Dear friends


A man of words

From a cabin in Wyoming, C.L. Rawlins has served as the (mostly) unpaid poetry editor for this paper for 14 years. Now, he wants to call it quits since "editing for non-publication doesn't appeal." It's true we have printed far less poetry than, say, a decade ago, mainly because we tend these days to devote centerspread space to lead stories. We've also made room in the back of the book for essays and the column "Heard around the West."

But Chip, as C.L. is usually known, isn't too distressed as he, like HCN, has turned toward prose himself. He says he is still hearing from readers about his essay on living with the animals he hunts (HCN, 12/11/95), and we look forward to a piece by him this spring when we devote a special issue to outdoor education and outdoor ethics. The masthead on this page will continue to reflect Chip's presence, although now the title reads editor at large.

As for poetry, we will print (very) occasional poetry pages or single poems. Submissions should be sent to the High Country News office the old-fashioned way - by mail - with stamped, self-addressed envelope to ensure return. We thank poets who have worked with us through the years and those who have waited patiently for their work to see print.

And, of course, we thank Chip, who still lives and breathes poetry - he'll have a new book of poems out this year. Through the years he has worked with many talented poets, and we're grateful to have shared their sometimes quirky, angry, baffled and joyous impressions of life in the West.

HCN buffed

Thanks to former staffer Steve Hinchman, we recently discovered another HCN: the Hill Country Nudists, in Austin, Texas. Steve, who now runs a local environmental group, had been sending us E-mail at [email protected] Then he got an E-mail back from the nudists: "Which Paul are you sending all this stuff to? We have a lot of Pauls." Now Steve sends us mail at our real address: [email protected]

Corrections and emendations

Ann Root, who teaches at Central Washington University, tells us that although Yakima, Wash., still has an i in its name, the Indian Nation two years ago changed its name to Yakama ("At Hanford, the real estate is hot," HCN, 1/22/96). "I love your paper," she writes, "but errors of this sort drive me nuts!" We apologize.

A typo gremlin deleted a 1 from the address of the Boatman's Quarterly Review, which is collecting stories about the boatman named Whale. The correct address is Box 1934, Flagstaff, AZ 86002. Jeri Ledbetter of the Grand Canyon River Guides tells us she alerted the post office about forwarding any stray mail.

From Richland, Wash., Bob Wilson writes that in the battle for control of the 51-mile, free-flowing Hanford Reach - the last significant spawning grounds for fall chinook salmon in the Columbia River system - many local environmentalists believe federal oversight promises more protection than vaunted local control (HCN, 1/22/96). "Local control (by three counties) would rely on land-use zoning that could be changed later on," he warns. Wilson is a member of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, which can be contacted at Box 1900, Richland, WA 99352 or E-mail to [email protected]


Congratulations to former intern Diane Hackl, an outdoor educator in nearby Hotchkiss, Colo., who is the new mother of Dylan Blakeslee Hackl Crane, who weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz.. The new dad is Jeffrey Crane.

Suggestions welcome

Friends of Sierra Club member Don Steuter in the Palo Verde (Phoenix) group are looking for an appropriate gift, since he is retiring as conservation chair after long service. They'd like to lease him a public-land grazing allotment, which he would use for riparian restoration, but aren't sure this is possible in any state. If anyone has advice, you can E-mail Chris Gehlker at [email protected]

- Betsy Marston for the staff

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