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Taking this team into the next season

Autumn Phillips " From the Editor

On Sunday afternoon, I was taking off my skis at the bottom of the hill, when I overheard a mother talking to her daughter.

I’m not a good judge of children’s ages, but the little girl was no older than 5.

The mom asked, “So, what are you going to work on the next time you go skiing?”

It was such an athlete’s question.

Athletes work from goal to goal, never satisfied with their performance. And that approach usually carries over into day-to-day living.

I once saw a football coach friend of mine fight his way through cancer in exactly the same way he worked toward a winning season ” working his way from one goal to another, and doing so with a positive attitude and a lot of heart. It worked.

I believe in that approach to life ” the athlete’s approach.

As an editor, I see myself as the coach building and leading my team. Each edition is our game, but I’m not sure if the season ever ends and I know there’s never a scoreboard to let you know if you’re winning or losing.

Here at the Sky-Hi Daily News, we’ve finally settled into the routine of putting out a daily paper ” hopefully, you’ve settled into the routine of picking it up every day ” and now it’s time to look toward the next accomplishment.

I’d like to share a few of the goals we set for the coming year:

– We plan to publish four, large-scale reporting projects in 2008. At the beginning of the year, we plan to examine insurance coverage in Grand County ” why so few have medical insurance in our community and what are the impacts. We will also examine possible solutions.

In the spring, we want to publish a three-part series about conservation in the time of development. As this area grows, there are things we need to protect ” culture and natural resources.

In the summer, we plan a series on water and, in the fall, we want to examine the impact of second homeowners on this county ” for good or bad.

– Some of the most interesting people I know are teenagers and I’d like to see them writing in our newspaper. Early next year, you’ll see me at the schools talking to teens about the creation of a Sky-Hi Daily News teen section. If you know any teens who would like to write or take photos for the paper, give them my number or e-mail (at the bottom of this column).

– Since you can’t run a newspaper from behind a desk, publisher Kim Burner and myself will be scheduling Friday Morning Coffees around the county. Every Friday morning, we will be available for conversation in Kremmling, Granby, Winter Park or Grand Lake. We’ll run plenty of ads and announcements in the paper when we get this started. It will be a good chance to talk to many of you in person.

– We have a couple pages in the paper ” namely the Business page and the Faith Matters page ” that would be far more interesting if they were full of local stories. I’d like to reach out to any pastors in the community who would like to write for the Faith Matters page, and I plan to ask each area chamber director to begin contributing to the Business page (get ready for my phone call).

I have pages of other ideas and plans for the coming year, but this gives you an idea of where we are headed.

As always, if you have ideas for stories or other suggestions for this newspaper, I’d love to hear from you. Call me at (970) 887-3334 ext. 19600, e-mail me at aphillips@grandcountynews.com or stop by the office at 424 E. Agate Ave. in Granby.

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