Sky-Hi Daily News says goodbye to Cyndi McCoy, creates plan to fill her shoes |

Sky-Hi Daily News says goodbye to Cyndi McCoy, creates plan to fill her shoes

Autumn Phillips
From the Editor
Grand County, Colorado

Within minutes, word spread through Facebook that Cyndi McCoy no longer works at the Sky-Hi Daily News.

While she was cleaning out her desk, Cyndi posted a Facebook status update: “Cyndi McCoy is having to say good-bye to the Sky-Hi Daily News. Wish me well. It’s been an incredible ride and hopefully they’ll bounce back, but today’s my last day. It’ll be some time before I can communicate with everyone.”

E-mails started coming into the paper wondering what was happening, even as what remained of the news staff sat in my office talking and trying to digest yet another layoff.

This is the third round of layoffs for the Sky-Hi Daily News since December.

This economy has not been kind to newspapers, nor to our newsroom.

When the press closed and we lost longtime reporter Will Bublitz in December, everyone was frozen the entire day. We were in shock. I presented a survival plan to the staff that day, but we didn’t get a lot of work done after that.

By the third round of layoffs, we all knew exactly what to do.

After a tearful goodbye, we all met in my office and sorted out the plan. We have four people left in the newsroom – Tonya Bina, Drew Munro, Byron Hetzler and myself.

Cyndi did a lot at this newspaper. She managed the community calendar, wrote all our arts and entertainment stories, took photos at local events and, since the departure of Katie Looby in February, had been covering sports and education.

After admitting the road ahead would be difficult and promising to help each other get through it, we divided up her beats and went back to our desks to work. We have become seasoned veterans at this economic war of attrition.

In order to survive, however, we need help from the community more than ever.

Don’t assume we know about something. Call us. News tips from readers are more important than ever. If you have a news tip or a photo to submit, here’s who you should contact:

Reporter Tonya Bina will be covering county government, the towns of Grand Lake, Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs and education stories for the East Grand School District. She can be reached by e-mail at or by calling (970) 887-3334 ext. 19603.

On the days he is not editing and laying out pages, News Editor Drew Munro will cover Kremmling, police and courts and education for the West Grand School District. He can be reached by e-mail at or by calling (970) 887-3334 ext. 19610.

Photographer Byron Hetzler will continue to attend as many community events and high school sports games as possible, as well as being on scene for news stories. In addition, he will now take over all sports coverage. To make this possible, we need coaches to send in scores, and parents to send in photos of away games. If possible, if a parent, coach or athlete wants to write an article about the game and send it in, we would be happy to run it (and eternally grateful). Byron can be reached by e-mail at or by calling (970) 887-3334 ext. 19604.

As for me, Editor Autumn Phillips, on the days I am not editing and laying out pages, I will be covering arts and entertainment, the towns of Winter Park and Fraser and the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. I can be reached by e-mail at or by calling (970) 887-3334 ext. 19600.

We are also working to automate our community calendar as much as possible. Please submit your event online at Scroll to the bottom of the page, click “Submit an Event” in the top right corner of the box labeled “Upcoming Events”. If you do not have a computer, we put one in the front office specifically for calendar submissions. We are happy to help you figure out how to use this feature.

Thank you to Cyndi McCoy for all her hard work covering arts and entertainment in Grand County. We hope to have to energy and the community support to fill her shoes.

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