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Congress subscribed to High Country News


How do you keep policy makers on top of the issues shaping the changing face of the West? Get them a subscription to High Country NewsWhen HCN asked for help in funding a subscription for each member of the House of Representatives and the Senate, readers responded overwhelmingly by contributing more than $10,000 to send all 535 members of Congress a one-year subscription.

“Our readers understand that the West is inextricably tied to the nation’s capital, and that our region, economy and environment are deeply influenced by federal policy. Our new DC correspondent covers the many ways politicians impact Westerners' daily lives for our readers,” said Paul Larmer, High Country News publisher. “With the Send HCN to Congress campaign, we are close that loop by providing our lawmakers an authentic view into the people, places and issues of the West.”

One hundred and fourteen people donated $5,565 to the campaign, more than matching a generous $5,000 grant provided by a longtime reader. Many donors were moved to give because of the intention, and more than one third of those who donated had never donated to High Country News before.

"It is vitally important that our elected officials (local, state, and federal) make decisions about their constituents' concerns based on facts, not erroneous speculation. Getting HCN into their hands is a step in that direction,” said contributor Diane Sanders.

Congress’s subscription begins with HCN’s October 12 issue.

About High Country News:

For more than 45 years, High Country News has been known for its in-depth, independent journalism that digs deeper and reports stories about the American West that are often overlooked by larger media outlets. HCN’s nonprofit news organization has won numerous awards, including the 2013 and 2010 Utne Media Awards and the George Polk award, for its unique coverage of the West.

For more information about High Country News, its Send HCN to Congress campaign, contact Gretchen King, HCN community outreach coordinator, at 970-527-4898 x14 or [email protected].