On the road between here and there

  • Former HCN editor Rebecca Clarren, far left; contributor and author Craig Childs, third from left; former contributor and science writer Christie Aschwanden, fifth from left; HCN associate designer, Brooke Warren, sixth from left; and former contributor Alex Carr Johnson, third from right, participated in Paonia, Colorado’s TEDx event in February.

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We love Paonia, Colorado, the small town where High Country News is based, but we couldn’t function without our correspondents and editors, who are scattered all over the West. Our far-flung colleagues adventure through the region’s most unusual and beautiful places, reporting and writing the stories you find in the magazine. A lot of great people spend some time at HCN, but we’re especially thrilled when their journeys finally lead them back to us. 

And so we’re delighted to welcome back Kate Schimel, our assistant editor, who re-joins us at HCN headquarters after a long sojourn in the Pacific Northwest. Kate, who worked for us as an editorial intern and correspondent, is now back in Paonia, after a long, long, long drive from Seattle, across the sagebrush sea. It’s nice to have you back home again, Kate!

We’ve had a lot happening in our little town, including TedXPaonia, an independently organized TED event in early February, which included some of our favorite writers and speakers. Several longtime HCN contributors put in an appearance, including award-winning author Craig Childs and Christie Aschwanden, lead science writer for 538.com. And Rebecca Clarren, a longtime writer and former HCN editor, stopped by to peek at her old desk and reminisce about her time as an intern in 1999. (Not all the participants spoke, either: Brooke Warren, our associate designer, gave a wonderful modern dance performance.) A big thank-you to all the writers, editors and thinkers, near and far, who keep HCN chugging along.

Finally, a few clarifications. In our “Sagebrush Insurgency” issue (“The Rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs,” HCN, 2/2/16), we included a photo of Richard Mack, founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Mack spoke at a pro- (not anti-) gun rally in Washington, D.C., in 2010. In our graph, “Common Cause,” we listed Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey as supporting both the CSPOA and the Oath Keepers. Lopey says he has avoided contact with those groups since 2014. And in our story about anti-fracking measures, “Colorado activists set their sights on a ballot measure to limit drilling” (HCN, 2/22/16), Rep. Jared Polis did support two 2014 anti-fracking measures, including one that would have created an “environmental bill of rights,” which were slated for the Colorado ballot and were widely supported by many activists. However, neither of those initiatives had backing from the Colorado Community Rights Network, and it was federal district court that overturned a community ordinance, not New Mexico, as we indicated. We regret the confusion.

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