Spring is a good time for change, I guess. There certainly seems to be a lot of it happening, if you look around closely.
That goes for The Citizen Telegram as well, and I thought I'd tell you about some of the things we're doing, large and small, that we hope you, our readers, will like. And we hope it makes the Telegram a more important newspaper and part of the regular routine for all Rifle residents and beyond.
The first change came last week, when we debuted a new monthly feature, "Western Memories." Many, maybe most, people around here like reading about the history and founding families of the Rifle area. Parachute and Western Garfield County, too. So that's what we'll give you.
Niki Turner, a talented freelance writer and longtime area resident in her own right, will talk to some of the members of the area's longtime families about their fondest memories of Rifle or wherever they settled down. We've already had some great feedback to last week's debut story on Harold and Roberta Shaeffer.
And we've had suggestions for future "Western Memories" and welcome any others. We've got a pretty good list but can always use more. Get in touch with me and let me know.
The second new feature started in today's Telegram, the "Citizen Spotlight" feature. Also written by Turner, we will try to get a little recognition for those in the Rifle and Parachute communities who do a little extra. Whether it's through their job or their volunteering, these are the folks that often make a community the special place it is to live.
You might not have heard about all of them, since some work behind the scenes. Others may find themselves in the public eye from time to time. But they're all worthy of a little appreciation. I want to hear suggestions for this monthly feature, too.
Look for "Western Memories" on the fourth Thursdays of each month and "Citizen Spotlight" on the first Thursday of the month. We may run them more than once a month in the near future.
The more involved change may be mostly behind the scenes and you might not notice. I will, and so will everyone else involved in putting The Citizen Telegram together each week.
Our owners, Swift Newspapers, are switching all their properties to a new state-of-the-art, "cloud-based" content management system. From what I understand, which is only a little so far, it should make our jobs more efficient and time saving, compared to the outdated, time-consuming system we're using now.
Yours truly will be in training for two weeks later this month to learn the ins and outs and details. I'll try to let you know about any changes you might notice as we switch over to the new system in May.
I'm glad we're making these changes, or improvements, in the spring. Just seems like the right time, you know?
As always, I want to hear your thoughts and opinions on anything that has to do with the Telegram, our communities, businesses and people.
And think spring!
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.