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Representing The Boat About the Cover by: Travis Logan What’s the Middle East like? Well, when you first exit the base and step foot into this part of the world you’re pretty much in awe at how different things are. After spending the majority of my life in Steamboat the sight of a shinning Mosque sitting beside a blown-out building was an eye opener. Donkeys walk the same roads that Nissans speed down, women walk covered from head to toe in black robes, and of course there’s the ever constant presence of military equipment and personnel. Past and present collide and create a strange lifestyle. Wal-Marts and Costcos are nonexistent. Say goodbye to grocery stores and shopping centers, everything out here is sold in small shops and markets. Farmers sit roadside (or sometimes right on the road) with piles of local produce; venders make there way through the maze of alleyways hauling their products on old tractor-pulled wagons or even older donkey-pulled carts. Kids here work jobs that most US adults would find tiring; they pull large carts and drag jugs back and forth along torn up roads, they drive old motorcycles that have sidecars filled with milk or propane, and still they smile and wave to us and put their hands out in hopes of a bag of toy soldiers or a Cliff bar. Still, even kids are treated with an uncomfortable hesitation. Everyone is both your best friend and your worst enemy, the trick is not leaning too much towards one over the other. Most combat tours are very easily summed up in one line: Long periods of extreme boredom sprinkled with brief moments of butt-puckering excitement. For a whole week you’ll do nothing but read The Local over and over again, to the point where Dagny McKinley’s stories of Audrey Rose resonate through your head, then out of nowhere the quiet whistle of a mortar as it flies through the air and the inevitable BOOM that follows. “This one is close!” The next few moments see an increase in your heart rate, you run for cover, but in all honesty you know that if that thing lands somewhere within your personal AO (that‘s Army gab for “Area of Operation“) you’ll be down for the count. But it misses (misses you at least) and thus the excitement retreats and you move once again into excessive boredom. Fun here consists of whatever random things you can come up with that night. Maybe a marathon movie night with features ranging from Child‘s Play to Half Baked, Blackhawk Down to Twilight. (Yes we watch Twilight and yes we’re divided over the Wolves and the Vampires.) We play sports, we read, maybe a game night tonight, maybe a deep philosophical conversation that will undoubtedly
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end with the same conclusion as it always does, that we‘re stuck here no matter what. From time to time an overly smoky Hookah session might bring out the crazy in people. (Have you ever tried talking while you hold onto your tongue?) To be honest, fun is usually found in the form of complete randomness, whether it be a rock skipping contest along a dirt road, a water bottle war, or a rave created through the help of an iPod, some glow sticks, and a few cans of Root Beer. My daily tasks here are mixed, things have been eye opening and educational, good times and bad times, but still a grouping of experiences that I hope has in some way made me a stronger person. Before too long my time with the Army will be over, it feels like it’s been forever and yet it’s gone by faster than I expected. But soon enough I’ll be out of the shit and on to better dreams. And my dreams are simple, a beer in my hand, a snowboard, and three feet of fresh powder daring me to get first tracks. Or a beer in my hand, a bike, and 5 miles of downhill single-track daring me not to use my breaks. Either way I’ll be happy as long as the beer is in my hand and I’m in Steamboat. Until then, I’m doing my best to represent for the ‘Boat, just cruisin’ in the Humvee with the windows down, the Oakleys on, and the Colorado flag blowing in the wind. Love you, Steamboat. Travis
The Local â€˘ Vol 10 issue 02â€˘ january 14 - January 27, 2009
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The Local â€˘ Steamboat Springs A couple of winters ago I built a giant snow cave in front of the new courthouse and I lived in it for 5 days and nights as a protest against the District Attorneyâ€™s office. A Pilot reporter spoke with me briefly on the first day of my protest, but they never followed up or printed a story about my endeavors. This event convinced me that there must be some kind of conspiracy theory at work - some secret phone call from Kerry St. James to the Pilotâ€™s editor explaining that I was a criminal lunatic and it was for the greater good of society that the press ignore me, and that the Pilot had better obey Kerryâ€™s will if they knew what was best for them. After my protest was over I spent a good deal of time researching the role and responsibility of the press in a â€œfree societyâ€? and I ultimately became very interested in The Localâ€™s role as an independent voice for Steamboat Springs. With this background in mind, I find it especially rich that one of our writers has tenured her resignation over â€œcensorship issues.â€? It is an odd feeling to have become the big, mean, backroom-dealing, truth-suppressor who chooses selfish business and personal interests over the dissemination of the facts. Actually, I donâ€™t really see myself in exactly this light, but the situation does give me the opportunity to share some of what Iâ€™ve learned about the nature of a â€œfree press.â€? It turns out there is no such thing as a free press. There is also no such thing as â€œimpartial reporting.â€? Everyone has an angle, journalists included, and every paper has certain interests in what they report. Because of this, I believe that the key to honest reporting is to state what your angle is, make your case, and then let the readers interpret what they have read according to their own good sense. For example, I
can go to a City Council meeting and tell you my opinion about what happened, and you can just as easily disagree with me about the events that I have reported as you can agree. In todayâ€™s information age, it is actually less important for a reporter to try and provide balance and perspective because the Internet and the 20 minute cable news cycle and the constant barrage of input from every direction allows us to have a really diverse exposure to all the competing, conflicting and complimentary points of view that are out there. Despite what a lot of negative Nancyâ€™s go around saying, the average modern American is actually much more enlightened than any member of the masses has ever been. Now although connections do exist between a paperâ€™s self-interests and what they print, please do not confuse this with what is commonly referred to as a â€œconspiracy theory.â€? The United States is not yet George Orwellâ€™s 1984. Big Brother might be real, but there is no Ministry of Truth with the established goal of distorting the truth. The reality is, there is very rarely a defined set of shady rules about what gets reported and what doesnâ€™t. Being in the business, I now doubt that Kerry St. James ever had a conversation with the Pilotâ€™s editor about squashing the story about my snow cave protest. Rather, having learned what I have, it makes more sense to look at the situation by saying that no one wants to cause more trouble than itâ€™s worth. If a paper prints the truth and it causes a bunch of
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trouble in the community, and that then makes the paper look like the good guys for reporting it and it wins them cheers and adulation (and future advertising dollars), then they will print it, even if it makes some important people mad. But if printing the truth is going to do nothing but cause ill-will from the community and financial repercussions for the paper, the desire to print it suddenly becomes much less appealing. The key to being a well-informed consumer of information is not to decry this injustice, it is to recognize it and read everything with a suspicious eye and interpret it as a freethinking individual. Hereâ€™s a good example: in this issue we had slated to run a nice article about Rockinâ€™ J Cattle and the grass fed beef they produce. Instead of printing the actual article, Iâ€™ll summarize it with some commentary. Rockinâ€™ J Cattle is a ranch located in Northwest Colorado in the Little Snake River Valley that produces 100% grass fed/finished beef. It has been owned and operated by John Weibel since ...Continued on page 4
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The Local â€˘ Vol 10 issue 02 â€˘ january 14 - January 27, 2009 that might deprive The Local of income or status? On the obvious level, yes it is. In fact, 2002. Why did we decide to run such an article I lament the fact that our highest earthly allethis issue? Well I like beef and I called John this giance cannot be to the Truth. I lament the fact fall and asked him if he would like to trade some that we live in a world of limited resources and advertising for beef. He agreed and I bought a unlimited wants, and that we have to compete 1/2 cow and paid for part of with other selfish interests in it with some ads in The Local. order to obtain the necessities and For the past 3 months I have desires of life. On the other level, eaten like a king. I even gave once we recognize that this is away a whole bunch of beef how a free market works, we can for Christmas and everyone accurately derive good informain my family was happy about tion, even if it comes from biased it. Now Iâ€™m starting to run sources. out of beef and I want some Final thought: The Steamboat more so I figured if we printed Pilot and The Local are both free a nice article about Rockinâ€™ papers for readers. Each paper J, John would get a good recosts about 20 cents to print and sponse and heâ€™d want to trade this cost, as well as all others, is more beef for ads. Itâ€™s not like 100% paid for by advertising dolIâ€™m being dishonest though. lars from the business community The beef is incredibly deli(and even the government.) Who cious (the hamburger is hands do you think our self-interest is â€œWar is Peace down superior in all ways to more aligned with, our advertisers Ignorance is Strength anything you can buy at the or our readers? Now imagine a paSlavery is Freedomâ€? grocery store.) And itâ€™s a great per whose main source of income George Orwell 1984 deal too - a 1/2 cow ended is derived from paying readers that up costing us less than $5/lb, insist on hard-hitting, exposeincluding all cuts from hamburger to tenderloin. style reporting and an ultimate commitment So I believe in the story, and I figure a lot of peo- to informing the public of important news and ple might find it interesting to know that such information. Can you imagine how such a paper a delicious deal is sitting right here in our backmight operate differently? If you answered yes yard. So just because I have personal interest to this last question and you would like The Loinvolved, is it wrong to print this information? I cal to be that paper, please send your money to suggest it is not. It is simply the understandable PO Box 776272, Steamboat Springs Co, 80477. order of things in a free market economy. www. (FYI. You can also buy Rockin J beef at rockinjcattle.com 970-367-6184. Steamboatâ€™s best French restaurant, The EpicuLikewise, is it wrong to not print a story rean! see their specials on page 12)
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...Editorâ€™s Noes from page 3
Audrey Rose Resignation DagnyMcKinley The Local â€˘ Steamboat Springs Dear readers: Due to The Localâ€™s decision not to publish my most recent Audrey Rose article, I have decided to pull the column. I feel Audrey Rose has a unique voice that should be heard, which is why I will continue writing Audrey Rose on-line at www.SweetAudreyRose. com. Last weekâ€™s unpublished column is currently posted on-line for anyone who wishes to read it. This was not an easy decision for me as I consider Audrey Rose a person who I look up to and to me, she reflects the best parts of humankind.
Editorâ€™s Note: Last issue The Local elected not to print Audrey Rose because we felt it was unduly critical of Ski Corp and one of its employees. As a result of this act of obeisance, Ski Corp has rewarded us with 2 full page ads this issue! $$$ :) All hail the great and benevolent Ski Corp! (For a less flippant analysis of the phenomena of self-censorship designed to please corporate overlords, please read Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.)
Feel free to email me with any thoughts about the matter at me@sweetaudreyrose. com Dagny McKinley Author/Photographer
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