Flocks of visitors

Readers visit from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, North Carolina and more.

  • Peter Ives of Albuquerque came to visit our headquarters in his red convertible.

    Sarah Tory

A great many visitors brightened HCN’s Paonia, Colorado, office in late summer and early fall — so many that we’re way behind on acknowledging them. Here’s a start.

Ken Cooper lives in the lush, beautiful mountains of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and teaches civil engineering in neighboring Asheville. He’s a native Westerner, though, who hopes someday to return to Arizona, where he spent most of his life. He took time off this summer to visit old friends and swing by his “favorite publication.” Ken loves contra dancing and wants to preserve the traditional dances and “proper” calling for future generations.

Longtime subscribers Robin and Glenn Wallace of Evergreen, Colorado, needed to give their neglected RV some lovin’, so in August they dusted it off and drove to Curecanti National Recreation Area, on the Gunnison River south of Paonia. After some hiking and relaxation, the couple came to town to eat and visit us. Glenn, a former BLM land-use planner, is now an activist for preserving open space, while Robin loves knitting and quilting.

Albuquerque resident Peter Ives, who was traveling from New Mexico to Steamboat Springs, parked his red convertible in Paonia long enough to visit HCN headquarters.  As a longtime print subscriber and retired university librarian, Peter enjoyed prowling through our archive of old HCN issues.

The first time Molly, Tico and Sofia Starr tried to visit Paonia from their nearby hometown of Basalt, in mid-August, the annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge had closed off the highway. Their second attempt went more smoothly, and they came by on their way to lunch. All three were looking forward to sampling the local produce — especially the peaches.

Martin and Kitty Pokorny from Socorro, New Mexico, rendezvoused here with friends and enjoyed our small town. Martin works at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Kitty works for the state Bureau of Geology. They left in style, with HCN T-shirts that perfectly complemented their ensembles.

At the end of a trip that ranged through Jackson Hole and the Idaho Panhandle, Don and Kathy Geddes stopped by. They were returning to Saguache, Colorado, in the beautiful San Luis Valley, where they’ve lived since 1995 after leaving the Denver area. Both are retired; Don is involved in the Orient Land Trust and Kathy volunteers in town.

Piera Kllanxhja lives a busy life in nearby Grand Junction: She’s a member of the Western Colorado Congress and works as an artist across many platforms. A potter, photographer and painter, she recently had an exhibition at Grand Valley Books in Junction. Originally from Manhattan, Piera moved to Ouray in the early 1970s and has been in western Colorado ever since.

From Albuquerque came Tom Mayer, a retired chemist who volunteers with the Sierra Club in Santa Fe. He appeared in full cycling attire but thoughtfully left his wheels outside and toured our offices- on foot, while his bike-trip companions enjoyed a cold beer. The group’s annual tour began in Salida, explored western Colorado and ended at the Colorado National Monument.

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