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  • Interns Bill Taylor and Michelle McClellan near Adam Duerk's mural

    Cindy Wehling

Spring interns

The last time Michelle McClellan was in Colorado, she woke up in a pasture near Rocky Mountain National Park to a bellowing herd of cows trying to maneuver around her tent. Her reception in Paonia has been far less hectic, she reports.

Michelle grew up in Kirkland, a city of 40,000 close to Seattle, Wash., and studied politics and geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla. More recently, she spent a year working at the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C., where she developed education and outreach programs on marine pollution. Luck led her to High Country News. She had been dreaming about Western skies, she says, when she ran into former HCN intern Carol Busch in a writing class and heard about the little newspaper with the vast turf.

HCN's second intern comes from the other coast. Since graduating from Princeton last year, Bill Taylor has been on the move. He left his home in Wilmington, Del., to travel West, settling in San Francisco where he interned at the Pacific News Service. His beat: writing and developing story ideas in cooperation with inner city youth.

He spent the winter months in Jackson, Wyo., waiting tables, skiing and freelancing for the Pacific News Service. A story he wrote about the relationship between the local ranching communty and newcomer "ski bums," he says, gave him the chance to see first-hand some of the changes affecting the West.

Small world department

It was a sleepy Sunday morning at a gas station in Paonia. Suddenly, HCN staffer Marion Stewart tuned in to overhear a man inquiring about where he could get a back issue of High Country News. To make a short story shorter, Marion led Alan Conway and his wife, Pat, to the HCN office for copies of the paper and a tour. The Carbondale, Colo., couple had driven over snowy McClure Pass to obtain copies of the Colorado ski resort issue (-Enough is enough," HCN, 2/19/96) for patrons of the Glenwood Springs library where Pat works.

* Betsy Marston for the staff

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