From the Editor – Adapting to change |

From the Editor – Adapting to change

By Drew Munro / From the Editor

Grand County, CO Colorado

Many of you no doubt noticed the change on page 1 today. The new “flag” has dropped the “Daily” and reverted to Sky-Hi News in recognition of our recently implemented – and, we hope, temporary – Wednesday-Friday publishing schedule.

Those of us in the editorial department are not quite accustomed to the new realities but are carefully making adjustments. We intend to continue relentless dedication to covering local news, people and events, and we realize more than ever how much we rely on readers to share information with us.

After all, we can’t cover it if we don’t know about it. And even if we can’t cover it ourselves, we can still publish something about it if readers provide information and photos.

Please don’t hesitate to send suggestions and newsworthy items to

Don’t forget to check our website,, for daily updates of local and regional news.

High school journalists

Page 9 of the Friday, April 16, edition features a story by Middle Park High School junior McCall Linke. She demonstrated outstanding gumption by answering our call for student journalists interested in resurrecting a high school newspaper.

Although that goal remains unattained at the moment, several students are still interested. McCall was so eager she couldn’t wait for everyone else to catch up. Unfortunately, her insanely busy schedule will preclude further involvement until – we’re hoping – this summer.

Movement toward giving local teens a bigger voice include possible formation of a Middle Park High journalism club and several other students who may yet soon be writing in these pages.

To reiterate: I am interested in hearing from any and all local high school students who are interested in learning more about any aspect of community journalism.

A whole new altitude

The topics to which people devote energy never cease to interest me. The debate about whether to call that pass east of Fraser Rollins Pass or Corona Pass has assumed a life of its own.

More than 200 people responded to our online poll at The outcome: Slight advantage Corona, but in essence a dead heat.

The issue sparked several letters to the editor and numerous calls and passing comments. Perhaps the most engaging came from Allen Best, erstwhile Middle Park Times editor and renowned Colorado journalist.

A Rollins Pass fan, Best likened the issue to common misnomers such as “Grandby” and “Frazier,” suggesting that just because people do it, doesn’t make it right. To which I, a Corona fan, responded that Corona is not a misspelling and this paper will honor West Slope tradition by calling it Corona Pass.

Mr. Best’s repartee:

“But I must say that Grand County’s most enduring trait is to be contrary, and so I am glad to see you continue that fine tradition.

“So, yet again, we have the law of inverse proportions at work. Your most lively letters concern the most trivial of matters.”


Sobering tax burden

Having just signed a sizable check to the Department of the Treasury, I can’t resist a parting Tax Day jab.

A Wyoming acquaintance recently forwarded me a letter to the editor from the Northern Wyoming Daily News in Worland, not far from my old Cody stomping grounds. To wit:

“I object and take exception to everyone saying that Obama and Congress are spending money like a drunken sailor. As a former drunken sailor, I quit when I ran out of money.”

– Drew can be reached at (970) 887-3334 ext. 19600 or at

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