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.
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
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
- Twitter address: @WestsidePioneer.
- Facebook address:
(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.)
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
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
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
have started printing a quarterly publication, with issues scheduled in February,
May, August and
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
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
email@example.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
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 Community
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.
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 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:
How can I take out an ad in the Westside Pioneer?
Call 471-6776 and ask for Therese, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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
email@example.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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