Steamboat Springs One of the real joys of producing a daily newspaper is that we get to see the product of our work every morning, 365 days a year, no exceptions.
Of course, to accomplish that somewhat remarkable feat requires meeting never-ending deadlines, completing seemingly insurmountable workloads and having only one shot to get it all right. And whether we produce our best newspaper or something short of it, each morning brings a fresh start and a blank slate.
It has therefore taken some time, literally, to get used to the cycle of magazine publishing.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today launched At Home in Steamboat Springs magazine less than two years ago, and we've seen it grow from a small 68-page edition in July 2006 to a 140-page, story-rich April 2008 issue. Pilot & Today subscribers will get their first glimpse of the magazine Sunday. Copies of the spring edition of At Home also will be available at racks throughout the city starting next week.
Magazine publication typically requires months of advance work and planning. It can be a struggle to keep your gaze focused on those far-off deadlines and production schedules. But like any job, when you put in the time and effort, the end result makes it all worthwhile.
Worthwhile is a good description for the spring edition of At Home. Led by writer Dave Shively, this issue is loaded with entertaining and informative content. Some of John F. Russell's finest photo work is on display, and a variety of contributing writers give the spring edition a well-rounded feel.
Where the Pilot & Today newspaper leaves off, At Home picks up. Don't expect to find hard-hitting news stories and nationally syndicated opinion columnists. You won't.
Instead, you'll find feature stories about friends, neighbors and co-workers - or maybe just that man or woman you recognize from the post office, supermarket or ski lift. You'll be taken on a road trip with longtime resident and veteran journalist Tom Ross. You'll explore the kitchen of Saketumi and even learn how to roll your own sushi. You'll learn about workout routines in which you can include your children, and you'll enjoy browsing photos of local events and galas. You'll be taken inside some of the Yampa Valley's most spectacular homes, and you'll be in awe of some of the private home theaters that grace those homes. And that's just a taste of what April's issue includes.
At Home is a free magazine geared for you, the local. Pick one up and spend a little time flipping through its pages. I think you'll agree it was worth your while.
From the Editor appears in the Thursday edition of the Steamboat Today.