I like to give City Editor Mike Lawrence a hard time about our content on Page 2 of the Wednesday Steamboat Today. You see, Lawrence was a bit skeptical when we moved Joanne Palmer's column from the Sunday Style section to a more prominent spot in the daily paper.
Palmer's humorous takes on life in Routt County have caused me to laugh out loud on more than one occasion, and I'm not alone. Readers often praise Palmer for her light-hearted column. I like to think one of the reasons Palmer's work has been so embraced is because it provides a change of pace from the nuts-and-bolts news coverage that occupies many of the other pages in the newspaper.
But for today's purpose, I think Palmer's column represents the unique ability of a community newspaper such as the Pilot & Today to open up news pages for community members who have something valuable to share with the rest of us.
Palmer certainly isn't the only Routt County resident who has found a home for her work in the pages of our newspaper. Christine McKelvie has been the principal author and architect of the Monday Medical column since its inception several years ago. Colorado Mountain College astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake writes an informative Celestial News column for every edition of the Sunday Style section. He often includes some of his spectacular photographs of the cosmos.
Local Master Gardener Deb Babcock pens a weekly gardening column aimed at Rocky Mountain green thumbs. A variety of contributing authors representing the Community Agriculture Alliance have submitted articles - also in Sunday's Style section - for several years. Lila Rider, Laurie Hallenbeck and the late Rilla Wiggins have provided community news from South Routt, Hayden and North Routt, respectively.
Dace Kramer, Suzi Mariano and Tamera Manzanares are responsible for the Aging Well articles that appear in Monday's paper. Rob Douglas is now our Friday Page 2 columnist and, like Palmer, his work has been well-received since he began just a few weeks ago.
Lisa Brown of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Colleen Lyon of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition came to me a few months ago with a proposal to write a multi-part series about youth developmental assets. Seven of those articles have appeared in Friday's Steamboat Today during the past two months.
And on Page 4 of today's paper, you'll find a piece by Mary Walker, a Routt County resident living amid the upheaval in Kenya and reporting back to us about the state of the country, its cultures and its people.
There are a variety of other opportunities for community members to contribute news and opinions, be it in the form of wedding, birth and engagement announcements, obituaries, youth sports articles or letters to the editor. I won't promise that everything will find a home in the paper, but I promise you I'll consider it and get back to you promptly.
Ultimately, adding a variety of voices to our newspaper benefits us all. If you have an idea for an article or a question about how to submit news items, call me at (970) 871-4221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You just might get your name in print.
From the Editor appears in the Thursday edition of the Steamboat Today