As you are reading this, your Grand Canyon Associate Editor Jackie Brown is enjoying a much-needed vacation in Hawaii. I hope Jackie is having the time of her life and comes back refreshed with plenty of Hawaiian stories to tell.
I am two weeks short of being the editor of the Williams-Grand Canyon News. Jackie joined us as the associate Grand Canyon editor last October. While Jackie has told me countless times how much she enjoys the people of the Grand Canyon/Tusayan area, she does not have an easy job. Jackie is the one-man band of the Grand Canyon News. Single-handedly, she attends your major events, covers sports and attends meetings to create the news for this section. She has no back up and has learned how to be in two places at one time.
Oct. 3-9 is National News-paper Week. This year’s theme is “Newspapers ... The People’s Product.” The theme clearly illustrates the readers’ part of the newspaper. Without you and your news, we would have no product. We need you. This is your newspaper with news about you in it. Keep us at the top of your list when you are planning an event. This will allow us to better serve you. Do you know of something going on in the area? Call us! Do you have a question about how something is being handled in the community? Call us! If we do not have an immediate answer, we’ll attempt to find one.
As the editor, I want to know more about the Grand Canyon/Tusayan area and the community members. To accomplish this, I will be traveling to the Grand Canyon at least once monthly to meet you and hear what you have to say about how we are doing. I can’t wait to meet you and visit your businesses personally. I want to know what you specialize in and what you are selling. This will make upgrading the Grand Canyon Tour Guide much easier. It will also be helpful to Jackie. I want to see where she works, lives and meet her news sources and friends. I’ll be taking Jackie up on that invitation to attend a Rotary meeting.
The staff of the Williams-Grand Canyon News will be hosting an open house in our main office located in Williams from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 7. We are located at 118 S. Third St., behind the World Famous Sultana. We will be serving light refreshments. Meet our staff and view demonstrations on how we put the paper together. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. A suggestion box will be available at the open house.
We want to hear what you like seeing in your paper, what you don’t like to see and what you would like to see. Can’t attend? E-mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can be mailed to P.O. Box 667, Williams, AZ 86046. Your suggestions can be anonymous.
I look forward to Jackie’s return. I can be reached at (928) 635-4426 or (800) 408-4726 if you would like to schedule time with me when I am at the Grand Canyon. I look forward to your comments and will be seeing you soon.