Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson

We are full-bore digital now. Editorially speaking, our team’s mindset is to cover the story, write it and get it on our website as soon as possible. The fun part is getting you stories as they happen. We have a variety of ways to reach you, our reader, but for that to happen, you have to opt in.

On Aug. 19 we debuted a new website at deltacountyindependent.com. There, you can read the latest news or browse through archived stories. Our weekly print editions, which will always be our staple, are posted so you can read through them as well.

Our mindset is changing here at the DCI. Our team is adjusting from a weekly news reporting mentality to a daily. Through our digital components we reach you the way you want to receive your Delta County news, on your phone, tablet, desktop, via social media, our app or our print product mailed directly to you.

Our app is our best way to reach you directly. The most efficient way to receive your news digitally is by downloading the app from the App store for I-phones or Google Play for Androids. Through our app we will notify you about breaking news, when local stories are posted, to access high school sports scores, and the latest featured stories. With the algorithms used on social media you never know what stories will come across your feed.

Then there is our newsletter. You will receive updates in your inbox when our latest print edition is completed. You’ll also receive any breaking news happening in Delta County as well. Soon to be included is a sports roundup newsletter and an arts and entertainment newsletter.

We started earlier this summer with increased activity on our Facebook and Instagram pages and the response from the community has been outstanding. You’re engaged, and that’s a wonderful thing for us at the DCI. It puts pressure on us to be on top of your news on a daily basis.

We’ve had the opportunity to break several stories digitally over the last couple of months, including the Delta Police departments officer involved incident with a man on methamphetamine who passed away after the scuffle. When we have the results of that investigation, we’ll comb through it and give you an unbiased report. We were active in reporting on the Paonia town administrator’s actions, and even called for his resignation. We posted the Delta County Sheriff’s Deputy video so you could draw your own conclusions.

We are also reporting and actively pursuing stories that enhance our lives in Delta County. We want to be good ambassadors for the county as well as the watchdog. While we all know there is a criminal element in our communities, there is also so much to be proud of.

We live in a complex community, in complex times, and there are many stories to follow. We’re assembling a good editorial team with our new managing editor, Monica Garcia, who comes to us from our sister newspaper, the Montrose Daily Press. We have Tamie Meck, who covers the North Fork like no other. She also has a wealth of knowledge of Delta County that we tap into often. Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros covers the City of Delta and is a pro’s pro and her coverage of everything Delta is second to none. We added to our team a new reporter, Lucas Vader, who is fresh from Colorado Mesa University where he edited the Criterion campus newspaper. He currently covers Surface Creek, but is a utility reporter who covers whatever we throw his way, and has fielded stories well. And of course, we have the legend Wayne Crick covering local sports with an assist from Kirby Henderson. Rounding out our team is Kaylee Dunham, Robbie Winne and Don Benjamin. We will also use our resources from the Montrose Daily Press when called upon.

It is a strong team of reporters that covers a large geographical area. As a Delta homegrown boy, I couldn’t be more proud or excited to lead our community newspaper into a new age and strategy. And as always, we appreciate your support.

Dennis Anderson is group publisher for Wick Communications, Alaska and Colorado. He can be reached by email at dennisa@montrosepress.

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