Plans for HCN’s 50th anniversary bash come together

From puppies to party planning to new fellowships, we remain busy.

 

Nana enjoys the snow at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado.
Helen Santoro/HCN

From adopting puppies to planning our 50th anniversary bash, we’ve been busy. Here’s the inside scoop from our Paonia, Colorado, headquarters and elsewhere across the West.

Over Christmas, Editorial Fellow Helen Santoro’s wife, Ky, impulsively brought home a 9-week-old fluffy ball of energy with razor-sharp baby teeth. Nana is thought to be part Australian shepherd, mainly due to her looks and her aptitude for herding Helen’s two chagrined cats. Meanwhile, Associate Editor Emily Benson soaked up scientific knowledge at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in December, where she learned about analyzing arsenic in Pacific Northwest ponds and earthquake early warning systems.

Some readers noted the absence of HCN’s annual holiday party. Fear not: We are planning a major 50th anniversary party and picnic in Paonia this summer, and everyone is invited — details to come. Which reminds us: We’d love to see you at our 50th anniversary gala Friday, June 12, at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Dan Flores, longtime HCN contributor and author of The New York Times bestseller Coyote America, is the keynote speaker. Early-bird ticket pricing ends Feb. 28. Visit hcn.org/gala for more details.

We’re also thrilled to announce HCN’s Virginia Spencer Davis Fellowship. “Ginny” grew up on a ranch in California’s Sacramento Valley and was a lifelong conservation advocate. She and her husband, Dick, were active in local land trusts, and after meeting Betsy and Ed Marston in the 1990s, she became an avid HCN fan. She died in 2013, and the fellowship was established by one of her daughters in honor of Ginny’s love of the land and commitment to a healthy environment and good journalism. Yours truly is the grateful first recipient. I’m honored.

Finally, two corrections. We stated that 30 million tons of uranium were removed from the Navajo Nation; it was 30 million tons of uranium ore (“Editor’s Note,” 11/25/19). We also incorrectly stated that the Yurok Tribe is based in Washington (“The Latest,” 12/9/19). It is actually based in California. We regret the errors. 

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