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Handing off the ball in sports department

Heather McGregor

Dear Readers,Change is the nature of our lives, and the nature of the newspaper business.As such, we marked an important transition on our staff in the past few weeks.Sports editor Dale Strode has moved on to the Durango Herald, where he is the new sports editor. Dale was a founding staff member of the old Glenwood Independent and took over the sports desk when the Independent and Post were merged in November 2000.Dale told us he needed to find new mountains to climb, new trails to ride and new runs to ski. Dale’s departure is our loss and Durango’s gain.After a three-week gap, filled by assistant sports editor Phil Sandoval, I’m happy to announce the appointment of Sean Kelly as the Post Independent’s new sports editor. Sean has been on the job a full week now, and we think he makes a great addition to our staff.Like Dale, Sean is a native of the valley. He grew up in Aspen. His parents are John and Jane Kelly.Sean attended prep school at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and earned his bachelor’s in journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Then he ventured off to the wilds of Montana, working for four years as a sports writer and editor for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.He won awards for his writing and page design, and he has ideas that will soon bring a fresh look and voice to our sports pages.Sean is happy to return to the Roaring Fork Valley, where he can practice his favorite sport, fly-fishing. Although he said he’s become “docile” from working as a sports editor, we also expect him to polish his ice hockey skills once winter arrives.Join me in welcoming Sean to our community and to the valley’s sports scene. You can get in touch with him by calling 945-8515, ext. 515, by fax at 945-8477, or by e-mail at sports@postindependent.com.Speaking of sports editors, we also hear the Jon Klusmire, former editor of the Post Independent, has finally landed a job as sports editor and reporter for the Anaconda Leader in Anaconda, Mont. Klusmire has been enjoying a spate of unemployment since his departure from the GSPI last September. Now he will be keeping Anaconda residents entertained with his witty remarks.Anaconda is just 25 miles from Butte, Mont., where his children, Ansel and Mariah, live with their mom, Leslie. The kids are acting in Butte’s summer production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and turning into teenagers.-I got a lovely letter last week from Kathryn Gambell, a Humanitarian Service Award winner for 2002. She didn’t write the letter for publication, but she told me that our staff “did a fantastic job” covering the wildfires.”We were made aware through the writings of many different staff members the problems that many faced – great human interest stories,” she wrote in impeccably clear handwriting.Thanks, Kathryn, for your supportive words.-Former Glenwood Springs mayor Bob Zanella popped in on Tuesday to say hello (this is his former workplace, as well) and to hand deliver a press release regarding the Coal Seam Fire Fund. A group of present and former City Council members, with Bob as their chairman, will be deciding how to divide up funds donated to those who lost their homes.Those who wish to apply for help need to fill out a simple, one-page form by next Friday, July 12. The forms are available at City Hall.Don’t be shy, folks. Your community wants to help you recover from your loss.The rest of us can make the committee’s job easier by making donations to the fund at any Glenwood Springs bank. If you haven’t shared a bit of wealth with your neighbors in need, now is the time to do so.-Enjoy the 4th of July! Celebrate our freedom, but wear your seatbelts and don’t play with fireworks. Let’s make the rest of this summer a happy time.Heather McGregor is managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.


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