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Lots of good news to report. We are pleased to introduce you to Noel Black and Terje Langeland, who will be filling out the editorial department as the newspaper's new arts & entertainment editor and news reporter, respectively.

Noel, a Colorado Springs native, recently returned from San Francisco where he wrote features for The San Francisco Bay Guardian and, for the past five years, has been the editor and publisher of several underground arts magazines and books for Angry Dog Press and Log Magazine. Here at the Independent, Noel will serve several functions, including overseeing and covering the local arts and entertainment scene as well as serving as the newspaper's ambassador to the arts community. (See his cover story this week on the Gallery of Contemporary Arts and its curator, Gerry Riggs, on page 11.)

Terje (pronounced Terry) comes to us from the Colorado Daily in Boulder, where he won numerous state and national awards for his investigative reporting on topics ranging from education to politics. (Part of his "job application" was the Independent's comprehensive Dec. 13 cover story detailing Colorado Springs' role as national headquarters for the country's Star Wars space program.)

Our immediate past editor and Independent co-founder Kathryn Eastburn will continue with the paper, serving as a contributing editor. She will write her weekly column, Domestic Bliss (page 34 of this issue), as well as write news, arts and dining features. She will spend her remaining free time -- if any is left -- focusing on writing projects associated with two fellowships she recently garnered.

We also want to offer a hearty welcome to Jeff Moore, our new classified manager, who has spent most of the past decade as classified manager at two of our sister alternative newsweeklies, the Dallas Observer and the Houston Press.

We are also excited to announce that we've added two new talented account executives in display sales, expanding this department to eight full-time professionals. Sheri Black comes to us after running her own travel agency as well as serving as ad director of ThinkService, a national print and electronic magazine that caters to the help desk support professional. We also welcome back Kathleen Hartman Shiverdecker, who returns to us after a two-year hiatus in dot.com land.

Finally, in its Jan. 7-14 issue, The Nation magazine published its annual Big Media issue detailing the continuing multinational corporate ownership of the major media in the United States. As always, the news is grim: Multinational conglomerates such as AOL Time Warner, Disney, General Electric, News Corporation, Viacom, Vivendi, Sony, Bertelsmann, AT&T and Liberty Media make up the media cartel that keeps the American public, as Nation reporter and New York University professor of media studies Mark Crispin Miller noted, "fully entertained and permanently half-informed."

The magazine also offered a list of 51 media outlets (out of 1,200 nominated) that people rely on for fresh, unadulterated information. We are honored that the Colorado Springs Independent was selected, nominated by our loyal reader Barbara Martin, who offered the following:

"The Colorado Springs Independent is a breath of fresh, irreverent Rocky Mountain air. It is regularly castigated for telling us what the daily Gazette will not -- about rapacious developers out to pave these priceless open spaces, about bigotry against gays and other minorities, the corruption of public officials, unequal opportunities in housing and education."

Thanks, Barbara, for your kind words.

  • Lots of good news to report.

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