A nonprofit Crestone Eagle

Crestone Eagle Community Media (CECM) was formed to purchase, sustain and strengthen the Crestone Eagle. Our mission is to produce trustworthy local news in rural Saguache County, to promote community engagement, enhance economic development and connect residents throughout this low-income, isolated region.

CECM, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will bolster this monthly newspaper’s well-established tradition of reporting on the area’s environmental and social concerns, the arts, and the spiritual centers that make this community so unique.

Under CECM’s guidance, The Eagle will serve an expanded geographic area and boost its online presence to keep readers updated on current affairs.  By holding public officials accountable, it will challenge readers toward a deeper understanding of complex issues and encourage public participation in addressing them. Our long-term goal is to evolve an innovative model for nonprofit community journalism.

Why we need nonprofit ownership

Like most newspapers in Colorado and around the country, the Eagle generates its revenue through advertising, subscriptions and single-copy sales.  Changing technology, however, has affected how people get their news, and the proliferation of social media has threatened the stability of local news outlets, including the Eagle.

Nonprofit news organizations, therefore, are being developed with a mission to serve communities’ information needs and benefit the public rather than generate private wealth. This kind of journalism is fundamental to a healthy, democratic society.

The Crestone Eagle, under CECM ownership, will diversify its revenue sources, providing the newspaper with access to individual and corporate donations, sustaining memberships and grants from multiple sources, particularly for its work to serve those whose voices have been ignored historically or misrepresented in the media.

 

Crestone Eagle Community Media Board

Peter Anderson covered mountain town beats for the The Mountain Mail, the Pueblo Chieftain and the Denver Post. After writing several regional histories and a dozen children’s books on natural history and the American West, he taught writing and literature at Salt Lake Community College, Earlham School of Religion, and Adams State University.

His most recent books include Heading Home: Field Notes (Conundrum Press, 2017), a collection of flash prose and prose poems exploring rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West which won the 2018 nonfiction award from the Colorado Authors League ; Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award; and First Church of the Higher Elevations(Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit. Peter lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where he helped launch the Crestone Poetry Festival, an annual gathering of southwestern poets. Visit his website at petehowardanderson.com.

 

Gussie Fauntleroy has worked as a writer, editor, and community-focused journalist for more than 30 years in New Mexico and Colorado. She is the author of three books on visual artists and editor on several others. A Crestone/Baca resident since 2009, she has a deep appreciation for the gifts of community and place, having been raised in a US Air Force family and living in multiple states, Canada, France, and Japan. In Crestone she also serves on the board of the nonprofit Informed Final Choices. She has been a contributing feature writer for the Eagle for 10+ years, combining her love of community with a passion for communication that is intelligent yet accessible, meaningful, and clear. gussiefauntleroy.com.

 

Rick Hart works as a Real Estate Broker in Crestone.  He enjoys helping people relocate to this beautiful mountain community, as well as managing all elements of his small business, including sales, marketing, and accounting.  Prior to moving here with his wife in 2016, Rick lived in Asia for over a decade.
 
During this time overseas, Rick first encountered the concept of a news desert.  Having had access to a multitude of North American dailies his entire life, he suddenly found himself with almost no English-language news.  He eventually discovered a few English-language dailies which, despite limited budgets, persevered in delivering news to an underserved population.

Rick loves this community.  By keeping us informed, The Crestone Eagle also keeps us resilient and close-knit, if not always in agreement. 

 

Marge Hoglin worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor on the Front Range, while earning a master’s degree in journalism at CU Boulder and raising two kids.  After 10 years in the magazine publishing business, she owned and operated a retreat center/bed and breakfast just south of Rocky Mountain National Park for 14 years.  She sold that business in 2007 and moved to Saguache, intending to get away from the crowds, get involved in a small community and “give back.”  As president of the Friends of the Saguache Public Library for three years, she organized and led the successful effort to form the Northern Saguache County Library District.   In 2012 she co-founded Saguache Works, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that established the 4th Street Food Store, Blue Earth Thrift, the BEBOP exercise studio and various other programs, and served as its volunteer executive director until “retiring” again and moving to Crestone in 2017.  Marge currently manages the Crestone Food Bank and very much enjoys being a part of this community.

 

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