Goodbye Glenwood, hello California |

Goodbye Glenwood, hello California

Bringing it HomeJoelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Two and a half years ago, I had my car packed up to move to Duncan, Okla. Of the dozens of newspapers I applied to, it was the Duncan Banner that offered me a job, and I accepted.

As a Colorado native and young journalist looking to start my career, I wasn’t thrilled about the location but still thought it would be a good beginning.The night before I was set to leave, I got a call from the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and was offered a sports writing position. Knowing the beauty of the town outweighed Duncan’s, I accepted and headed to the Roaring Fork Valley instead.A strange set of circumstances brought me to Glenwood Springs, and it was here where I found truth in the phrase “everything happens for a reason.”I was fortunate enough to work in a great newsroom that took me in right off the bat and made me love going to work every day.

As a high school sports reporter, I was blessed with the opportunity to cover and get to know some great kids and coaches. As a community sports writer, my path crossed with those of many interesting and exciting people who made me feel like a part of the community.I’ve covered a state championship basketball team, watched three kids earn state wrestling titles, witnessed a two-time state swimming medalist and saw world records broken.On the prep beat, I reported on sports in the most pure form. Where athletes aren’t focused on money or fame, but on the love of the game and a desire for honest competition.In today’s sports world, where scores, stats and breaking news are available 24 hours a day, high school sports coverage is the final frontier for sports writers.

Here in the valley, I was often the only form of media at games and practices – the only one writing on that game, and it’s a great feeling to know there’s not a story like yours anywhere else.It’s been a great ride at the Post Independent, but my ride has now come to an end as I am heading out to California in search of new adventures.I have loved this job and have thoroughly enjoyed being a sports writer in this valley. I hope to continue my career as a journalist – hopefully now I will be able to do it in a town where greedy landlords can’t hike up my rent 50 percent and not think twice about it.So, in the words of Tom Petty: “It’s time to move on. It’s time to get going. What lies ahead I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, the grass is growing. It’s time to move on, time to get going.”Thanks to everyone who let me into their lives either as an athlete, coach, reader or co-worker. As I said, it’s been a great ride.

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