Presses stop at Redstone Reporter after two-year run |

Presses stop at Redstone Reporter after two-year run

After its 24th edition, The Redstone Reader – the newsletter-style newspaper that has kept the Crystal River Valley informed about community events – is ending its run.

Sandy Kaplan, who was the publication’s editor, reporter, advertising seller, distributor and publisher, said she thinks the newspaper had run its course and was ready to fold. The monthly paper’s last edition was dated Jan. 20, 2003.

“This was a labor of love, but it was nothing I was going to retire on,” she said. “But that’s a good thing, because I enjoyed it. I’ve gotten a number of phone calls and letters from people who said they are sad.”

Kaplan, who has lived in Redstone for nine years, followed in the footsteps of John and LeeSanne Buchanan and their Redstone Reporter newspaper when she created the Reader. A couple of years had passed since the Reporter closed, and Kaplan said residents of the upper Crystal River Valley had nowhere to get local news.

“There was a hole, and everyone talked about it,” she said.

So Kaplan began attending meetings of the Redstone Community Association, the Crystal River Caucus and Crystal River Master Plan, and other local events, and when she couldn’t attend things she made a few calls for a brief write-up.

“It’s been a way for me to write every day,” said Kaplan, who is currently working on both a novel and a children’s book. “I loved doing it, and the ability to keep people abreast of what’s going on.”

Response to the newspaper wasn’t always positive – although it is sent free to all residences within the two postal zones between the edge of Carbondale and Marble (circulation: 710) some readers complained.

“A man called me from Marble, and he said, ‘I don’t want this.’ I told him ‘I send it out to two mail zones, and you can line your bird cage with it or wrap fish in it, I don’t care,'” Kaplan said. “There was a pause and he said, ‘If I decide I like it, I’ll send you a subscription.’ And he did.”

The Reader’s last edition included announcements for the Redstone Inn’s annual Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 15 and advertisements for in-home piano lessons and dog-sitting services. In a “From the Publisher” column, Kaplan writes that she was supporting the paper because she felt it was something the community wanted, but lately she isn’t so sure.

“It was time,” she said when asked why she stopped the newspaper’s run. “It had run its course.”

Although she doesn’t know how residents will get their news and hear local announcements without the newspaper, she said they might look at the bulletin board in the Redstone General Store.

“What is really lovely is that the Marble Times hopefully will pick up the slack,” she said.

The Marble Charter School started a newspaper with grant funding about a year ago, and Kaplan is hopeful they will expand their publication to reach out to the Crystal River Valley.

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