Steamboat Springs The Dow finished up 3.91 points Wednesday to close at 6,930, marking the second straight day of gains. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and Nasdaq also made small gains Wednesday.
Then again, I'm guessing many of you already knew that. If you have a stake in the stock market, chances are you don't wait until the Steamboat Today's financial page hits newsstands each morning to find out how trading fared the day before.
There was a time when many newspapers devoted multiple pages to stock listings. And it made sense - where else would traders get detailed information about thousands of stocks? Those times have passed. Any number of Web sites provide real-time tracking of the financial markets, which makes printing Wednesday's market results in Thursday's paper seem silly.
My point? As we continue to look at ways to improve the print and online editions of the Steamboat Today, features like the Business page enter the discussion. Do you rely on the Steamboat Today for stock market information? How about national sports scores from the NBA, NHL and MLB? Do you look for them on our sports agate page, or do you rely on sports-specific Web sites and TV channels to follow your favorite teams?
Your feedback is helpful as we train our focus on providing the information that's most useful to our readers. Our dedication to local news and sports won't change, but perhaps we're spending time and money on other services you don't find valuable. Drop me a line and let me know what works for you and what doesn't.
Tigers and Twitter
As you make your way through today's paper, take a few minutes to look over the excellent Hayden High School girls basketball coverage put together by our sports department and news page designers. The Tigers play at 1:15 p.m. today in Pueblo as part of the first round of the eight-team Class 2A state basketball tournament. It marks the first time in school history the girls team has qualified for the state tournament.
Today also will mark the first time Steamboat Pilot & Today sports reporters will provide game updates via Twitter, the instant messaging service that's taking the world by storm. It's easy to sign up for a free Twitter account - visit Twitter.com or click on the Twitter icon at the top of Steamboatpilot.com. Once you've registered your account, search Twitter.com for "steamboatpilot" and sign up to follow us. Sports reporter Joel Reichenberger, who will be in Pueblo covering the Hayden team, will send score updates at the end of each quarter. We plan to provide Twitter updates for many local sporting and news events.
Following the newspaper on Twitter also will give you instant updates and links to breaking news stories and any other local news and sports stories that appear on our Web site. You can use Twitter and receive updates on your computer and cell phone. And yes, it's all free.
If you have problems signing up or finding our account, give me a call at 970-871-4221. I'll do my best to steer you in the right direction.