Smoother behind scenes, a new website to boot

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colo.

Two weeks in on the new job; I’d be fibbing if I were to say it’s been a breeze.

One main reason, my old reporting desk in the newsroom is not quite occupied, but hopefully that shouldn’t be for long.

And, Photographer Byron Hetzler and Reporter Reid Tulley spent the work week out of the office learning about all the new changes coming to the Sky-Hi News and its sister newspapers; this week, I too will be gone most of the week for technology trainings.

We’ve managed to produce newspapers while being extremely short-staffed and in a state of flux.

Needless to say, reader submissions have been especially appreciated in a time of transition here at the Sky-Hi and across Colorado Mountain News Media.

Why all the trainings? The entire way we produce the newspaper is changing.

Readers will notice some differences, but most of the changes are taking place internally. We are getting a new computer software system — in the business is called a content-management system. It represents a dramatic update and investment in how we put together the print newspaper, as well as move stories, photos and other items to our website.

So I thank you for staying with us as we adjust to new ways of doing things.

The changes are good, and in the end, we hope they benefit you, our readers.

With new technology coming our way, production should be streamlined to such a degree it will create more time for staff members to go out and do what we do best, and that is gather information and cover the news and events of this great county.

It’s not in the form of daisies on your doorknob, but consider it a May Day gift to you — included in all of these exciting updates is a new website for the Sky-Hi News, set to debut on May 1.

The existing website is six years old, ancient in technological terms.

Because we know you like your morning digest of news free of chaos and clutter, the new website is cleaner and easier to navigate.

The redesign should be an easy read no matter the platform – computer, tablet or mobile.

The new site features an enhanced “Marketplace” section that is pleasing to scan for want ads, items for sale, real estate listings and auto ads.

A full weather forecast from the National Weather Service will be at your fingertips on the site.

The home page grants users a carousel of the top news photos and stories to capture interest, and versatile “tiles” highlight feature content.

You can also announce your family’s moments in life — such as births, weddings, engagements, anniversaries or graduations — you seek to share with the community.

And with this new website we will return to providing an online “comments” feature, which will be facilitated through Facebook.

The website design is based on reader feedback and research on how people use news-oriented websites. Overall, it will be a more efficient and more enjoyable reading experience.

But, as with any change, the new website will take some getting used to.

And as with any new website, we know it won’t be perfect on day one. If you encounter bugs, mistakes and unexpected blips, please bear with us and let us know so we may correct it.

News tips and submissions can be emailed directly to and online via the new website — on May 1 — at

You can get a hold of me directly at

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