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Basalt athletics feeling shunned

Dear Editor:

I know Aspen High School is high on your priority list for athletics coverage, but unfortunately a local high school has gotten lost in the shuffle since The Valley Journal went out of print, the Post Independent doesn’t come past Catherine’s Store, and The Aspen Times apparently doesn’t come downvalley past Snowmass.

Like it or not, Basalt High School still exists and deserves as much press coverage as Aspen High School. I’m a Basalt alum who works in the Basalt community, and sincerely disappointed in the lack of attention Basalt High School student athletes have received in the recent months.

I haven’t seen a single article printed about Basalt High School’s dance team, which got second place at regionals in Grand Junction last month and also received an award for most innovative choreography, as well as a bid to the nationals competition. This same team, which you have completely failed to even recognize for their talent, got third at last week’s state competition, and where were you?! Did anyone cover this?! If it would’ve been Aspen High School’s dance team, I know you would’ve been there.

Or how about the fact that Aspen High School’s basketball team got a full one-and-a-half page article about “how great they are” and Basalt hasn’t even gotten a schedule printed? This year, for the first time in a long time, the team shows promise and hard work, which was evident in their game against Rifle last week. There was a printed article about this, but it was because it was a Post Independent staff writer was there covering the downvalley schools!

I understand with the current economic situation that the paper has had to make budget cuts and with that comes the shuffle of who-covers-which-school, but I feel it’s absolutely ridiculous that you can’t cover Basalt as much as you cover Aspen, or at least give them half of the same amount of press time.

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Looking forward to seeing you at future games! Go ‘Horns!

Shelby Williams

Rifle