See you in October!

  • David and Laurie Marks, with her sister Alison Johnson.

    Brian Calvert
  • Laura Colbert and Lance Waring were among our summer visitors.

    Wyatt Orme

It’s time to slip out of the HCN office while the hiking’s still good. We publish 22 issues a year, so we’re skipping an issue in mid-September. Look for us in your mailbox around Oct. 13; meanwhile, visit for fresh news, analysis and commentary.


Charles Bowden passes

We’re sad to note that author and investigative reporter Charles Bowden has died. A fearless chronicler of the Southwest and the Mexican border, Bowden passed away on Aug. 30 at age 69, at home in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our next issue will feature a profile of Bowden, by Utah author Scott Carrier, written shortly before he died. In the meantime, you can read Bowden’s most recent HCN essay, on drug trafficking and undocumented immigration, at


Visitors from Texas and Telluride

Here in our western Colorado hometown, Paonia, the peaches are ripe and the monsoon season is riper, bringing showers of both rain and visitors — and all are most welcome!

Deirdre Daly and Todd Hetherington stopped by our office on a trip from Lyons, Colorado, where Todd teaches automotive repair. Their town suffered major flood damage last fall, and Deirdre helped organized neighborhood cleanup efforts this spring. She gets a subscription of HCN for her brother, who works for the Associated Press.

Laura Colbert and Lance Waring came by on their way back home to nearby Telluride. On their staycation, they visited the local ski-resort towns of Aspen and Crested Butte. He’s the board vice president of the annual Telluride Mountainfilm festival, and she’s been a producer at Reel Thing Films, which recently released Uranium Drive-in, a documentary about a nearby community torn apart by a uranium mill proposal.

In town to visit his mother, Jason Pierce stopped by to say hello. He is an assistant professor in the History Department at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, and specializes in the American West, Native American history and American environmental history.

David and Bonnie Inouye popped in on the way to their summer home at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, Colorado, where David has spent more than 35 years studying wildflowers. He’s no stranger to HCN, having recently been interviewed by HCN fellow Krista Langlois for a story on wildflowers and climate change.

On a summer road trip, David Marks, his wife, Laurie, and her sister, Alison Johnson, came in for a tour. They were taking a grand loop around western Colorado, from Grand Junction, where the Marks live, through Paonia, over McClure Pass to the north, and into the old quarry town of Marble. We hope Alison, who is from San Diego, relishes the change from piñon-juniper desert to lush alpine aspen.

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