Don’t like being on the road again… |

Don’t like being on the road again…

McKibbin’s Scribblin’s
Mike McKibbin

Someone called me a “road warrior” the other day. In a nice way.

The thing is, I don’t like being someone who spends hours at a time behind the wheel. Thankfully, there are those better suited than me to hauling goods across country and delivering packages. Important roles for our economy.

Just not for me.

But I was definitely a “road warrior” the last two weeks.

As I wrote several weeks ago, the Citizen Telegram and all the other Swift newspapers near and far have now upgraded to a new computer system that manages all the content you see in the printed paper and online.

To get those of us who are now using the new system up to speed, I had to drive to Basalt and back for four days a week for two weeks. Each of those days provided us four hours of training. Four hundred miles each week.

Guess I was a “road warrior.” Maybe times four?

So what does this new system bring to you? Hopefully, a better-looking product, at least. For us, a faster, more efficient way of putting our newspapers together.

As of yesterday, if you visit the Telegram website,, it will look different. We, and all other Swift weekly newspapers, are now actually found on the site of a nearby Swift daily newspaper. In this case, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. You can still get to all our Rifle news and features by typing in You’ll just see a different page.

The Grand Junction Free Press, another Swift weekly, is also found on the Post Independent web site.

A big, and likely welcome, change is the return of comments on our news stories. Several years ago, the powers that be discontinued comments due to abuse, misuse and a lack of accountability for some of the more inflammatory comments made on certain web sites.

Now, as long as you have a Facebook account, you can comment to your heart’s delight. But you still have to use your name. No more anonymous comments. Think of it like writing a letter to the editor. You never see unsigned letters, do you?

A good piece of advice if you can’t find something on the new site is to look at the bottom of each page. The footer has links to pretty much everything. You can still submit news briefs, letters, photos and anything else you want to share. You can view our e-Edition in all its glory, just like before.

There may be a few things that take a week or so to show up, but give it about a week and you shouldn’t have any problems.

We want feedback, too, so don’t be shy. Shoot me an email. If I can’t answer your question, I’ll send it on to someone else who deals with whatever your issue is about.

The printed newspaper may look different, too. We’re working through issues and bugs as they arise, so there may be glitches here and there. But I will always strive to produce a solid, professional-looking newspaper.

But you are welcome to share feedback on the paper you hold in your hands, too. I’ve appreciated the comments I’ve had in the little more than one year I’ve been in this seat for the second time. Keep ‘em coming.

So from a temporary “road warrior,” happy reading.

Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.

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