New paper helps unite entire Grand County community |

New paper helps unite entire Grand County community

To the Editor:

It has been said that change is a good thing, even though most people don’t favor the idea very much. Like many other folks around here, I was greatly dismayed in the beginning from seeing a new format and logo in the newspaper.

Instantly I didn’t like the new typeset of the ads, the missing “Pluggers” and so on. I guess that the old familiar front page being gone, replaced with a look and name, was what seem so foreign and intrusive at first. It felt like losing an old friend to a stranger.

Change is hard to take at first, but in time you realize that it usually becomes a very good thing, and with that new options and possibilities that a person didn’t even dream of. I think Autumn Phillips is doing a great job. In fact, the whole staff is really putting out a great paper with its many new features, along with some old reintroduced items of interest. Yeah, like the saying “Make new friends and keep the old one is silver and the other is gold.” This does make a nice blend, something for everyone. a nice diversity for the young and the old.

I see Autumn trying to do her best to turn this newspaper into a real community paper, offering people opportunities to share ,contribute, participate, to really be part of this publication making this a people’s paper, live and interesting. This can be a place to bring everyone together. There are so many wonderful new features that anyone can respond to. For instance:

The ‘Good Neighbors’ box where people can give others a pat on the back for a good deed. This promotes awareness of acts of kindness, which is great news for all.

Then there’s the cutest mini weather forecast box that features the neatest weather illustrations done by the local elementary school students. Can you imagine what a thrill it is for all these young artists, that their drawings are being published ?

For us older kids at heart, we get the chance to submit our own artwork via photos, which is a very fun thing to do. Best way is to e-mail them for quicker results. I’m surprise that more people haven’t tried this. But be forewarned that it can be very habit-forming.

Now there is a special section that just came out, just for teenagers, called “Our Views” that features thoughts, feelings, and images of the younger generation. From this first week’s publication, there is great material to be found. Really enjoyed the articles which can take you back in time, when certain issues had a bigger priority, but yet they are still the same for many of us. Good idea to bring this new addition to the paper.

As a lot people have found, the entertainment guide called “all access” is a very informative booklet for all the fun happenings in the county ” where all the good bands are playing, what’s at the movies, theater houses, special events, such as fairs, galleries, etc.

You can find some great humor from one of the funniest columnists Jon De Vos, or get a different insight from Cyndi Palmer who can put out some very interesting pieces.

Out and About and all over town and county is Byron Hetzler, along with others, who will catch the moment on film. He’s so good with the action shots in the sports field and even in romance. Just love the Byers Canyon picture which was so dramatic, then there’s “The Proposal” photo featured on a front page ” good job.

All in all, The Sky Hi Daily News is becoming quite the paper, with all the new features .What is neat is the fact it is still growing, and we the county people can be part of that. Thanks, Autumn for being gutsy, taking the chances, wanting the feedback, being willing to listen and make adjustments to the wants and needs of others. Lets see where this can go.

Gloria Montgomery


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