A Letter To Our Readers: Changes At The Canyon Echo

Dear readers of the Canyon Echo,

Five months ago, I worked with Linda Richmond, former publisher of the Canyon Echo, to bring her remarkable local news source back to life. We’ve since published numerous articles from the archives, community columns, historic photo retakes, regional poetry, and dozens of news articles. Community support has been beyond anything I ever imagined, and it’s been a wonderful experience helping reboot the Echo. So first off, I’d like to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated, contributed, emailed a kind note, or just opened the site to check in for the latest. We wouldn’t have made it this far without your support.

Thanks in part to the success of the Canyon Echo, I’m thrilled to announce that I was recently hired to serve as the San Juan County correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune, a one-year position made possible through a grant from Report for America. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside the Tribune‘s team of skilled editors and reporters to put forth the best coverage possible of important issues in our corner of the state. Working at the Tribune will provide investigative and editorial resources far beyond anything I could achieve alone.

The position is full-time and it will limit the amount of original work I’m able to do for the Canyon Echo, but this site will not shut down. I will continue to post community submissions — including photos, letters to the editor, and poetry — throughout the next year. I will also keep the events calendar up and running and will continue to write articles on local/Bluff politics that may be of less interest to Tribune readers. Through our Facebook page, I’ll share relevant articles I write for the Tribune a few times per week, so be sure to follow that page if you haven’t already.

That said, this site will see less overall activity for at least a year. If you’re a recurring donor to the Echo, please email me at groatnotes@gmail.com if you’d like to cancel or reduce your subscription. I don’t want to accept donations from anyone who is expecting more content, and, again, I thank everyone who has contributed so far.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or submissions. And please reach out with any news tips related to southeastern Utah.

For local journalism,
Zak Podmore