On Rhubarb and redactions

An HCN editor trains NYTimes staff, and we remember longtime readers.

 

Minutes later, Rhubarb discovered the joy of swimming in the muddy irrigation ditch.
Luna Anna Archey/ High Country News

It’s been a busy time for High Country News staff all around the West. Over in our Paonia office, Associate Photo Editor Luna Anna Archey’s new puppy, Rhubarb, has successfully charmed most of the staff since she arrived as a tiny fur ball in April. A rescue of uncertain breeding but undeniable cuteness, Ruby is growing fast. She’s a welcome addition to the HCN pack. In early May, the Gunnison satellite office staff celebrated the birthday of Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert, who turned [REDACTED] years old.

On May 7, Contributing Editor Graham Lee Brewer led a cultural competency and ethics training workshop for reporting in Indian Country with the staff of The New York Times’ national desk. A few weeks earlier, Brewer led a similar workshop with the Mountain West News Bureau. The Native American Journalists Association sponsored both events. Meanwhile, Julian Brave NoiseCat’s February 2018 story “A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban” was a finalist for the prestigious Livingston Award for excellence in local journalism. The award honors standout work by journalists under the age of 35.

We have a few pieces of sad news to share from the wider HCN community. James Bishop Jr., an author, periodic contributor and conservationist, died April 23 at the age of 82. Bishop spent his early life as an editor at Newsweek magazine and later worked as an energy official in President Jimmy Carter’s White House. His true calling, though, was as a writer about, and advocate for, the American Southwest. One of his books compiled myths and legends from the region, while another detailed the life of another desert lover, Edward Abbey. In this publication, his dispatches from Arizona included literary essays and reporting on pollution and development. While he often bemoaned the haze hanging over the Grand Canyon or the filling of Lake Powell, Bishop continued working through the end of his life, according to those who knew him. “He never lost hope,” wrote his friend Lorena Williams.

We also want to honor the memory of longtime readers Allan and Armella Benton. A lifelong environmentalist, Allan died in August 2011 at the age of 84, while Armella passed away two years later. She was also 84. Allan and Armella’s daughter, Ruth, made a major donation to the magazine in their memory last fall. We at HCN want to thank the Benton family for sticking with us all these years.

Finally, a small correction is in order from our Outdoor Recreation and Travel issue (HCN 5/13/19). A caption mistakenly referenced Olympia National Park. It is Olympic. And in the Heard Around the West photo from the same issue, the caption reads “Colorado.” Some astute readers have pointed out that the license plate pictured is from Montana. We want to clarify that it was seen and sent by a reader in Silverton, Colorado. We regret the errors. 

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