Stop by "Coffee with a Reporter" from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 28 at Café 13, or at the Golden Library from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 29.
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How much everything changes in six months!
The Clear Creek trail through downtown Golden that was once packed to the gills with innertubes, tourists and cyclists is now lined with holiday lights, ice and snow.
Likewise, I went from learning to juggle a new beat as the busy summer season was kicking into gear, to someone who feels slightly more comfortable with all the goings-on in Golden as we prepare for the winter holidays.
In case I haven’t met you yet, I’m Corinne Westeman — the relatively new Golden Transcript reporter and a fellow Goldenite. (By the way, I love that demonym! It sounds like a rock you’d find on display at the Mines Museum.)
I moved to Golden in June 2016 when I started work at Evergreen Newspapers, now Colorado Community Media. Since then, I’ve been a reporter for the Transcript’s sister papers in western Jeffco and Clear Creek County.
This May, after my predecessor Deborah Grisby Smith was promoted to CCM’s digital editor, I decided it was time to start reporting in my own backyard.
I must admit that, during those six years I was running around Evergreen, Conifer and Clear Creek, I wasn’t really paying attention to things in Golden.
One summer, my mom was visiting and — I kid you not — we stumbled across Buffalo Bill Days. It’s only the biggest event of the summer, and I was driving around downtown wondering why I couldn’t find a parking spot anywhere.
Part of why I wanted to take on the Golden beat was to become more involved and invested in my own community. As both a resident and a reporter, I’ve learned a lot over the past six months.
And that learning process will continue indefinitely. In fact, I think it’s only going to become more intense over the next few months.
To that end, I’m hoping you can help me.
With the busy summer and fall seasons over, we have this tiny lull before the winter holidays. So, I’d like to do a six-month checkup, of sorts.
I’m hoping to meet you, my fellow Golden community members, and hear your feedback about the Transcript — what we’ve been doing well, what we can do better, story ideas and so on. We can also just talk about Golden in general, how bad traffic is getting and how weird the weather’s been this year. You know, the usual Colorado banter.
I know everyone’s schedules are different, so I’ll have two opportunities next week. Call it “Coffee with a Reporter,” if you will. (Thanks for the idea, City of Golden!)
Feel free to stop by Café 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 28 or by the Golden Library study room from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 29.
In case of inclement weather, check the Golden Transcript Facebook page for updates. I’ve lived in Colorado long enough to know that the best way to drive in the snow is to avoid it altogether.
You’re also free to email me at email@example.com, message me via Twitter @cwesteman, or message the Transcript Facebook page — whatever method is easiest. I would appreciate hearing your feedback, even if you’re unable to attend.
I hope to see some of you for coffee and a friendly discussion Nov. 28-29. Until then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and stay Golden!
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