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Know the West

Ed Quillen anthology available now


Last June, regular High Country News contributor, Denver Post columnist and dear friend Ed Quillen died suddenly. Now, his daughter, Abby Quillen, has compiled an eBook anthology, Dispatches from the High Country: Essays on the West from High Country News, available on Amazon Kindle and through Smashwords. She's also gathered his best Denver Post columns in a printed book, Deeper into the Heart of the Rockies. "My dad had a knack for humor, an encyclopedic knowledge of Colorado history and lore, and he was never scared to say what he thought about anything," says Abby. You can find links to purchase both at http://edquillen.com.

We've had a steady stream of visitors to our Paonia, Colo., offices – always a pleasure.

Bob and Carol Wolff came from Santa Monica, Calif., on an early-August trip to nearby Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. "High points were a brass quintet in a meadow atop Ajax and the Snowmass rodeo, my wife's first," Bob later emailed us, along with one of his poems. He also admired our "good-looking building" (a former feed store).

Brad Donaldson enjoys HCN, but says, "I'm your worst kind of reader – I just read my mom's copies." Becky Jones, Brad's mom, who lives in nearby Delta and has been a subscriber since our Lander, Wyo., days, agrees: "One of the things I do before he visits is make sure I've read everything!" Brad, a park ranger at Utah's Canyonlands National Park, is also a scrapbooker who eagerly accepted two pre-print issues covered with editors' scribbles.

Jim Pribyl and Pat Heinz-Pribyl of Boulder, Colo., stockpile old issues and recycle them to friends and family. The longtime subscribers – who received our black-and-white edition when they lived in South Dakota – visited us for the first time in August, where they snacked on complimentary peanut butter cups and grilled us on our plans to maintain a print edition in the digital age.

Linda and Vic Sanzo traveled from Dewey, Ariz. for a fall vacation in the North Fork Valley. After a hot, dry summer in the "near-desert," they are enjoying the rain and green of HCN's neighborhood while fishing and touring the local wineries. Linda and Vic have been subscribers for about two and a half years, and it was after reading an HCN story about the nonprofit conservation group Great Old Broads for Wilderness that Linda decided to become one herself.

On an early-September Sunday while we were goofing off outdoors, Jeff Allen and Barbara Bergman of St. George, Utah, stopped by. We're sorry we missed them, but enjoyed their greetings: It's nice to start Monday morning with a friendly note on the office door.

In our Nov. 11 review of The Seventy-Mile Kid, we variously identified the organizer and co-leader of the first team to climb Denali (Mount McKinley) as Hudson "Stuck," "Stark" and "Stock." Hudson Stuck is the correct name." Note to copy editor: Conjugating names is never a good idea.