Editor/Publisher/Writer/Chief Photographer: KENYON JORDAN
Assistant Publisher/Advertising, Circulation & Social Media Director: THERESE
Techno Guy: TRAVERS JORDAN
Occasionally on loan from college: RIOUX JORDAN
Our banner was initially crafted for our first edition, Jan. 5, 2004, using Ramona
type face for the word "Pioneer" and a photo we took of the Prospector statue at
Hwy 24 and 21st Street. For the edition of May 25, 2011, the banner was given a
colorful enhancement by Old Colorado City artist Jason Baalman, including his
rendition of the Prospector statue (from the same angle as our photo). Ever since,
the Pioneer has kept Baalman's version for the Page 1 banner and put it at
the top of our main website pages.
(The statue itself was created by sculptor Cloyd Barnes in 1999, following a
fundraising effort by several area
citizens. Representing the pioneering spirit that led to this area's
development in the mid-1800s, the statue was the vision of the late George Fisher,
who had been a prospector himself.)
The Westside Pioneer office is at 526 S. 26th St., Colorado Springs, CO
- Phone: (719) 471-6776.
o For news or general information, contact Kenyon at
o For advertising/billing information, contact Therese at firstname.lastname@example.org
o For website information, contact Travers at
- Facebook address:
E-MAIL LIST: The Westside Pioneer
sends out an e-mail
"blast" to announce significant articles (usually once a week). There is no
charge to be notified that way. The blast is delivered in a blind-copy format, so
people's e-mail addresses are not displayed. To get on the list, e-mail
The Westside Pioneer began in January 2004 as a "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 primarily online publication in January 2014 (after the last weekly print
issue Dec. 19, 2013). The website offers the same type of Westside coverage as in
the weekly-print days, typically with one or more new articles/photos posted daily,
along with calendar updates in the Westside Happenings.
On its print side, the Pioneer now offers a 16-page newspaper every two
months, available at more than 50 locations, including King Soopers, Albertson's,
Safeway, the Old Colorado City Library, the Old Colorado City History Center
and the Westside Community Center.
Both print and online publications continue to be free of charge.
Founders Kenyon and Therese Jordan, long-time Colorado Springs residents and
Westsiders since 1986, continue as the Pioneer's owners. Their older son
Travers, who owns a computer-repair business
(Techno Guy Computers), built the Pioneer
website and is its webmaster. Their younger son Rioux is currently in college, but
provides as-needed help 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 manages the Pioneer's advertising, including sales and layout
design, handles the business' finances, oversees social media and shoots
occasional news/feature photos.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Pioneer's coverage area?
The Colorado Springs Westside is our coverage area. Although there is no
specific/formal definition of the Westside We define it as an area west of I-25,
Cheyenne/Broadmoor, east of Manitou Springs and south of Garden of the Gods
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 criteria.
What is the letter-writing criteria?
We request that letters be e-mailed to us at
email@example.com. For the best chance of publication, the 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 will not run letters that contain obscenity, personal
attacks or information known to be incorrect. Unsigned letters also
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 started printing again in May 2014. This evolved into our current
pattern of publishing every two
months - in January, March, May, August and November.
How can readers know when the Westside Pioneer has new articles
on its website?
Usually once 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. (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 Facebook
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
Capsules about the news and advertising buttons follow.
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
Transportation, Schools, Outdoors, Land, Politics and
Business each open a page
displaying recent articles (up to six months prior) in 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 with that, at the top of each category page are clickable
subcategories. For example, on the Schools category page, if you click on the
Coronado subcategory you will be moved down the page to clickable
articles about Coronado High School.
Note: If you browse the category pages, you can spot the newer articles because
they will be in bold-face type. If an article was posted over a month
prior, it can also be found in the Archives.
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
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 appear and are categorized by date and category. Keyword searches are also
possible, using the Find box. To access the Pioneer archives, click the
Archives button at the top of this page or here:
How can I take out an ad in the Westside Pioneer?
Call 471-6776 and ask for Therese, or e-mail her at email@example.com
. We accept camera-ready display ads, or she can create your ad, working with
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
How do I let you know if I encounter any problems with the website?
Please e-mail our webmaster, Travers Jordan, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 10/16/16)
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