Dear friends

  • Amy Conley with baby Sabina

    Cindy Wehling

Good-bye and welcome

Congratulations to former HCN employee Amy Conley and spouse Robert Hayutin on the birth of their daughter Sabina. Amy was a person of all trades in the office, specializing in direct mail and circulation, until Sabina demanded her attention. We will miss Amy, who remained cheerful even when confronted with thousands of unaddressed or unstuffed or unsealed envelopes.

Thank you

Thanks to Ali Morse, who with husband Tom recently moved to Paonia from Sonoita, Ariz., and who gave us her now unneeded Tucson telephone directory. We also appreciate the Bellingham, Wash., telephone directory, sent to us by John Thompson, who is Resource Protection Manager with the Lummi Indian Business Council.

Wolves galore

Western state legislators, angry over wolf reintroduction, are demanding that wolves also be brought back to Eastern states. Teacher Joyce Weldon and her students in Smithtown, New York, agree. Generations of Ms. Weldon's students have written letters on behalf of Western wolf reintroduction to their representatives. With wolves back in Yellowstone and Idaho, they are now writing to New York Gov. George Pataki, asking him to introduce wolves into New York state's Adirondack Park. Judging by a letter the students received from a Pataki aide, the governor is not yet enthusiastic about the idea.


Writer Bruce Selcraig, who freelances for HCN out of Austin, Texas, is angry at American Express because the firm willingly and enthusiastically surrendered seven years' worth of credit-card records for two ABC reporters and 50 Wall Street Journal reporters to Philip Morris. The tobacco company thinks the records will help it learn who told ABC that the firm may have routinely spiked its product with nicotine, according to an article in the IRE Journal. Technically, American Express was responding to a court order, but the court order stood only a short time before it was quashed. In that time, Amex shoveled years of records into Philip Morris' waiting arms.

Selcraig suggests that "every journalist who has an American Express card should tear it up and send it to corporate headquarters."

Speaking of tearing things up, we at HCN are torn up over the scores of calls we have been receiving from stock brokers around the country attempting to sell us everything from gold mines to hot new offerings. A friendly broker finally told us how he got our name.

We learned from the incident to no longer cooperate with Dun and Bradstreet, which collects information under the guise of determining credit-worthiness and then sells that information to all takers. We also learned that the Securities and Exchange Commission requires brokerage firms to maintain "do not call" lists. The next time Wall Street calls, just say, "Please put me on your do-not-call list." They will hang up on you, and probably won't call back. And if you suspect that D and B is hawking your name, call 800/333-0505 and order them to stop doing that.

Wild Friends

We heard from Carolyn Byers, who directs a program in Albuquerque, N.M., called Wild Friends. She worked with six youngsters aged 11 to 14 to draw up a "Common Ground" affirmation. It states the importance of the natural world and the need to solve conflicts in a non-confrontational way. Byers says the statement was introduced in the state Senate, passed unanimously and had the surprising effect of heading off a rancorous debate about two bills that would have limited the state's ability to enforce laws protecting endangered species.

"Over 400 people attended the hearing, which was quite an experience for our youth," she says, and the bills to water down the law were tabled indefinitely.

For more information about the Common Ground statement, contact Carolyn Byers at the Center for Wildlife Law, University of New Mexico, 1117 Stanford NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (505/277-5006).

Earth Day at 25

These may be trying times for environmentalists but celebrations for the 25th annual Earth Day are forging ahead. If you're in Denver, Colo., on Sunday, April 23, dust off your best gorilla suit and march in the city's All Species Parade. In Cheyenne, Wyo., you can hear the latest about manure at Laramie County Community College's "Manure Morning" April 21, and we hear a big turnout is expected at the Mining Reform Leadership Conference, April 21-23, in Salt Lake City. Also in Salt Lake City this week, students from the University of Utah, Utah State, Weber State, and Brigham Young University will come together to push for a 5.7 million-acre wilderness bill. For general information, call the nationwide Earth Day Network at 619/272-7423. In the West call Earth Day Arizona, 602/266-8044; Earth Day Northwest for Washington state, 206/343-7717; Montana Public Interest Research Group, 406/243-2907; the Colorado Confluence in Denver 303/744-3672; Ecocycle in Boulder, 303/444-6634; and the Environmental Leadership in Reno, 702/323-2866. In Greater Salt Lake City call 801/264-2614; in Portland, 503/224-9932; in Albuquerque, 505/265-4631; and in Cheyenne, 307/778-1257.

Don't give up fish for pennies

In the last issue, lines were dropped from Tom Stuart's letter criticizing the latest federal plan for helping endangered salmon. To illustrate how little the dams mean to people, Stuart proposed sending $1.23, which he said equalled a "year's worth of electricity for the average Idaho Power residential customer," to Gov. Phil Batt, Statehouse, Boise, ID 83702.

* Ed and Betsy Marston for the staff

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