A few positive changes are in store for readers of the Post Independent. We will introduce a new local columnist in Friday’s paper, the popular Our Towns page is now online, and I am seeking new members for the Independent Voices opinion feature.
More about these below.
First, let me invite you to meet the Post Independent’s new publisher, Michael Bennett. We’re hosting a coffee from 8-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, here at the newspaper office, 2014 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. It’s across the street from Safeway and next door to Taco Bell and the Cedar Lodge.
Bennett is a funny and friendly man who has wanted to move here for a long time. Now he is finally here, and we are so lucky to have him.
Please drop by to meet him, and you will see what I mean.
Meanwhile, those of you with strong opinions about current events take note: I am opening Independent Voices for new members.
Independent Voices is an opinion feature published in the Commentary section on Fridays. The “voices” are people from all walks of life and from all over Garfield County. They are divided into groups, and take turns answering each week’s current events question.
I cook up the question the week before and send it out by e-mail; the “voices” have five or six days to compose their answer (which is limited to 50 to 90 words) and return it to me.
I will take applications for new Independent Voices members from now through Friday, Jan. 30. Active members of the existing Independent Voices will remain in the rotation.
Interested readers should send me the following information by e-mail: name, year of birth, gender, mailing address, phone number and occupation. Send it to email@example.com.
We will schedule an evening photo shoot in February for all new members.
Let me introduce you to Alison Osius, our new local columnist. “Femaelstrom,” a humorous look at family life in the Roaring Fork Valley, debuts this Friday, and will appear every other week.
Osius has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1988. She is senior editor at Rock and Ice magazine, and a longtime climber and former climbing competitor who won three national and one invitational titles, and placed in the top 10 at a number of international events, including the original X Games in 1995.
She has written for 35 newspapers and magazines, as well as many anthologies, and in 1991 published “Second Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr.” She has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, and graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont.
In 1997 she was elected the first woman president of the American Alpine Club, for which she is still a volunteer and committee member.
Osius lives in Carbondale with her husband, Mike Benge, and two young sons, and intends to write about slices of valley life, including issues affecting women and working parents, families in their many modern configurations, and mountain sports.
Our Towns, which appears on page 12 of today’s edition, has been a popular page that features locals and visitors having fun at a variety of events.
Kim Doose, the GSPI’s woman about town, hits the fun spots with her camera and notepad in hand, and brings the faces of dozens of residents to readers.
Readers of our Web site can now view her photos and read her stories online each week.
Go to the Web site at http://www.postindependent.com, and look for the list of links on the left side of the page. Click on the Our Towns link, and you’ll see a teaser for this week’s page, and a list of pages from recent weeks. (That’s a short list now, but it will grow as time goes by.)
Click on the page you want to see and voila! There’s Our Towns on your computer screen.
” Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Post Independent.
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