Good morning gentle readers |

Good morning gentle readers

Heather McGregor

Today marks my first day back in the editor’s post at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to once again guide and write for the daily community newspaper serving Glenwood Springs and Garfield County. As many of you recall, I was the Post Independent’s editor from September 2001 to May 2004. During that time, our newsroom staff worked hard to produce a quality community newspaper. Moving forward, we will build on the current strengths of the Post Independent, revive some elements from the past, and strive to make the paper an essential part of your daily life.

First, let me tell you a bit about myself, and then I’ll tell you how we are planning to make the Post Independent a stronger newspaper.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, I started my journalism career with reporting jobs in Montrose and Gunnison. Then I settled in for a 14-year run as the Glenwood Springs bureau reporter for The Daily Sentinel, covering top news in Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle and Rio Blanco counties.

I narrowed my reporting focus in 1998 when Jon Klusmire recruited me to join the Glenwood Independent, and we moved over to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent in the merger of 2000. When Jon left the editor’s post in 2001, I stepped in – at the end of the week that started with the Sept. 11 attacks.

Over the next three years, our team rolled out the paper’s website, redesigned the print edition and developed a strong editorial page, while continuing well-loved elements such as people and business features, Our Towns, sports coverage and, of course, the funnies.

I left the paper in 2004 to go with my husband, Steve Smith, to Denver for his “dream job” opportunity with The Wilderness Society. We kept our place in Glenwood Springs, coming home most weekends.

I shifted to the nonprofit world by serving as communications director for The Bell Policy Center, a public policy research group in Denver that works on state-level social and fiscal issues.

After three years with The Bell, I came back to Glenwood Springs to do similar work for CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region. Over the past couple of years, you’ve been reading about CLEER, the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative and the many clean energy projects our team accomplished.

Now I’m returning to my roots, to the familiar and exciting world of newspapers, and I couldn’t be happier.

The newsroom staff is smaller, to be sure, but every single person on the GSPI team is rock solid, giving us a strong advantage to achieve the improvements I have in mind.

Over the coming weeks and months, you will see positive changes in the paper, starting with the editorial page, news, features and community submissions.

The Post Independent will re-establish its role as the opinion leader for the community by publishing well-reasoned editorials commenting on issues of local concern. We will seek guest editorials and letters from readers with diverse views and ideas. The opinion pages will feature a balanced mix of columnists with a mind for humor and politics.

You will see my byline on news and feature stories several times a week, which means more local news to read. And we will develop a cohesive community calendar, anchored in a predictable location, that presents event information in a friendly format for on-the-go readers.

You’ll hear more details and see the changes start in the coming weeks. Our top priority is to publish a newspaper that brings you the news and sports of the day, inspiring features, thoughtful opinion and humor, and gives readers a place to note the milestones of life. Our success is measured, every day, by your readership. or (970) 384-9110

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