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A cheery cherry celebration

The annual Cherry Days Festival brought hot temperatures and more visitors.


Summer brought Paonia very hot temperatures, along with the annual Cherry Days Fourth of July festivities and lots of friends coming by to check out our headquarters. Here are some of the friendly folks who stopped by.

Angela Dye of Telluride, Colorado, and her dog, Natasha, breezed through the office on a Friday afternoon after an arduous bike ride over McClure Pass between Carbondale and Paonia.

Angela Dye of Telluride, Colorado, stopped by downtown Paonia with her whole bike trip crew.
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Christopher Smith of Eldorado Springs, Colorado, also visited on the last Friday in June. As a scientist, Christopher is interested in fracking’s impacts on the West.

Ceal Klingler and Stacey Brown, from Bishop, California, stopped by with their dog, Oliver. Ceal has been reading HCN since 1997, and wrote a piece on groundwater in the Owens River Valley, and has also written for our syndicated opinion service, Writers on the Range. 

Barry Miller, a Hinsdale, New York, anti-fracking activist, and his friend, John Luse, were enjoying a motorcycle tour of the West. John, who lives in San Francisco, is concerned over the issues Indigenous people face and appreciated HCN’s coverage of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico (“Drilling Chaco,” HCN, 3/5/18).

Digital subscriber Matt Herman, who was also on a motorcycle tour of the West, came to see the office and get out of the sun for a while.

Pat Hutchings and Don Warder of Deer Park, Washington, came to visit Development Director Laurie Milford and her family; they left as new subscribers. Pat is the former director of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Menlo Park, and Don is a retired university professor.

Lisa Norby and Dave Shaver came by from Morrison, Colorado, on the Front Range. Lisa and Dave are both longtime readers who work with federal land-management agencies. Lisa is a friend of Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel’s family.

We are proud to announce that HCN received seven journalism awards from the Native American Journalists Association. Among the winners for the National Native Media Awards were Debra Utacia Krol, Kim Baca, Julian Brave NoiseCat, Jacqueline Keeler, Anna V. Smith and Julia O’Malley. Congratulations to all the hard-working writers and editors at our tribal affairs desk!

And congratulations to former editorial fellow Lyndsey Gilpin, who has launched Southerly Magazine, a publication dedicated to ecology, justice and culture in the American South. You can learn more at southerlymag.org.

A few corrections from our last issue (HCN, 6/25/18): In “Displaced/Erased,” the yellow-billed cuckoo was referred to as an endangered species; it is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. And in “Little Weed, Big Problem,” we erred in describing the size of a plastic vial; it was the size of a .22-caliber cartridge, not bullet.