EDITORíS DESK: Half a year and gaining steam

       Toot, toot.
       Time to blow our own horn. This marks the 26th issue of the Westside Pioneer. Half a year. Yay! It's been a great ride so far, and for those of you who've climbed on board, all I can say is thank you for joining us, and hold on to your hats, because I think the best is yet to come.
       What's been fun for me has been discovering (partly rediscovering) what a "community newspaper" can be. I say rediscovering because back in 1988 - look out, here comes another horn blast - I helped start the monthly Westside paper that the old Pikes Peak Journal published in conjunction with the Organiza-tion of Westside Neighbors (OWN) for many years. That was when I first started getting to know longtime Westside leaders such as Dave Hughes, Mikki Kraushaar, Charlie Paterson, Velma Rogacki and others. I moved on in 1990, even getting out of journalism altogether for much of the decade.
        Then came the sad news - first that the Journal (probably the oldest family-owned paper in the region outside of the Gazette) had been sold to a newspaper chain, and then that the chain shut it down. That also meant the end of a regular Westside paper. OWN kept publishing a quarterly newsletter, but man, a lot can happen between quarters, and that's what we're trying to do here, to be a steady information source about the one "side" of this metropolis where people actually call themselves by that appelation - Westsiders.
       So, fellow Westsiders, happy Independence Day. Hope you like issue 26. Toot, toot.

- K.J.