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Editor’s Note

Dear Readers,

Let me tell you about a couple of new local features that will be starting soon in the Post Independent.

This Sunday, we will start a new feature called Family Life, alternating every other week between local author Charla Belinski and the staff members of YouthZone. It will run in the Community section.

Belinski starts the series this Sunday with a family road trip, and we all know how fun those are. Actually, it touches on how much parents love their kids, and explains the name for her column, “Are We There Yet?”

Belinski is a Colorado native, a graduate of the University of Denver, and a wife and mom of three kids, ages 6, 8 and 10. A former writer for television news, she now writes from her home in Snowmass Village.

She has been certified for the past six years as an instructor for the program Redirecting Children’s Behavior, which she presents throughout the valley. She also teaches courses for middle school students on bullying and self-esteem.

You’ll be able to contact her via e-mail at belinskis@comcast.net.

Next Sunday, May 2, YouthZone director Debbie Wilde offers an informative column, called “Answers From YouthZone,” on what this respected, 28-year-old community nonprofit organization is all about.

In a nutshell, YouthZone helps families and communities raise kids to benefit the health, wealth and safety of everyone. In the future, other YouthZone staff will take turns writing on topics that fit their expertise.

The YouthZone column will be open to questions from readers, kids and parents alike.

Other column topics will include runaways, summer boredom, teen depression, drug and alcohol abuse, basic laws governing juveniles, parent-child communication, cultural tolerance, teen driving and volunteerism.

Between Belinski and the YouthZone staff, the Family Life column will be a must-read for teens and parents in our valley.


On Monday, we are launching a new feature on our Business pages, called Business in Focus.

It’s a question-and-answer feature about local businesses, in the words of the business owner. Business in Focus gives business people a chance to share their experiences and inspirations, and will give readers a better sense of the wide variety of entrepreneurs in our community.

The series will launch Monday with a look at the J. Appleseed Nursery in Rulison, where orchardist Blane Colton is growing new varieties of crabapple trees that are ideal for landscaping in our climate. The orchard is in riotous bloom right now, and GSPI photographer Kelley Cox captured the color and the character of the crabapples and Colton for your reading pleasure.

If you would like your business to be featured in Business in Focus, contact me via e-mail at hmcgregor@postindependent.com, or by phone at 945-8515, ext. 517.

I’ll send you the questions by e-mail, mail or fax. Once you return the answers, we’ll schedule a time for a staff photographer to stop by and take a picture.

I hope you’ll take a few extra minutes Sunday and Monday to check out these new features in the Post Independent.

” Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

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