the site, generally through our voluminous archives, which show up well on search engines. And more subscribers are coming to the site to read -- and comment on -- timely blog posts and op-eds that aren't in the print magazine. We hope more of you will join the dialogue on the website, as well as on our Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/highcountrynews) and Twitter pages (http://twitter.com/#!/highcountrynews).

We're delighted to welcome three new members to our board of directors. Rick Tallman of Denver, Colo., is a man of many passions, one of which is renewable energy; he is the founder of Renova Capital Partners, a private equity group that develops renewable power, and of Main Street Power Company, an international solar development firm. Rick served as a company commander in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War, and he holds bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He and his wife, Lisa Flores, are active education reformers and urban farmers at their Denver home.

Sean Benton came to Montana from the Midwest 17 years ago. He and his wife, Jennifer, fly-fish the Blackfoot, Bitterroot and various "nameless" places; Sean also hunts. He's the creative director and an owner of Partners Creative, an advertising and PR firm in Missoula that works with companies of all kinds, including social change and conservation organizations. Sean's agency has developed communications on many of the West's lightning-rod issues like clean water protection, dam removal and wolves. He's excited to use his professional skills, as well as those he gained as a longtime board member of the Five Valleys Land Trust, to help HCN increase its reach.

Wendy J. Pabich (pronounced PA-bick) is an environmental scientist, educator, adventurer and artist obsessed with all things water. She is the founder and president of Water Futures Inc., which helps communities find solutions for sustainable water management. Her passion for outdoor adventure and other cultures has taken her to Alaska, Patagonia and the Himalayas, but for the past seven years, she has called Hailey, Idaho, home. When she isn't working on water projects, making art or teaching (she has taught at MIT and the Sierra Institute), Wendy is writing. She is the author of Idaho: An Explorer's Guide and the upcoming Taking on Water: How One Water Expert Challenged Her Inner Hypocrite, Reduced Her Water Footprint (Without Sacrificing a Toasty Shower), and Found Nirvana.

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