My co-worker Jerilee Bennett looks at the website of the Rocky Mountain News announcing their final edition. She just came back from an assignment. We both looked at the page in disbelief.
We knew this day was coming. We didn't know when. But we knew it was coming.
It still took my breath away when I saw the headline. Like the death of a good friend. I know a lot of people at the Rocky Mountain News. I've chewed a few mouthfuls of dirt with most of the staff photographers out on assignment from one end of this state to the other. And the country from time to time.
Air Force football games, CU games. Forest fires, Fort Carson memorials, breaking news. The list goes on and on. These people are my colleagues but they are also my friends.
I will miss the friendly competition. I will miss going out and having a few beers after a long day shooting the Denver Broncos on the road. I will miss picking up this newspaper and not being able to see those incredible photographs. I will miss the Rocky Mountain News.
This is sad, sad day for the state of Colorado.
Here's to you my friends and colleagues. Here's to you.