You may not be able to go back, as the old adage goes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come back.
As some of you know, I’m returning as editor of the Sky-Hi News to replace the editor who replaced me when I left for Glenwood Springs about 14 months ago.
Now that my head has stopped spinning, I’d like to thank all of you who have given me such a warm welcome. I can’t tell you how many ways Grand County feels like home and how wonderful it is to be back.
I’d also like to offer a hearty thank you and job well done to Tonya Bina for being such an outstanding steward of these publications. We will miss her dreadfully and count our blessings that she won’t be far away.
Here’s wishing mother and daughter the best of luck and godspeed.
I never really lost touch with Grand County. Tonya and I shared more than a few conversations about the goings-on during the past 14 months, and I was able to check in regularly at skyhidailynews.com to stay abreast of developments.
To say a lot has changed would be a bit like saying Brazil recently lost a little soccer game. We do live in interesting times, Chinese curse or no. Just ask anyone at the county.
I had the good fortune to spend seven weeks in late May, June and early July behind the counter of a Winter Park store where I became reacquainted with many friends and colleagues. It also gave me ample opportunity to meet new people and check the pulse of the community.
It’s clear some sectors of the local economy are more robust than they were when I left. It’s also apparent that I serendipitously took leave during one of the more intense winters in recent memory. But I won’t apologize; you can take my word for it that the trend was well represented downvalley along the Colorado River as well.
As for these pages, we’re not planning any dramatic immediate changes in your newspapers or website. We intend to continue to build on the recent history of excellence and to offer compelling, relevant, timely news and information about life and times in Grand County.
If there’s one thing I would change, it would be to enhance reader engagement in the Sky-Hi News. In addition to chronicling current events and providing information about official actions, community newspapers, their websites and social media pages are natural gathering places for citizens. They’re also the ideal venue for sharing the triumphs, challenges, opinions, struggles and successes of the people who make places like Grand County such great homes.
My door — and, I hope, my mind — is always open to reader suggestions about how to improve the newspaper. Don’t hesitate to contact me with your ideas, because it truly is your newspaper and we value your feedback.
Below is a favorite T.S. Eliot quote. By way of confession about just how deep-seated my peripatetic wanderlust is, I can recall using this quote in similar columns at least twice before. But I can’t recall a time when it seemed so appropriate or rang so true.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Drew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-887-3334. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook.