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Westside Pioneer's 'special print edition' coming out May 1

       The Westside Pioneer will publish a “special print edition” May 1.
       It will mark the first time since Dec. 19 that the family-owned Pioneer - which had published weekly for 10 years before going online in January - has been back in print.

ABOVE: The first issue of the weekly Westside Pioneer, Jan. 5, 2004. BELOW: The last weekly issue, Dec. 19, 2013.
Westside Pioneer files
       Planned for 16 pages, the paper will look much the same as it did before, with news and photos about the Colorado Springs Westside (defined as west of I-25, north of Cheyenne/Broadmoor, east of Manitou Springs and south of Garden of the Gods Road).
       There will also be information about Westside summer events and activities that could prove useful to tourists as well as long-time residents.
       A total of 18,000 papers will be printed. Copies will be available at many of the Pioneer's old Westside outlets, including both King Soopers stores and Safeway. Currently, a number of these outlets are being used for flyers announcing the coming issue.
       As always, there will be no charge to readers. The printing is being made possible by ads from numerous local businesses. Readers are strongly urged
to look over those ads. We can't guarantee you will like what they offer, but we (the Pioneer's publishers) can say we've met each of those businesses' owners or managers personally, and many of them have supported us for years. In any case, if you do check any of them out, be sure to tell them you saw their ad in the Westside Pioneer!
       We don't know at this time if the Pioneer will print again after May 1, or if this will be the first of occasional papers. That depends on how the May 1 issue goes. A big reason for our printing now is to respond to a number of past readers who have told us that they miss us but prefer not to go online. As a result, some of the articles May 1 will be ones that have also appeared online and will serve as a kind of Westside news “round-up.” By the same token, some of the new articles in print will find their way to our online site.
       One question we get asked is if we will go back to being a weekly. Sadly, that is not possible, for economic and health reasons, as discussed in the announcement of the change in our Nov. 14 edition last year.
       In any case, we do hope you'll enjoy what hits the streets May 1. We're doing our best to make it worth your time.

Westside Pioneer publishers Kenyon and Therese Jordan
(Posted 4/27/14; Business: Changes)

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