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Welcome, Brian Calvert!


HCN is delighted to welcome new associate editor Brian Calvert. Brian, a fourth-generation Wyoming native, grew up in Pinedale and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994 with a BA in English liberal arts and minors in writing and media studies. He has worked as a foreign correspondent, writer, audio journalist, and, most recently, a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. After extensive time in Cambodia, China and Afghanistan, Brian has a new appreciation for the West and is thrilled to be back. When he's not working, you can find him outside, trying to regain his mountain hardiness.

We have a winner (several, actually)
outdid itself in the Society for Professional Journalists' 2014 Top of the Rockies Contest, for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming publications. In the "Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000" category, we won three first-place awards for General Reporting ("Groundwater Legacy on the Rocks" by correspondent and former fellow Sarah Keller, and "The Tree Coroners" and "Farming on the Fringe" by contributing editor Cally Carswell). Senior editor Jonathan Thompson's posts took first place in the Blog category, and former editor-in-chief Greg Hanscom's "Red Rock Resolution" got third place in General Reporting: Politics. Congrats to all!

Farewell to Billy Frank Jr.
Billy Frank Jr., a legendary advocate for tribal sovereignty, died May 5 at his home near Olympia, Washington, at 83. The Nisqually elder fought to restore fishing rights for tribes in the 1960s and '70s, and was arrested more than 50 times for "illegal fishing," a struggle HCN contributor Charles Wilkinson chronicled in his award-winning Messages from Frank's Landing. In 1974, the Boldt court decision affirmed that tribes had treaty rights to half of the salmon harvest on their traditional lands. A forward-thinking conservation leader, Frank chaired the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, which included the state's 20 treaty tribes, for more than 30 years, and inspired the Environmental Protection Agency to create an office for tribal issues. In 1992, he received the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism; in 2004, Indian Country Today presented him with the American Indian Visionary Award. Reader and Seattle philanthropist Martha Kongsgaard, who worked with Billy on the Puget Sound Partnership's leadership council, wrote a remembrance:

"I don't believe in magic," Billy once said. "I believe in the sun and the stars, the water, the tides, the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running, the wind talking. They're measurements. They tell us how healthy things are. How healthy we are. Those who learn to listen to the world that sustains them can hear the message brought forth by the salmon."  …

Billy was a fearless advocate … for his people's interest and the planet's interest, which … he argued was good for the greater public's interest, out seven generations. … Billy Frank was the rare leader – more quiet than shrill, more discreet than brash, more serious than trivial, but relentless – who worked at the intersection of one of the nation's seminal civil rights battles and beyond as warrior, peacemaker, consensus builder, and finally: visionary.

Are you missing something?
We've discovered that at least a few of the copies of our last edition were missing pages 9-20, which included our feature story about diversity in the national parks. If your HCN arrived without all its pages, please contact our circulation department ([email protected] or 800-905-1155) for a new one.