Staffing changes and visitors to the office.

  • Dale Hawker shows off his wolf pride with a wolf-adorned T-shirt.

    Brooke Warren

As of May 26, associate editor Brian Calvert takes over as managing editor of High Country News. Jodi Peterson, who did the job for five years, has decided to focus on writing and editing, so she’ll become our second senior editor, joining Jonathan Thompson but remaining here in Paonia, Colorado. As for Brian, what can we say but (cue the ominous background music): “Your next stop is … the Twilight Zone!” Congratulations (we think) to both Brian and Jodi.

HCN contributor Ana Maria Spagna has just released a handbook for the post-oil world called 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (As We Know It). She describes it as “slightly tongue-in-cheek, but earnest, too, a quirky shift in thinking about what makes us human, what might help us survive.” Her suggestions include “canning” and “bartering,” but also “daydreaming,” “laughing” and “staying home.” For details, see

Nick Neely, former HCN intern (winter 2010), recently received a Food and Farming journalism fellowship from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Nick plans to write about the way “excess hatchery salmon and steelhead in Oregon are delivered to food banks or thrown back into streams as carcasses to enrich the ecosystem.” He first hatched this story idea while at HCN, he says.

And finally, our own website,, received first place for “General Website Excellence” in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies annual contest. We competed against other publications from four Western states, with readerships of 30,000-79,000, for “content, interactivity, design, navigation, multimedia and community tools.” Good job, HCN! (If we do say so ourselves.) 

At well over 6 feet tall and wearing a T-shirt decorated with wolves, Dale Hawker stopped in to renew his longtime subscription. Dale, who runs a sawmill in Troy, Montana, population (maybe) 800, also makes lamps and tables, but is proudest of his dog, Timber, a 170-pound mix of Alaskan malamute and wolf, with fur as thick as dreadlocks. A lot of wolf-dog mixes have, um, emotional “issues,” but Dale assured us that his dog was just shy, though you wouldn’t want to “mess with his food” by attempting to take away a bone, for example, nor should you “come near him with scissors.” Dale added that his dog possesses remarkable discernment: “If he doesn’t want to let somebody out of their car, it’s because he shouldn’t. He’s a good judge of people.” We’ll take your word for it, Dale. But what about delivery people? “No problem!” said Dale. The UPS guy “always starts out flinging dog biscuits.” Dale was in our area to attend the 75th birthday party of his stepdad, Tom Huerkamp, a former HCN board member.

Our May 11 cover story, “The Wetland Wars,” said that Roy van de Hoek girdled eucalyptus while still a Bureau of Land Management employee; he actually did that two years after leaving that job.

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