Creating a dialogue with our readers
As much as those of us in the newsroom would love to know what’s going on as it’s happening, we are limited. As individuals we, unfortunately, can only be in one place at once — and there are many places in Union and Wallowa counties where much is happening.
That was especially true this week as high water popped up in places around the region, blocking roadways and threatening some structures. So often we depend on our readers dispersed throughout the community to help us be eyes and ears, to bring us the tips we need to get important information out to the rest of our readers.
Perhaps you saw the photos we posted on our Facebook page this week. Many of those were captured because readers like you took the time to let us know what was happening. In the case of flooding, we certainly want those whose homes may be threatened to know.
But our tips sometimes lead us to more lighthearted situations and photos that our Facebook fans love nonetheless. Readers told us about wandering turkeys, who I still hear gobbling around town, a few weeks ago. Another reader informed us about a herd of elk along Highway 203 Thursday.
We love hearing from readers, and we do our best to follow up on their tips. They don’t always pan out or turn into stories, but I appreciate interacting with members of the community and the time they take to bring attention to the issues they care about.
I hope you will continue this dialogue — through your letters, through your calls, emails, Facebook comments. We hope our digital tools will enhance that interaction to bring you the news that’s important to you and our community.