A skipped issue and a trickle of visitors

Plus, a plug for our classroom subscription program and a gun-related correction.

  • Visitors Dave Herz of Paonia, Michael “Muktuk” Arsulich of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Elliot Silberberg from Italy, came by the HCN office.

    Brooke Warren
  • Lynn Eby visited Paonia as well.

    Brooke Warren

As summer slides into fall, we’re taking a two-week publishing break to savor the season, can some peaches and salsa, and watch for the first changing aspen leaves. So we’re skipping an issue — we publish 22 times a year — but fear not: The magazine will be back in mid-October. In the meantime, visit hcn.org for fresh news and opinion.

We always relish having visitors here at our western Colorado headquarters.

David and Pam Palmer came through Paonia in mid-August, hoping to beat the heat back at home in Gilbert, Arizona. Days earlier, on their way north, the Palmers watched the orange plume of mining waste in the Animas River flow through Farmington, New Mexico.

David, a geologist with El Paso Natural Gas, plans to check U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges when he returns home, he says, to determine whether or not the EPA was telling the truth about the volume of the toxic spill, estimated at about 3 million gallons.

On her way to nearby Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Lynn Eby from Albuquerque stopped by for a quick visit. She’s friends with former editorial intern Katie Mast (summer 2013), and when Lynn was looking for a “place to lay her head” during her travels through the West, the name of our small town rang a bell.

From Portland, Oregon, came Dennis Wentz, who dropped by our office in late August following a visit with his daughter, who lives in nearby Crested Butte. Dennis, a longtime reader and frequent writer of letters to the HCN editor, formerly worked for the USGS, where he studied the effects of acidic mine drainage on water quality in Colorado during the 1970s. Though he eventually moved to Oregon, he still returns to Colorado each fall to photograph the golden aspen trees.

The HCNU Classroom Program gives away free magazine subscriptions to teachers in higher education for their students. Thanks to grant funding, we are able to engage young readers in the important issues facing the American West with this program. If you know an instructor who might be interested, please send them to hcn.org/edu to sign up and find out more.

Alert reader Chuck Brushwood, of Omak, Washington, sent a note about our Aug. 17 story “Sea lions feast on Columbia salmon”:  “The shotgun you describe in your article is almost certainly a Remington 870 marine magnum, not a “Remington .780.” 870 is the model number (not caliber or gauge) of one of Remington’s very popular and widely sold pump-action shotguns. I own an 870 myself that I use for waterfowl, upland bird, and forest grouse hunting.” Thanks for the close read, Chuck!

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