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.

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