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January 30, 2013
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Here's to the ones who get it done

Despite what you see, read and hear, there are so many more people doing good things than there are bad things. It's just that we remember the bad things more easily, and for a lot longer, than the good things.

That's why nearly every serious news media outlet will lead with a bad news story. That's what people pay attention to. I get weekly reports on the most read stories on our web site and the crime report is always in the top three, sometimes it's No. 1. People want to see if their friends, relatives or neighbors are in trouble. Why else would we care?

But over the course of my 30-plus year career in journalism, the stories I enjoy the most are the positive ones. I give you three examples in this week's Telegram.

Ideally, it wouldn't be anything but run of the mill (but that's another column), but it's still news whenever a woman excels in an athletic or other physical activity traditionally dominated by men. Cody Pfau is one of those women.

As you can read in Jon Mitchell's well-crafted story, the 17-year-old senior at Grand Valley High School is ringing up the wins on the wrestling mats, against boys that you would assume would have a physical advantage on the 106-pound blonde from Parachute.

She's also excelling in the classroom and appears to be headed toward graduation as her class valedictorian. Cody has landed a college scholarship to pay for her higher education, thanks to her wrestling prowess that some have said might also take her to the Olympic stage in the not-too-distant future.

Looking in the opposite direction, the past, we find Ron Roesener and the Rifle Masonic Lodge #129. He's leading an effort to have the local lodge building listed on the national historic registry. Next year is the lodge's 100th anniversary, and its membership over that time has included many of the movers and shakers in Rifle's past.

While getting that designation would allow the lodge to seek grant funds for some needed repair work to the building, I like the fact that it would help preserve a good part of Rifle's past. The only building in the city that has historic designation is the Post Office, so it seems to make sense to add at least one more building to the list.

Then we have a new business opening its doors, at least in its new location, and owned by what seems a very confident owner, despite the state of the local and national economies.

In fact, Mark Proctor told me he's tired of hearing all the negative stories about the economy and decided to go all in with his wife, Kathleen, and open "On The River Supply" on Airport Road southeast of Walmart. They offer high quality river rafting supplies and fly fishing gear.

As Proctor said, we live in an area so rich in outdoor recreation activities, both locally and regionally, a store like his does seem like a natural - and successful - fit. Time will tell.

These three people, and who knows how many others, are doers. They work and train hard, learn useful skills, take on projects that require a lot of stamina and resolve. They sometimes put it all on the line. And they - hopefully - make it work.

That's the kind of story I like.

Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.

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The Post Independent Updated Jan 30, 2013 05:14PM Published Jan 30, 2013 05:12PM Copyright 2013 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.