Hey, it’s that time of year again. Your Locals’ Choice ballots are appearing in the Post Independent. It’s your chance to vote on a bunch of fun subjects, from “Best place to hang out” and “Best facial hair” to the “Best” of the valley’s retail, service and eating establishments.
Ballots will be published three more times, so don’t miss out. They will be in the paper this Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and are due at the Post Independent office, 2014 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs, no later than 5 p.m. next Tuesday, April 20. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Monday, April 19.
We are trying to make sure this is a fair election by limiting ballots to one per person, and ballots with only one vote won’t be counted. Fill out your name, address and a few other details and you’ll be eligible to win a gift certificate in a special Locals’ Choice drawing.
“Best of” winners will be announced in mid-June.
Let me tell you about a few staff changes in store at the Post Independent.
After spending a winter with the Andy Stonehouse Show playing live in our newsroom, we reluctantly let the Canadian wordsmith return to Golden. Andy’s wife lives there, and he finally decided that living with her had an edge over slugging out witty entertainment copy for the PI.
And it’s going to take two people to replace him.
One is Ryan Graff, who is now the tallest person in the newsroom. Readers may remember Ryan’s byline from last summer, when he worked as our college intern. Now he’s back as our Arts and Entertainment writer, and the editor for Mountain Mailbag, Business Briefs and Real Estate Briefs.
If you want an event or show publicized in our Friday Options section, contact Ryan. Same goes for Mountain Mailbag, the place for new babies, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, college graduations, deans’ lists, birthdays, vacation pics and goofy pets.
Catch Ryan on the phone at 945-8515, ext. 520, by fax at 945-4487, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The second person is Dan Thomas, who is coming on board in a couple of weeks in a new position as assistant copy editor. Dan is a former lead copy editor for our sister paper, the Summit Daily News. We managed to steal him away from the Rutland Herald in Vermont, and expect to see the whites of his eyes later this month.
Dan will be handling your submitted items for the Postings and FYI calendar sections, along with letters to the editor, obituaries and a string of other duties.
Yes, I am still planning to leave the editor’s desk May 7. Many people have taken time to share kind words about my time in this position, and it’s heartening to know that the hard work has paid off with readers who appreciate what we are doing here.
A lot of you ” nearly 400, in fact ” also took time in recent weeks to fill out our reader’s survey. Publisher Mike Bennett will be reporting on those results soon.
Meanwhile, we are inviting readers throughout Garfield County to participate in a series of focus group meetings to help us learn how to make the paper better fit your needs. It will be a chance to dig deeper into the issues touched on in the survey.
The meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings over the course of the next three weeks, from April 20 to May 6, rotating between Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute.
We’ll serve a light supper and then scoot out of the room, turning the meeting over to professional facilitator Kathy Chandler-Henry. We don’t want focus group participants to feel inhibited in what they have to say about how we could do a better job with your community newspaper.
If you are interested in participating, call our marketing director, Michele Wurtsmith, at 945-8515, ext. 539, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will get you signed up.
” Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
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