Time is running out to get the poster!

  • Former Paonia, Colorado, town manager John Johnson visited his former home to see local friends.

    Sarah Jane Keller

We're in the home stretch of our special referral promotion to enlist friends, family and colleagues to join the HCN community of people serious about the West. More than 125 new readers have stepped up to subscribe and support the work we do here. And their reward? Besides the high-quality journalism we're known for, they'll receive this longtime favorite illustration of the Colorado River Basin. We've received many calls and emails asking about purchasing this limited edition poster, but there's only one way to get it ... and that's to recruit a friend or purchase a gift subscription before the June 30 deadline. (Visit hcn.org/friends for details.)

Skipping an issue
In our 22-issue-per-year publishing schedule, we'll be skipping the next issue. Look for HCN in your mailbox again around July 22, and in the meantime check our website, hcn.org, for fresh news and commentary.

The warm weather brought us a brand-new subscriber, John Johnson. He came from Denver to our western Colorado town, to visit friends, and dropped in to our office after a bike ride and a visit to a local winery. He's no stranger here, though; he was Paonia's town manager in the early '80s.

Ron Singleton also stopped by HCN headquarters while scouting out Paonia as a "place to grow old gracefully." He's retired and currently living in Fort Collins, Colo., where he does a lot of bicycling.

David Meens of Boulder, Colo., came to see us while enroute to the Mountainfilm festival held each year in Telluride, Colo. He was scouting out HCN as a possible stop on a West-wide trip he leads each summer for the University of Colorado-Boulder's INVST Community Studies program, which surveys regional social and environmental issues with an emphasis on community service.

Buena Vista, Colo., residents Tyler Grimes and Beth Johnston dropped by; they've both done work for Colorado Central magazine, which was founded by the late, much-missed writer Ed Quillen. Beth is a photographer and Tyler is a writer who also works at Buena Vista's Weathervane Farm. They were checking out farms here in the North Fork Valley. They're getting married this month -- congratulations!

In our May 27 feature "Haywired," Jonathan Thompson wrote, in reference to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and the handful of other power plants surrounding it, "There is probably no other five-square-mile patch on the planet with more electrical generating capacity." However, a few massive hydroelectric dams overseas, most notably China's Three Gorges, can generate far more power.

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