May 12, 2010
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Ride 4 Yellow is just one of at least three great local events taking place this summer to help in the fight against cancer. If you’ve been touched by cancer in some way, I encourage you to consider being part of any or all of them.
Sunday's editorial was meant to encourage
I’m guessing Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski wasn’t the only reader who interpreted our editorial to be critical of the city’s involvement in biking initiatives.
We appreciate feedback on our editorials
The Editorial Board is always open to suggestions for local topics to consider. And we’re looking for two new community representatives to serve four-month terms alongside me, General Manager Scott Stanford and reporter Tom Ross.
It’s been more than 15 years since the Pilot & Today began publishing an annual Locals section. In that time, we’ve written about hundreds of Routt County residents, some of them newsmakers already, many of them not.
Summer in Steamboat has evolved during past decade as cycling bloomed
The best part of mud season? That it promises to give way to summer, my favorite time of year in Steamboat Springs. Summer certainly has evolved here during the past decade. There’s more to do — and to offer visitors — from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend than ever before.
As is the case for many media organizations, some of our best stories are the result of suggestions or tips from readers. On Wednesday, about 20 readers converged in the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s community room for our third Coffee and a Newspaper gathering.
Last week I used this space to defend the importance of journalism education and how it teaches aspiring reporters and editors to, among other things, “be fair, accurate and accountable; think critically; and display good news judgment.” Today, I am using this same space to take responsibility for a recently published article in which I believe we fell short of those journalistic standards.
Many of you saw the ad. Eighteen of you responded to it. The Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association are sponsoring a free trip to China for a Routt County resident.
Earlier this week, we released the latest edition of At Home in Steamboat Springs magazine. Highlighted by the results from our extensive Best of the Boat community survey, I’m convinced it’s the best issue of At Home that we’ve ever produced.
Two people showed up to the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s inaugural Coffee and a Newspaper gathering Feb. 2. The second attempt was Wednesday morning, and from a numerical perspective, it was a resounding success. We had a 300 percent increase in community attendance.
Like so many of us, Jenna Erickson had fallen in love with Steamboat Springs and made it her home. She worked two jobs, loved being outdoors, gave selflessly of her time to volunteer with Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports and had a boyfriend. She would have turned 23 on Saturday. Instead, her family and friends will mourn her death during a service in Maryland.
There’s a lot to love about smart phones. Mine has helped organize my work and personal lives with a calendar and contacts list that automatically syncs with my laptop. Many websites offer mobile versions geared specifically for fast loading and browsing on mobile devices.
Starting next month, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is opening its doors and inviting readers to chat about the newspaper — or even just the news — from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month with myself and General Manager Scott Stanford.
We haven’t heard a peep in the month since we made one of the most noticeable changes to the Steamboat Today in the eight years I’ve been here. On Dec. 16, the Steamboat Today featured two stories on its front page, and we’ve published two stories on the front page since.
Throughout the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about a number of new editorial initiatives at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Some, like the two-story front page, we’ve already adopted. Today marks the first edition of an expanded Explore Steamboat weekend arts and entertainment section.
I suppose I’m not alone in saying that I can’t wait for Memorial Day weekend. Three days of outdoor activities, good food and time spent with family. And if the forecast holds true, it might even be our first prolonged taste of summer here in Routt County.
Steamboat resident Paul Hughes’ letter to the editor (“Require identities”) Wednesday was well-timed. Web anonymity and civility is a subject being debated in news organizations across the country.
On Friday, the Pilot & Today will unveil Part 1 of a five-part series titled "House of Cards: The rise and fall of Routt County's real estate economy." Staff members have spent the past couple of months reporting this in-depth look at the buildup and fallout of the real estate-driven economy.
I've lived in Steamboat Springs only seven years, but it's been long enough to witness incredible growth in our arts community. Just the past few years have seen an explosion of new gallery spaces in downtown Steamboat.
Take a guess at the most-read story of the past year on Steamboatpilot.com. I'll give you a hint: It has nothing to do with our sheriff, although he did crack the top 10.
One of the most rewarding and challenging parts of my job is leading the newspaper's Editorial Board. For 90 minutes every Tuesday, our six-member group debates important issues happening in our community and beyond.
Beginning today, our Web site includes a daily E-edition that's an exact copy of the print paper. A click on our E-edition widget is all readers will need to open a full-screen version of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
The grim financial situation facing many newspapers, particularly those in large media markets, has rekindled the debate about whether media companies should charge users for online content.
I sometimes joke with Rob Douglas that his columns aren't worth the complaints I receive about them. But the truth is, I was thrilled when he recently agreed to sign on for a second year of penning Friday opinion pieces.
There was a time when many newspapers devoted multiple pages to stock listings. 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.
Less than 30 of us gathered in a sunlit corner meeting room on the second floor of the Brown Palace hotel in downtown Denver to listen to Jim Sheeler - a master storyteller with a gift for uncovering the details that make a good story great and a great story unforgettable.
The timing of Thursday's announcement that the Rocky Mountain News would publish its final edition on Friday was, on some level, symbolic.
Longtime Steamboat Springs resident and veteran Pilot & Today reporter Tom Ross was as excited as I've ever seen him Friday morning. Like other members of Routt County's dedicated Nordic skiing community, Ross was glued to his computer, watching the results from the first Nordic combined event of the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic.
One of my duties as this newspaper's education reporter was compiling and editing obituaries submitted by our readers and funeral homes across the country. It wasn't the most glamorous duty, but it was an important and often overlooked one.
It's easy for journalists to get caught up in the routine of their respective beats. Meeting coverage and event previews are important, but they don't make for a well-rounded community newspaper on their own.
For several years, I resisted the temptation. The urging of friends and colleagues couldn't sway me, nor could the hard reality that social networking via the Internet and mobile devices has become the communication method of choice for many Americans younger than 30.
I was this newspaper's education reporter when the Steamboat Springs School District first experienced a surge in the number of students whose native language was not English.
An error - four of them, actually - in Tuesday's newspaper reminded me how important the Happenings page is to our readers.
News from within the newspaper industry has been pretty dire in recent weeks. The Rocky Mountain News, said to be Colorado's oldest business, is for sale.
A group at the Pilot & Today has spent the past couple months evaluating our newspaper products and refining ideas for how to make them better. Some of them come down to efficiency and best use of resources. Some of them involve the changing nature of newspapers and newspaper readership.
The economic news wasn't good Wednesday.
Last week was national Teen Read Week, and Bud Werner Memorial Library celebrated the event with a kick-off party, weeklong activities, and amnesty for teens who had fines for overdue books.