This is one of the reasons I came back to Steamboat Springs from Texas.
I’m a newspaper editor. Most of the work I produce is in black and white and completed in one, 24-hour cycle. Other than reading them, I have no experience with magazines.
But when Publisher Bryna Larsen told me she wanted to launch a magazine to go along with our news product, I thought it would be a great chance to do something new. And it was.
At Home is the culmination of months of work by the newspaper staff. Writing, shooting and designing for magazines isn’t the same as it is for newspapers. That’s for sure. But I think we’ve done a lot of learning throughout the past several weeks, and I am proud of our inaugural effort.
Here are some of the highlights:
• Dave Shively came to us from Paddler Magazine with a keen spirit of adventure and a willingness to write anything and everything. We turned Dave and his boat loose for his first ride from Fish Creek Falls to the C-hole downtown. Dave gives a first-person view of that experience.
• Alexis DeLaCruz has spent the past year talking to law enforcement officers in the Yampa Valley, and she knows the three candidates to be this county’s next sheriff as well as anyone. Alexis sizes up next month’s Republican Primary between Ray Birch and Garrett Wiggins and also profiles Democrat Gary Wall.
• We have started two standing features as part of At Home — “Cooking With” and “Staying Fit.” In this month’s “Cooking With” feature, Chef Kate Rench of Cafe Diva offers some of her favorite recipes. In “Staying Fit,” trainer Mike McCannon offers a workout that’s easy to do at home.
• Writer Mike Lawrence has some numbers that will get your attention in his feature about the growing number of telecommuters in the area.
Last but not least is our cover story. Pilot & Today sportswriter John F. Russell has covered Steamboat Springs skier Todd Lodwick at numerous competitions, including the Olympics in Salt Lake City and Turin, Italy. This time he catches up with Lodwick on the next phase of his life — raising his daughter and working as a junior broker for the new Marabou land preservation subdivision.
There’s a lot in this first edition to absorb, but this is just a start. I want your feedback on the magazine. I want your story suggestions and your criticism. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. My phone number is 871-4221.
Enjoy this first edition. To borrow a phrase from our friends at the Rainbow Gathering, “Welcome home.” ‘
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