Joelle will be missed |

Joelle will be missed

Casper's Corner
Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen

Having been somewhat of a nomad since graduating from college more than eight years ago (yes, I’m getting old), I’ve worked with a number of fine journalists.

Count Joelle Milholm, my colleague here in the sports department the past year and a half or so, among them.

As most of you know by now, Joelle left the Post Independent last week to start a new life in California. It wasn’t easy watching her leave.

She brought a rarely seen energy to the table in covering Garfield County sports, something not always easy to do in a profession where long hours are the norm, the pay is next to nothing and where critics are all too ubiquitous.

But Joelle’s love for reporting and writing trumped all that ” and will no doubt continue to prevail over the field’s shortcomings as she advances her journalism career elsewhere.

I know this: We’ll have a heck of a time replacing her.

And, from a personal perspective, Joelle became a good friend to me during our overlapping time here.

She did everything she could to help me acclimate to my new surroundings when I arrived on scene here back in February 2007, from inviting me to hang out with the Post Independent crew to simply being a friendly face in a brand-new place.

We took to the softball diamond and volleyball court together in local rec leagues (we’re going to miss her big time when we start our softball playoff run next week), went head to head in fantasy football and baseball leagues and talked plenty of sports during slow times at work.

I’m just glad she’s moving to Sacramento, only a couple hours away from my parents, whom I visit regularly.

I’m happy Joelle’s moving on but sad she’s leaving. I imagine others in Glenwood Springs feel the same way.

Best of luck, Jo, but not in fantasy football this fall.

Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123

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