Yodelers, goats, promotions and other surprises

Two of our editors advance, and HCN wins an award for Best Energy and Environment Writing.


Members of Cowboy Corral from Carbondale graced the ears of our Paonia office with some spectacular yodeling.
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As the last mounds of old snow melt in Gunnison, Colorado, home to our satellite office, spring is ushering in some exciting changes for High Country News.

In early April, we welcomed Emily Benson into her new role as associate editor for the “West-North desk,” leading our coverage of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies. Emily started working for HCN as an intern in 2017 and was promoted to assistant editor the following year. We’re delighted that she’s bringing her clear thinking and thorough reporting into this new leadership role. Following in her footsteps, Carl Segerstrom has been promoted to the desk’s assistant editor. Carl also came through the internship program, in 2018, and has done excellent work covering public lands and policy and watchdogging the Department of the Interior. Both editors testify to the quality of the training program HCN has created for young and ambitious journalists. Congrats, Emily and Carl!

In other news, two members of our editorial department have been offered tremendous opportunities for professional development. Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert was selected as a cohort for the 2019 Institute for Nonprofit News Emerging Leaders Council, which helps build business, strategy and leadership skills. And Digital Editor Gretchen King earned the 2019 Yale Publishing Course’s Innovative Leader Scholarship and will attend courses there this summer.

We’re also pleased to announce that the National Press Association’s Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing went to Daniel Glick and Jason Plautz, for their HCN feature story, “When your neighborhood goes boom” (10/29/18). The judges praised the two writers for weaving “strong local reporting into a multimedia narrative.”

Halfway through his visit, Noodle retired to the back issue collection for a short nap.
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The warmer weather has brought an assortment of unexpected visitors to our headquarters in Paonia, Colorado. A friendly goat named Noodle dropped by to say hello. Noodle, a triplet — his sisters are Ladybug and Butterfly — would have been the hooves-down most exciting guest, if not for the arrival of yodelers Pecos Pete, Lassie Lou and other members of the Cowboy Corral from the nearby town of Carbondale. The singers, who were in the area to perform at nursing homes and a surprise birthday party, gave us a delightful rendition of “Home on the Range.” Thanks for the joyful distraction, Cowboy Corral!

Meanwhile, longtime subscriber Tom Casadevall, from Lakewood, Colorado, toured the office with his Michigan friend Bill Rose. Both are geologists, and Bill’s visit convinced him to invest in a rock-solid digital subscription. Visiting from Boulder, Colorado, were Cathleen and Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey, and their children, Jeremiah, 9, and Finn, 12. This very gracious family moved to Colorado from Oklahoma, where Cathleen worked as a domestic violence counselor for the Eastern Shawnee Tribe. The couple started reading HCN 15 years ago and have been faithful subscribers ever since. Thank you all for your support!

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