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Lodge: Changes upon changes

Kristen Lodge, General Manager of the Sky-Hi News.

After changes upon changes

We are more or less the same

After changes we are

More or less the same

Simon & Garfunkel, The Boxer

In my 20s I listened to the album The Concert in Central Park by Simon & Garfunkel over and over. So much, that I knew every song by heart. If I ever heard one of the live songs on the radio I expected that next song from the album to play. The Boxer always made me feel better with the constant change in my life. Some changes were really good and some really bad; like most people experience, I'm sure. But I believe in the power of music and words to help ease pain and create a transformation.

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The Sky-Hi News has always been about community news, entertainment, sports, opinion, and business.

In January the Sky-Hi News made a decision to remove the comics and crosswords to make room for more local content. We had received so much great content from readers and local freelancers but not all of it could be printed; we ran out of space.

Since crosswords, cartoons and horoscopes could be found online we removed the entire page to make room for sports and entertainment stories, and more reader submitted photos.

A few readers called to express their anger about the change.

We explained about adding more local content including sports and entertainment stories. Most readers understood. A few said they would no longer read our newspaper.

We even talked to a few readers who didn't even notice that comics and crosswords were missing.

Another change was the decision to only allow paid advertisers and fundraisers in the community calendar. We live in a community where we try to support each other and spend locally. Why wouldn't you want to spend your marketing dollars with your local newspaper? Businesses can reach their customers with over 12,000 newspapers printed each week with two editions and an E-Edition that reaches over 10,000 people each month.

The Sky-Hi News wants to work with musicians, non-profits and business to help promote events, activities, the arts and music. We also want to continue to provide news and information to the residents and visitors to Grand County through a free newspaper. But in order to fund our newspaper, advertising must be sold.

Newspapers have to change to stay relevant to each generation of readers. However, after changes upon changes, we are more or less the same. We want to continue to tell you, the reader, all the news that is happening in Grand County.

We appreciate feedback on both issues and our content. Tell us what you love and tell us what you don't love. Never hesitate to call, email or just stop by the Sky-Hi News office in Granby.

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