Staff

Editor/Publisher/Writer: KENYON JORDAN
Assistant Publisher/Advertising Director: THERESE JORDAN
Techno Guy: TRAVERS JORDAN
Occasionally on loan from college: RIOUX JORDAN

Our banner is from an original design by Jason Baalman, including his sketch of the Prospector statue by Cloyd Barnes at Hwy 24 and 21st Street. Placed in 1999, the statue itself - representing the pioneering spirit that led to this area's development in the mid-1800s - was the vision of the late George Fisher, who had been a prospector himself.



Contacts

The Westside Pioneer office is at 526 S. 26th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
    - Phone: (719) 471-6776.
    - E-mail:
       o For news or general information, contact Kenyon at editor@westsidepioneer.com.
       o For advertising/billing information, contact Therese at ap@westsidepioneer.com .
       o For website information, contact Travers at travers@technoguycomputers.com.
       o The Westside Pioneer sends out an e-mail "blast" to announce significant articles (no more than twice a week). There is no charge to be notified that way. To get on the list, please e-mail us at editor@westsidepioneer.com.
    - Twitter address: @WestsidePioneer.
    - Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Westside-Pioneer/251273408261599.
(If the above e-mail links don't work on your computer,
please copy/paste or type the address into the "To" line of a new e-mail.)




About

     The Westside Pioneer began in 2004 as a free "mom-and-pop" weekly newspaper for the Colorado Springs Westside, attaining a circulation of over 5,000. The goal was to provide consistent, accurate news coverage for a significant and historic part of the city -- in a way that larger publications could not or would not. The Pioneer is still run that way, even after retooling to become a free online publication in January 2014. On its print side, the Pioneer also puts out a quarterly newspaper in February, May, August and November, available at more than 50 locations, including King Soopers and Safeway.
    Founders Kenyon and Therese Jordan, long-time Colorado Springs residents and Westsiders since 1986, continue as the Pioneer's owners, with help from their two sons, Travers and Rioux. Travers, who owns his own computer-repair business (Techno Guy Computers), built the Pioneer website and is its webmaster. Rioux is currently in college, but helps out on breaks and is especially adept in Adobe Photoshop.
     Kenyon majored in English and journalism, graduating from San Jose State University in California in 1978. Over the years, he has worked for numerous news publications (ranging from dailies to weeklies to monthly magazines) and also for Internet-related firms as a tech writer and editor. For the Pioneer , he oversees both the online and print publications and does the newswriting, editing, page layouts and most of the photography.
    Therese studied modern dance in college, mothered Travers and Rioux (including leading their homeschooling in their younger years), owned her own hairstyling business for about 15 years and is a self-taught graphics artist. She handles the Pioneer's advertising sales, designs many of the ads, takes care of the business' finances and shoots occasional news/feature photos.



Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Pioneer's coverage area?
     The Colorado Springs Westside, which we define as an area west of I-25, north of Cheyenne/Broadmoor, east of Manitou Springs and south of Garden of the Gods Road.

    Why can't readers comment at the ends of stories, as is allowed on many online news sites?
    While we welcome reader feedback, we lack the staffing necessary to monitor individual-story commenting. But at the end of every article is a link that lets the reader send an e-mail to the editor. This could be published as a letter, if it meets the necessary critria.

    What is the letter-writing criteria?
     Letters can be mailed, dropped off at our office or e-mailed. For address info, see Contacts above. For the best chance of publication, length should not exceed 300 words and the subject should be about the Westside. We reserve the right to edit letters for such reasons as length, spelling, grammar and punctuation. We reserve the right to refuse letters that contain obscenity, personal attacks or information known to be incorrect. Unsigned letters will not be run.

    Why did the Westside Pioneer end its weekly print publication?
    The reasons mainly involved finances, time and health, along with the exciting possibilities of going online. We provided fuller explanations in our announcement of the change in our Nov. 14, 2013, edition. These can be read in our online archives at: http://westsidepioneer.com/Articles/111413/Pioneer.html and http://westsidepioneer.com/Articles/111413/EditorsDesk.html . However, after hearing from numerous people who missed the Pioneer weekly, we have started printing a quarterly publication, with issues scheduled in February, May, August and November.

    How can readers know when the Westside Pioneer has new articles on its website?
    Once or twice a week, we send out an e-mail "blast" to a list of individuals or entities. New stories appear on the home page as well as on the category pages that fit their respective topics. (See the next question that explains the category buttons.) To be added to the e-mail list (it's free), e-mail us at editor@westsidepioneer.com. (Note that we will not "market" our e-mail list, and e-mails are sent in a blind-copy format so that recipients' e-mail addresses do not appear.) Also, we put notifications on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    What is the purpose of those small, square blue buttons in two rows at the top of each web page?
    These are called category buttons. Each can be clicked to open its own page. The set of buttons at the left -- other than the Contact button (this page) -- relates to news. The set of buttons at the right -- other than the Join Pioneer E-Mail List button -- relates to advertising. (The E-mail List button opens a page that tells how to sign up for the Pioneer e-mail "blasts," as described above under Contacts.)
    Capsules about the news and advertising buttons follow.
    - NEWS:
       o The Archives button opens a page allowing access to older stories (up to a month or so before the current date). For more details, see the Archives question/answer below.
       o The Westside Happenings button opens a page with listings of upcoming events that are open to the public. (Note: These are often non-commercial; those that are commercially oriented must have reasonably broad entertainment value.)
       o The buttons for Community , Projects, Opinion, Transportation, Schools, Outdoors, Land, Politics and Business each opens a page displaying recent articles that (in our editorial view) fall under that category. Many of these articles also appear on the main page (or did when they were first posted). The idea is to help people find recent articles based on their individual interests. To help in that regard, at the top of these category pages are clickable subcategories. For example, on the Schools category page, if you click on the Coronado subcategory you will move down the page to the list of clickable articles about Coronado High School. Occasionally, an article appears in more than one place. This can be because of category overlap or, if an article is about an upcoming meeting, it could be listed under its own subcategory as well as under the Upcoming Meetings subcategory.
    Note: If you browse the category pages, you can spot the newer articles because they will be in bold-face type.
    - ADVERTISING:
       o The Ad Info button opens a page with information about how to place an ad in the Westside Pioneer.
       o The Got a Card? button opens a page that presents merchant business cards. These are local businesses whose advertising supports the Westside Pioneer. Clicking on the cards opens their websites.
       o The Restaurants button opens a page with display ads for restaurants. These are local restaurants whose advertising supports the Westside Pioneer. Clicking on the ads opens their websites.
       o The Classifieds button opens a page that presents classified ads. These text or small display ads, placed by local residents and business owners, support the Westside Pioneer. The listings themselves are not clickable.
       o The Business Directory button opens a page with a one-line listing that states the addresses and phone numbers for local entities/businesses. This is also advertising that supports the Westside Pioneer. Clicking on the names opens their websites.

    Where can I find archives of the print newspaper?
     The Westside Pioneer retains full archives of all its articles since the newspaper started in January 2004. Articles are archived about a month after they first appears and are categorized by date and category. Keyword searches are also possible, using the Find box. To access the Pioneer archives, click the the Archives button at the top of this page or here: http://westsidepioneer.com/Archives.html.

    How can I take out an ad in the Westside Pioneer?
     Call 471-6776 and ask for Therese, or e-mail her at ap@westsidepioneer.com . We accept camera-ready display ads, or she can create your ad, working with you to represent your business the way you like. For Classified ads, Therese is in the office Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 526 S. 26th St. For other days of the week, please call to make an appointment. Basic ad information is also available on the website, at westsidepioneer.com/Advertising.html.

    How do I let you know if I encounter any problems with the website?
    Please e-mail our webmaster, Travers Jordan, at travers@technoguycomputers.com. For particularly serious issues, such as the site not being accessible at all, we'd also appreciate a call to the Pioneer office at 471-6776.

(Posted 1/6/14; updated 9/18/14)



   

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