High Country News launched its first "friends" referral subscription campaign on April 11. And, so far, several of you have stepped up to spread the word about HCN to your friends, family and colleagues. Participating subscribers who recruit two people to subscribe (or give gift subscriptions) will get a top-notch poster of a graphic that has stood the test of time.
For almost 30 years, the Colorado River Basin Plumbing graphic has been a favorite of HCN readers, educators, resource professionals and the like. It was first published in the Nov. 10, 1986 issue of HCN as part of a groundbreaking four-part series on water in the West. HCN won the prestigious 1986 George Polk Award for this coverage. "We knew we'd arrived when we won the Polk," says Betsy Marston, who was the paper's editor at the time.
HCN's then-Publisher Ed Marston envisioned the Colorado River graphic; Research Associate Mary Moran worked with illustrator Lester Doré to produce an easy-to-follow depiction of how the basin's rivers drain into various reservoirs and, from there, into water management systems.
In 2000, the illustration was re-rendered by artist Clint McKnight and published in HCN's first book, Water in the West. It was also included in several re-releases of HCN's water books as well as in many textbooks and academic publications since.
This latest 2013 rendering by Boulder, Colo., artist Holly McClelland has been updated to include the Verde River, Las Vegas-Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Warren H. Brock Reservoir. It is only available in this exclusive poster release and through participation in the friends campaign.
The full-color, 18-by-24-inch poster is printed on heavy stock suitable for framing. Visit hcn.org/friends to join the fun and get your copy.
Prizes and films
Congratulations to HCN Contributing Editor Craig Childs. In the last issue, we noted his nomination for the 2013 Orion Book Award for his new book Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth (Pantheon). In early April it was selected as the winner.
Longtime HCN contributor John Dougherty has made a documentary called Cyanide Beach as part of his yearlong investigation of the Augusta Resource Corporation, a Canadian company that wants to develop the Rosemont open pit copper mine south of Tucson, Ariz. Cyanide Beach -- which charges that Augusta executives were responsible for mine pollution in Italy -- has been shown in theaters throughout Arizona since last August, and on April 26 it'll be shown in the U.S. Capitol's screening room, by invitation only. (Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva arranged the screening.) You can view the movie at investigativemedia.com, as well as the company's response -- calling it an "attack video" -- at cyanidebeachtruth.com.
In our March 18 travel issue, the story "Secret Getaways of a BLM Groupie" mistakenly referred to Nevada's Gold Butte as Gold Buttes. We regret the error.