I would like to say a few words about our local newspaper and its staff.
I am not a native of Carbon County, but I have lived and worked in Price for the past 13 years. I have had several jobs in which I regularly deal with large and small media organizations. The Sun Advocate, our community's newspaper, and its staff has always tried to accurately report the news and keep our residents up-to-date on the events which affect our lives. We have all seen firsthand how large news organizations tend to ignore local information unless it is the focus of a major tragedy.
As firefighters we respond to all types of emergencies in Carbon County and most of the time the syndicated news organizations don't deem our local events worthy of even a small article. As we respond to calls for service, the Sun Advocate reporters are always there taking pictures, jotting down notes or interviewing those who are affected by the emergency. Whenever I have public safety information which needs to be announced, they go out of their way to assist and present the information in an interesting format. They have demonstrated to me that they are much more than a newspaper; they are our neighbors and truly care about our community.
The Sun Advocate reporters see our local fire departments respond every day and recognize many of our equipment shortfalls. This past spring they contacted our county fire departments and informed us they wanted to help our volunteer firefighters purchase some needed equipment. They spent countless hours organizing a golf tournament and seeking local partners to help raise funds for our fire departments. The Sun Advocate along with those individuals and businesses which assisted gained nothing from the golf tournament and turned all the proceeds over to the local fire departments for equipment to better serve our citizens.
You simply don't see that type of community support from large Wasatch front news organizations.
In a world so full of bad news, the Sun Advocate always manages to print a story of encouragement, hope or good news. They help build our youth by printing articles about their scholastic and athletic achievements. They advertise events which are of interest to us locally. And lastly they help our economy by offering advertisements which promote our local businesses.
Our newspaper is too modest to shout their own accolades, but all of us are aware of what the Sun Advocate does for our community and it's time they receive recognition for their good work.
The Sun Advocate is a good neighbor and we owe them our gratitude.