The Steamboat Pilot & Today has appointed Paula Cooper Black and Jennifer Schubert-Akin to its Editorial Board.
Black and Akin will serve four month-terms beginning Monday.
Black is an employee of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and is involved in numerous civic and philanthropic endeavors. She served on the Steamboat Springs City Council from 1987 through 1999, representing District 1. Black has been a resident of Steamboat Springs for more than 30 years.
Akin is the owner of Marathon Accounting Services LLC in Steamboat Springs, where she has lived for eight years. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and received her master's of business administration from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She is a distance runner who has completed the past eight Boston Marathons and is the secretary for the Routt County Republican Central Committee.
Black and Akin will represent the community on the six-member Editorial Board. Newspaper members are publisher Suzanne Schlicht, editor Scott Stanford, city editor Melissa Roddy and reporter Tom Ross.
The board meets weekly and reaches consensus on the opinions expressed on the ViewPoints pages of the newspaper.
Community members participate in discussions, vote on the newspaper's stance on community issues and read and offer feedback on editorials before publication. Community representatives are not expected to write editorials.
Black and Akin will serve through December, when new community representatives will be appointed. The winter terms begin Jan. 1, and summer terms begin May 1.
People interested in serving future terms on the Editorial Board should send a letter of no more than 500 words explaining why they would be a good choice. Each application must include name, age, occupation and address.
Send applications to editor Scott Stanford at sstanford
@steamboatpilot.com; P.O. Box 774827; Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477; or drop them by the Steamboat Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza.