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From the Publisher: Pilot & Today is on the move

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The last month has been one of big changes at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, first with new leadership and now, with an office move back to downtown Steamboat Springs.

First, let me introduce myself. I am the new publisher here at the Pilot & Today. I started June 11 and have thoroughly enjoyed what has been a whirlwind first month getting to know a talented staff and a welcoming community. 

Logan Molen

This new job has certainly kept me busy, but I've stayed on the run outside work by embracing Steamboat's many fantastic places to hike, shop, eat, drink and otherwise stay entertained in what is a special city.

I came to Steamboat from Eugene, Oregon, where I ran a local media company that included a daily newspaper, digital products and a strong focus on community engagement. 

In my 30-plus years in journalism, I've learned that community engagement is the critical core of a local newspaper's mission, and I'm pleased that the Pilot & Today has long embraced that mindset. Whether it's leading hands-on Steamboat Conversations around important civic issues; hosting public meetings with readers; inviting community members to be part of our editorial board; or including your letters, photos or columns in our products, I want you to feel like the Pilot & Today reflects your community and your passions.

Being at the center of the community is a key reason I'm so excited about the Pilot & Today's move this week from our longtime location in west Steamboat Springs to the historic 910 Yampa building in the heart of downtown Steamboat. Our new office at 10th and Yampa streets is in the old Yampa Valley Electric Association building, whose distinctive architecture earned it a spot on the city's list of historic places in 2016. 

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While the current Pilot & Today offices at 1901 Curve Plaza have served us well since 1999, we're thrilled to be moving back downtown and closer to the heart of the community.

Our move is not without some logistical hurdles, however. The biggest is that we will close our old and new offices to the public from Tuesday, July 17 to Sunday, July 22 while we complete the move. We'll still continue to serve you during that period — we just can't invite you into our offices until construction is complete. That final work includes finishing our community meeting room, which features the distinctive stone wall that was part of the original YVEA building.

My hope is that we can re-open our new offices to the public on Monday, July 23. I apologize for any inconvenience, but I assure you our new space will be better for the Pilot & Today and better for the community. 

Give us a few weeks to settle in, then join us for our next Coffee and a Newspaper gathering, at our new offices from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. I'll be there to engage in a conversation about community, your Pilot & Today and any other topics you deem important to our future together. 

To reach Logan Molen, call 970-871-4224, email lmolen@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @lmolen.