An urban experience

Fall board meeting, a new employee, and another science writing award for HCN.


High Country News’ board of directors met last month in Denver, where directors and top staff experienced the city’s remarkable downtown renaissance firsthand.  City visionary Tom Gougeon, president of the Gates Family Foundation (which provides financial support to HCN), led board and staff on a walking tour of Union Station, which in just a decade has been transformed from a derelict trainyard into a vibrant rail and bus hub surrounded by housing, restaurants and shops. Such dense, efficient urban areas create critical economic hubs and also help reduce pressures on surrounding open lands. (Senior editor Jonathan Thompson explains how light rail is transforming Western cities in an upcoming story.)

The meeting — the first for five new members, whom we’ll introduce in the next issue — focused on passing an annual budget that will help us increase the quality and quantity of our editorial coverage and attract a larger audience. One major new initiative is our Classroom Program, which provides free, semester-long student subscriptions for classroom use. So far, 96 professors, serving some 2,900 college and university students across the country, have signed up.

Now we’re busy raising the money to pay for the printing and postage of the extra issues. HCN board member Rick Tallman and his wife, Lisa Flores, jumpstarted the effort by hosting a fundraising party at their lovely Denver home. We want to thank all the readers who showed up, shared interesting stories and perspectives, and/or made a contribution. For more information on the HCN Classroom Program, please contact us — [email protected] or call 1-800-905-1155.


Another Award

The National Association of Science Writers recently recognized contributing editor Cally Carswell with a prestigious 2014 Science in Society award for her story “The Tree Coroners.” The Dec. 16 story, which profiled researchers who hope to save the West’s threatened forests by understanding just how and why trees die, won the Science Reporting with a Local or Regional Focus category. Congratulations, Cally!


A Brooke Runs Through the Office

HCN warmly welcomes our new Associate Designer Brooke Warren.

Brooke Warren tops out on one of her four trips to Machu Picchu this summer.
Courtesy of Brooke Warren

Brooke will find and assign photography, design magazine pages, create online galleries for the website, and even get out of the office for an occasional photo assignment. Born in Flagstaff, Arizona, Brooke grew up just over the mountains from Paonia, in Crested Butte. She’s a recent graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she studied visual journalism. She became increasingly interested in environmental and social issues through her studies and travels, including, most recently, guiding in Peru. Brooke hopes to improve our magazine’s visual appeal by including more photo stories and sidebars. After all, she says, “Visuals are what make people want to read the writing.” Brooke is a dancer, a runner, a climber and a budding Frisbee superstar.

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