Munro: We’re looking for more talented people
January 13, 2015
With the departure of longtime photographer Byron Hetzler, the Sky-Hi News is looking for talented people to help us accomplish some of our goals. Anyone interested in discussing the possibilities below can contact me at 970-887-3334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of these "positions" are freelance in nature; in other words the pay is per article or photo rather than as a staff member. You must have your own photographic/video and computer equipment as we expect files to be transmitted by email.
Freelance sports coverage
We're looking for people in both Kremmling and Granby to provide high school sports coverage. Ideal candidates will have the ability to shoot both still photographs and video as well as write recaps of the games and occasional sports features.
And it certainly helps to bring enthusiasm for high school sports to the table.
Barring those combinations, we're interested especially in someone in Kremmling who has the skills to photograph West Grand sports. One need not be ready to step into a position at ESPN. Talented students, parents, teachers or anyone else who has the equipment and skills are encouraged to contact me.
While we have managed to round up a group of talented freelance writers and photographers, we're always on the lookout for others. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you think you have something to contribute. And if you happen to have an area of expertise in a specific coverage area, so much the better.
Change is in the air
Some say certain events happen in 3's. I'm not sure about that, but right now the winds of change seem to be reaching gale force in Grand County.
Obviously, we have lost Mr. Hetzler to another career opportunity. Another alumna of the Sky-Hi News, Reid Armstrong, is leaving the Granby office of the U.S. Forest Service for a similar position in Boulder. We wish her well.
On top of that, scarcely a day goes by when I don't hear about someone who has been a fixture in Grand County deciding to leave. Maybe it's just that time of winter, though this has been a pretty darn balmy one by our standards except for that brief snap in December, and it's really not until late next month that cabin fever usually begins to manifest itself in earnest.
So, what's up? I have no idea. I am interested in theories.
And then there's the Grand County government. A new county commissioner, a new county judge and a new sheriff were sworn during the past few days. We not only wish them the best, we hope they usher in a government more in keeping with constituent desires.
By that, all I mean to convey is I hear again and again from readers and others that they want a more responsive, more responsible government. But I rarely see them participating in the requisite manner to effect such changes.
These new officials offer yet another opportunity. Carpe diem, folks.
As I've noted before, there are five other elected county officials who ran unopposed last November. They were sworn in on Tuesday as well. Here's wishing them well too.
Going out quietly
For the record, the Sky-Hi News has approached former two-term Grand County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner and former Sheriff Rod Johnson about interviews focused on their time in office. We have not heard from Mr. Bumgarner as of this writing.
I personally had an interesting discussion with Mr. Johnson about a month ago. While I think a story about his 30 years in the sheriff's office would be illuminating and maybe even entertaining, for various reasons he said he'd prefer to depart without doing such an interview. I understand his rationale but wish he had changed his mind. Oh well: Here's wishing both of them the best in post-government life.
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