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Headless chickens no more: Deadlines back to normal

Bringing it Home
Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed shorter stories, fewer quotes from coaches and players and a few missing scores and details in the Post Independent sports sections.

You may have even seen Jeff Caspersen and me scrambling around gyms, with our laptops, like chickens with their heads cut off at basketball games and wrestling tournaments.

It’s been a difficult time for all of us here with press issues causing early deadlines. We’ve even gotten phone calls saying we are liars because the press should be fixed or why don’t we go ahead and get our own press instead of Colorado Mountain News Media’s in Gypsum? If anyone has a few extra million dollars, we would love to get on that.

As far as writing stories as fast as humanly possible goes, my favorite occurrence during this time was having the Glenwood Springs-Rifle boys basketball game on Jan. 16 end at 9:38 p.m. Man, was it hard trying to get that one written in negative eight minutes.

But those times should now be behind us, as I am happy to announce that our usual deadline of getting stories done at 10:30 p.m., instead of 9:30 p.m., is back.

I read some of the lovely commentary in the letters to the editor blaming our managing editor Dale Shrull for all the problems we have been having lately. I, on the other hand, would actually like to thank him for working hard and doing everything within his power to get our regular deadline back.

So, thanks to most everyone for your patience during the early-deadline period, and we now hope to get back to writing better, less-rushed stories with quotes and, hopefully, more scores from out of town.

Jeff and I can still only be in at one place each at a time, so we need help getting scores. For athletic directors, coaches and scorebook keepers, please fax (945-4487) or call (384-9125) in results as soon as you can. We will still be working on a deadline and won’t have time to call everyone and track them down.

We want to get as much information out there as possible, but we need help when we can’t get to the games.

So, again, we apologize for all the craziness and hope to bring you a more complete sports section everyday from here on out. And it’s just in time, as the winter prep sports postseasons are just around the corner.

Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124


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