From the editor: Thanks to our readers and community for their support | SummitDaily.com

From the editor: Thanks to our readers and community for their support

Nicole Miller, Summit Daily News
Nicole Miller, Summit Daily News

FRISCO — I arrived in Summit County six short months ago, but I could immediately tell this is a community that values its local newspaper.

I hear from readers almost daily who want to share their thanks for our reporting, ask us to cover a specific story or topic, or even provide constructive criticism.

Those readers — even the ones who disapprove of our news choices — are engaged residents, and that’s what makes a community strong.

Because this is your newspaper, we work to find a place for all your local news, whether it’s in our events calendar, our Reporter Notebook briefs section or one of the articles on our pages that share the stories of our community.

Recently, the Summit Daily News team has written a series on The Summit Foundation’s annual Soul of the Summit philanthropy awards, highlighting volunteers in our community who give their time and money to make Summit County a better place to live.

We’ve also reported extensively on issues that affect our local workforce, including recent talks about raising the minimum wage, the high cost of living, a workforce housing shortage and recent cuts to the Summit Stage bus schedule that impact those who work late into the night.

We’ve covered the groundbreaking work of the Peak Health Alliance as the Summit County health care purchasing collaborative negotiated insurance premiums that were expected to lower costs for residents as much as 40%. And then we told the story about local workers who saw their premiums increase because of what was called a tax credit “glitch.”

We’ve covered the local ski industry and lift safety, including a recent story about the pass waivers skiers sign before they hit the slopes, limiting their liability to sue, even in cases of negligence.

We’re here to tell those stories because we live and work in the communities of Summit County. And there are a lot of people behind the scenes who help us do it.

Summit Daily Advertising Director Ian Donovan and his sales team work with local businesses, whose advertising allows us to have a free daily paper and website that provide invaluable information to our community.

After the ads are sold and the stories are written, our page designers and copy editors work late into the night to lay out the paper, edit the stories and write the headlines before they send the completed files to our press team in Gypsum.

That’s where the newspaper is printed on huge rolls of recycled newsprint that are fed through a massive web press that fills half a warehouse. The papers are then folded, trimmed and sometimes stuffed with coupons before our delivery drivers take over, filling news boxes across the county.

I think it’s a pretty impressive thing to deliver a free community newspaper 365 days a year, even if the power goes out, even if there’s no internet, even if Interstate 70 closes.

So thanks to our readers for picking up the paper or scrolling through our website and making the Summit Daily News part of your routine. We do it all for you.

Feel free to reach out to me at nmiller@summitdaily.com with your feedback. And always be sure to send your news and story ideas to news@summitdaily.com.


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