In difficult times, community matters

Supporting each other helps us all do our best.

 

“On the Road to 50” is an ongoing series of the publisher and editor's notes to our readers, as they travel the region and plan for our 50th anniversary – through community gatherings, individual meetings, and other listening sessions.

As the COVID-19 pandemic blazes through cities and sends red-hot embers drifting into the rural West, I think of the people working on the frontlines — people, and work, that I know well.

I spent nine years, from 1998 to 2007, moonlighting as an emergency medical technician in Paonia, Colorado, HCN’s hometown. The North Fork Ambulance was the first line of defense for the roughly 10,000 residents of three small towns and the surrounding farmland and mesas. We hauled people out of car wrecks and collapsed mines, handled drug overdoses and emergency childbirths, and rushed people to the nearest hospital whenever their serious ailments or age necessitated specialized care.

As I write, there have been six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delta County — with one death — but if those sparks of virus ignite a conflagration, it will hit this community hard, and the North Fork Ambulance squad will be called into service. 

On Associate Editor Tristan Ahtone’s last day of work, HCN staffers get together digitally to wish him a fond farewell. Ahtone is shown top row, second from left.

For our part, the High Country News staff — in the North Fork Valley and across the Western U.S. — has dispersed to our homes, most of us under “stay at home” orders. Associate Editor Paige Blankenbuehler is heading a team that publishes regular stories on our website, where all of our COVID-19 coverage is available for free.

To allow staff to focus on this critical work at a difficult time, and to ensure that every issue contains the best journalism possible, we are shifting to a straight monthly publication schedule, canceling the three special issues we’d planned for later this year. Apologies in advance for any confusion this creates. If you subscribed (or renewed) hoping for those “bonus” issues, we will extend your subscription to include additional monthly issues of the magazine. 

Through your subscriptions and donations, High Country News readers provide three-quarters of the revenue that keeps this organization going.

We have also delayed the public rollout of our 50th anniversary fundraising campaign and postponed our anniversary gala to June 4, 2021. We want to give this magazine and its readers the celebration we all deserve. Watch for more information in the coming months.

But we still need your support — now more than ever. Through your subscriptions and donations, High Country News readers provide three-quarters of the revenue that keeps this organization going.

We hope you’ll consider contributing to our spring fund drive. There should be a donation envelope inside this issue; a letter with more information will arrive in your mailbox soon. If finances are tight — as no doubt they are for many of you — please consider giving in smaller, monthly installments, or making a legacy bequest. For more information, visit hcn.org/support or email [email protected].

Thank you, as always, for your support. We will do our best in the months ahead to provide the clear, accurate and essential information you rely on. We need the community’s help to do it.

Greg Hanscom is the publisher and executive director of High Country News. Email him at [email protected] or submit a letter to the editor

High Country News Classifieds
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
    Communications and Outreach Associate Position Opening: www.westernlaw.org/communications-outreach-associate ************************************************* Location: Western U.S., ideally in one of WELC's existing office locations (Santa Fe or Taos, NM, Helena,...
  • FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER & PROJECT COORDINATOR (REMOTE)
    High Country News (HCN) is seeking a contract Graphic Designer & Project Coordinator to design promotional, marketing and fund-raising assets and campaigns, and project-manage them...
  • FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF INDIGENOUS MEDIA, CULTURAL SOVEREIGNTY AND DECOLONIZATION (INITIAL REVIEW 12.1.21)
    Film and Digital Media: Assistant Professor of Indigenous Media, Cultural Sovereignty and Decolonization (Initial Review 12.1.21) Position overview Position title: Assistant Professor - tenure-track Salary...
  • REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST
    To learn more about this position and to apply please go to the following URL.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS
    "More Data, Less Digging" Find groundwater and reduce excavation costs!
  • RARE CHIRICAHUA RIPARIAN LAND FOR SALE
    40 acres: 110 miles from Tucson: native trees, grasses: birder's heaven::dark sky/ borders state lease & National forest/5100 ft/13-16 per annum rain
  • CENTRAL PARK CULTURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST
    Agency: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Salary Range: $5,203 - $7,996 Position Title: Central Park Cultural Resource Specialist Do you have a background in Archaeology...
  • STAFF ATTORNEY
    Come live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world! As our Staff Attorney you will play a key role in...
  • ARIZONA GRAZING CLEARINGHOUSE
    Dedicated to preventing the ecological degradation caused by livestock grazing on Arizona's public lands, and exposing the government subsidies that support it.
  • OPERATIONS MANAGER
    Position Summary: Friends of the Inyo (friendsoftheinyo.org) is seeking a new Operations Manager. The Operations Manager position is a full-time permanent position that reports directly...
  • WATER RIGHTS BUREAU CHIEF
    Water Rights Bureau Chief, State of Montana, DNRC, Water Resources Division, Helena, MT Working to support and implement the Department's mission to help ensure that...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Amargosa Conservancy (AC), a conservation nonprofit dedicated to standing up for water and biodiversity in the Death Valley region, seeks an executive director to...
  • DEVELOPMENT & OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
    Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is hiring! Who We Are: The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is a small grassroots nonprofit based out of Juneau, Alaska,...
  • DESERT LANDS ORGANIZER
    Position Summary: Friends of the Inyo seeks a Desert Lands Organizer to assist with existing campaigns that will defend lands in the California desert, with...
  • IDAHO CONSERVATION LEAGUE
    Want to help preserve Idaho's land, water, and air for future generations? Idaho Conservation League currently has 3 open positions. We are looking for a...
  • LUNATEC ODOR-FREE DISHCLOTHS
    are a must try. They stay odor-free, dry fast, are durable and don't require machine washing. Try today.
  • EVENTS AND ANNUAL FUND COORDINATOR
    The Events and Annual Fund Coordinator is responsible for managing and coordinating the Henry's Fork Foundation's fundraising events for growing the membership base, renewing and...
  • EDUCATION DIRECTOR
    Position Description: The Education Director is the primary leader of Colorado Canyons Association's (CCA) education programs for students and adults on the land and rivers...
  • 10 ACRES OF NEW MEXICO HIGH DESERT
    10 Acres of undeveloped high desert land in central NM, about 45 minutes from downtown Albuquerque. Mixed cedar and piñon pine cover. Some dirt roadways...
  • WATERSHED RESTORATION DIRECTOR
    $58k-$70k + benefits to oversee watershed restoration projects that fulfill our strategic goals across urban and rural areas within the bi-national Santa Cruz and San...