From the general manager and editor |

From the general manager and editor

Samantha Johnston, General Manager
Lauren Glendenning, Editor
General Manager Samantha Johnston

We are sorry for the tragic disappearance of an adventurous young spirit who was a brother, son, friend and community member. The circumstances of Will Graham’s disappearance have deeply affected this community.

We are sorry that we, at The Aspen Times, added to a grieving family’s agony in our approach to reporting the circumstances surrounding Will’s suspected death. We both have brothers and cannot even begin to fathom the plight of this family.

In trying to answer the question of “why” with regard to how we reported this story, we sought to address the larger picture of a young person’s struggle with substance abuse and mental illness — a circumstance that occurs too frequently in this valley. We felt that the details in the story would shed some light on the difficulties Will was going through and what might have contributed to his disappearance in light of other apparent circumstances.

In retrospect, Will’s disappearance was so recent that the grief of the community outweighed the value it got out of knowing that information. It could have served the same purpose at a more appropriate time.

We all know that no one’s life should be boiled down in court records. There is much more to Will, and we want to tell that story from a perspective of everyone who knew and loved him.

Thank you to everyone in the community who has put a voice and a face behind comments, Facebook posts, phone calls or emails in your criticism of our coverage. Your passion for the Graham family and your desire to protect them from pain is exactly what we love most about this community.