Editor’s Column: Time flies when you’re having fun

Time also flies when you’re climbing a learning curve that has a steep incline. Tomorrow (Sept. 1) marks our

Niki Turner
one-year anniversary as owners of the Rio Blanco Herald Times and associated publications.
It really has been fun, almost all of the time!
Co-owners Caitlin Walker and my husband Pat have been hugely helpful. Caitlin took on my former role as production person and ad designer. She’s the amazing talent behind our advertising and our redesigned magazines. She taught herself how to do it and works at home with four tiny children, two of whom she is homeschooling this year. I couldn’t be more in awe.
And my husband, who got thrown into the high-intensity, deadline-driven melee of newspaper production without any kind of preparation—his newspaper experience was limited to distribution, and that was 27 years ago. Now he’s in distribution and advertising and marketing and sometimes reporting and photography and accounting and all the other things I keep tossing his way, plus whatever he comes up with himself, and he’s doing a wonderful job. It’s hard to start over in a new industry, but he has done it with a smile and a can-do attitude, and I’m grateful.
I also want to thank our staff, contractors and contributors for everything you do. You’re all essential to getting the paper out every week.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to all our advertisers. We hope to continue to work together to benefit your businesses and build up our local economies. We’ve added digital options to our advertising options, and have worked hard this year to build up our website and social media numbers. We also made our online edition free. We hope that’s an asset for our readers and advertisers. Our website traffic has more than doubled (hence the reason we’ve been having website trouble for the last few weeks) and we’re marching toward 3,000 Facebook fans for the Herald Times.
Let’s continue working together to showcase our wonderful communities in print and online for generations to come.
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Meeker Fire Chief Terry Skidmore knows what it’s like to live in hurricane and tornado country. He’s organizing a donation drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Drop sites will be set up around town for specific items Skidmore says are often overlooked in disaster recovery situations.
Call the fire station for details on what to donate, or check out our Facebook page for more information.