Farewell to a senior editor

  • HCN editor Jonathan Thompson took a trip in the proposed Bears Ears national monument in Utah before moving to Bulgaria.

    Jonathan Thompson
 

This issue we’re saying goodbye, in a way, to longtime High Country News writer and old friend Jonathan Thompson, who is leaving his post as senior editor in Durango, Colorado, to move to Bulgaria with his family. There he’ll be hard at work turning his extensive reporting on Colorado’s Gold King Mine spill into his first book. He’s not quite off the hook with us, however: He has agreed to continue working part-time for High Country News as a contributing editor. Good luck, Jonathan.

Closer to home, we’re now calling for submissions for our annual reader photo contest. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, we’re dedicating this year’s competition to the parks you love, from the world-famous to the nearly unknown. Submit up to three images of people, wildlife, landscape, trees, wildflowers or landscapes in national parks or monuments in the American West. Submissions are accepted through Aug. 31. For details on prizes and more, go to hcn.org/photos16.

This summer has been filled with new and old friends who have dropped by the magazine here in Paonia, Colorado. Jordan Roth, a long-distance cyclist making his way around Colorado, rolled into our office after a storm in June, bedraggled and hungry from a night out in the rain. Jordan, who is from Fayetteville, Arkansas, had embarked on a monthlong tour of Colorado’s highest passes. His biggest day included two 11,000-foot passes: Berthoud and Loveland. We fed and watered him and sent him on his way. Great to meet you, Jordan, and we look forward to hearing about your trip.

Reader Bryan Johnson stopped by after backpacking in the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across parts of California, New Mexico and Arizona. Prior to that, Bryan, who is from Portland, Oregon, worked with “No More Deaths,” an organization that provides humanitarian aid to people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Thanks for coming by and sharing your story, Bryan.

Recent subscribers Susan and Clark Duffy, from Topeka, Kansas, popped into the office in August while they were in Colorado to visit family. They spent their college years in the West and started subscribing to High Country News because they want to stay connected to the region, its people and its issues. We also caught up with longtime subscriber Jim Barron this month, who stopped by the office after visiting his brother, author T.A. Barron, who writes about nature but is best known for his fantasy and children’s books. Jim’s mother, Gloria, donated to High Country News during the financial crisis in the 1970s, helping create what has become our Research Fund (see opposite page). We’re thankful to all of you for your enduring support.

High Country News Classifieds
  • LAND ACQUISTIONS SPECIALIST - RENEWABLE ENERGY
    Energiekontor US seeks experienced local candidate, must reside in western South Dakota. Send resume and cover letter to: [email protected]
  • TRANSPORTATION PLANNER
    TRANSPORTATION PLANNER Exciting opportunity to lead the charge on meeting the future transportation demands of our community! This position will develop, coordinate, and implement the...
  • EARNED MEDIA MANAGER WITH WESTERN RESOURCE ADVOCATES
    Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is dedicated to protecting the Wests land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance...
  • WILDLAND FIRE INSTRUCTOR
    Needed: instructor with 5 years *documented* instruction experience, current qualifications, M-410 or equivalent, and able to work as-needed for NM non-profit working with at-risk youth.
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Seeking passionate full-time Executive to lead the oldest non-profit organization in Idaho. Must have knowledge of environmental issues, excellent organizational, verbal presentation and written skills,...
  • COLORADO PROGRAM MANAGER
    The National Parks Conservation Association, the leading non-profit conservation organization protecting Americas national parks, seeks a Program Manager for its Colorado Field Office located in...
  • CONSERVATION DIRECTOR
    Carbondale based public lands advocate, Wilderness Workshop, seeks a Conservation Director to help direct and shape the future of public land conservation on the West...
  • DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR WATER PLANNING WITH WRA'S HEALTHY RIVERS PROGRAM
    Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is dedicated to protecting the Wests land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance...
  • TROUT UNLIMITED BIGHORN RIVER BASIN PROJECT MANAGER
    The Bighorn River Basin Project Manager identifies and implements projects to improve streamflows, restore stream and riparian habitat, improve fish passage and rehabilitate or replace...
  • NON-PROFIT OPERATIONS MANAGER
    One of the most renowned community-based collaboratives in the country seeks full-time Operations Manager to oversee administrative, financial, fund development, and board development duties. BS/BA...
  • RUSTIC HORSE PROPERTY
    in NM. 23 acres, off the grid, rustic cabin, organic gardens, fruit trees, fenced, call 505-204-8432 evenings.
  • DIRECTOR OF VISITOR SERVICES & BOOKSTORE OPERATIONS
    The San Juan Mountains Association in Durango, CO is seeking a Director of Visitor Services & Bookstore Operations to lead our visitor information program &...
  • SOLAR POWERED HOME NEAR CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
    1800 sf home on 4.12 acres surrounded by Natl Forest and recreational opportunities in a beautiful area (Happy Valley) between Torrey and Boulder. [email protected], www.bouldermoutainreality/properties/grover/off-the-grid-in-happy-valley,...
  • 40 ACRE ORGANIC FARM
    potential fruit/hay with house, Hotchkiss, CO, Scott Ellis, 970-420-0472, [email protected]
  • LAND CONSERVATION DIRECTOR
    Manage, develop and implement all stewardship and land management plans and activities on both private and public lands. Guide and direct comprehensive planning efforts, provide...
  • INTERNET-BASED BUSINESS FOR SALE
    Dream of owning your own business, being your own boss, working from home ... this is the one. 928-380-6570, www.testshop.com. More info at https://bit.ly/2Kgi340.
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    If you are deeply committed to public service and would like to become part of our high performing, passionate and diverse team, NCAT is looking...
  • TRIPLEX .8 ACRE KANAB, UT
    Create a base in the center of Southern Utah's Grand Circle of National Parks. Multiple residential property with three established rental units and zoning latitude...
  • FORGE & FAB SHOP
    with home on one beautiful acre in Pocatello, ID. Blackrock Forge - retiring after 43 years! Fully equipped 5,500 sf shop including office, gallery and...
  • SMALL FARM AT THE BASE OF MOUNT SHASTA
    Certified organic fruit/berry/veggie/flower farm. Home, barns, garage, separate apt, more. Just under 2 ac, edge of town. Famously pure air and water. Skiing, mountaineering, bike,...