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HCN’s board meeting on the horizon, and a springtime deep clean


Our biannual HCN board meeting is fast approaching. We hold “virtual” electronic meetings each year as well, but they can’t compete with the energy of our face-to-face real-life gatherings. That’s why staff and board are venturing out from our widely scattered burrows to convene in Basalt, Colorado, June 10-11.   

We’ll welcome six new board members: John Echohawk, co-founder of the Native American Rights Fund and a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; Samaria Jaffe, executive director of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association; Chad Brown, Portland-based founder of the nonprofit Soul River Inc., which brings young people and veterans to the river as nature ambassadors; Osvel Hinojosa, director of the water and wetlands program for Pronatura Noroeste, a conservation organization based in northwestern New Mexico; Raynelle Rino-Southon, a Bay Area environmental educator and ecologist; and Estee Rivera Murdock, who has worked for the National Park Service for nearly a decade. Thanks for your commitment, all!

And we’ll celebrate two major HCN anniversaries: Andy Wiessner of Snowmass, Colorado, has served 30 years on the board, and Luis Torres of Santa Cruz, New Mexico, has been a member for two decades now. Thank you both for your invaluable wisdom and counsel over the years.

HCN will also host a public forum on “The Fate of Our Public Lands” at the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center in Basalt. HCN editors Brian Calvert, Jonathan Thompson, Jodi Peterson and Tay Wiles will lead a discussion of the future of our public lands, which face unusual pressures from local-control and anti-federal movements, as memorably demonstrated at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. The June 10th talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by food and drinks. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Meanwhile, we’ve been busily sprucing up the office in Paonia, Colorado, during our annual spring clean. A little rearranging, painting and dusting have made a big difference, and we’re ready to welcome more visitors. The next time you visit you won’t have to use the office machete to chop through the cobwebs. Or at least we hope not.

We just caught up with longtime subscriber Jim Robinson, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, who spotted our sign during a recent swing through Paonia. We also had a nice chat with Carolyn Pree, a writer from Palisade, Colorado, who reminisced about her days at the Kodiak Daily Mirror in Alaska, years ago. Thanks for stoppin’ by; you’re always welcome!

A correction: In a May 2 review on the novel Black River, we incorrectly named the author. It’s S.M. Hulse, not S.E. Hulse. We regret the error.