December 11, 2016

Live Birds of Prey at Conservation District meeting

Lauren Begley
Kole Wilson, 3, and his sister Kailyn, 6, of Bay City have fun looking at a screech owl during the Live Birds of Prey demonstration.
Lauren Begley
Joe Rogers of the Wildlife Recovery Association holds a Great Horned Owl that was crushed as a baby 26 years ago when the tree its nest was in was chopped down.
Lauren Begley
Delia Rolfe, 2, of Standish, and her grandmother, Diana Hagley, get an up close and personal look at a Saw-whet owl, handled by Joanna Rogers.
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Joe Rogers of the Wildlife Recovery Association presented his Live Birds of Prey demonstration to those in attendance of the 53rd Annual Arenac Conservation District Meeting.

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Certainly would like to see more articles like this about what is happening in Arenac County and less editorials about the lives of the writers for the Arenac County Independent. Thanks

Thursday, February 18, 2010 | Report this

Well Conann,

Why don't you read one of the other news sources that serves Arenac County... Oh wait, there isn't any!

Plus, One column a week from a reporter, compared to the 7 to 10 stories they put out a week is a pretty darn good ratio. It's comparable to many other newspapers across the country.

Columns allow reporters to build a relationship with people in the community on a personal level, which is vital to successful news gathering endeavors. But than again, its easy to forget about personal connections when your trolling the internet insulting people who provide a much needed service.

Friday, February 19, 2010 | Report this

If the reporter has time to write a column about themselves, then they have time to write stories about the county. I pay for my subscription to the Arenac so I can read a weekly paper with news articles. The personal lives of your reporters are of no interest to me nor are 3 editorials of your opinions. You write the news as it happens and I will make my own decisions. I believe that is what a newspaper is all about.

Friday, February 19, 2010 | Report this

There was one editorial in the paper this week, versus how many news and sport stories? Doesn't every newspaper have an opinion page? I, personally, really like the editorials and features that the reporters write about themselves. That's what is nice about our community newspaper, we get to know the people who work there. Welcome to the community Lauren, I hope to keep reading about your adusting to the area. Keep up the good work.

Friday, February 19, 2010 | Report this

conann, sorry that you feel that way. However, that is your opinion. You feel that you're entitled to your opinion, correct? I do too. You know where that would be placed if you were working at a newspaper (whether it be the Arenac County Independent, Bay City Times, Detroit Free Press, New York Times, etc.)? The Opinion page -- exactly where columns are printed of the reporter's thoughts you are complaining about. So, if the reporters are not entitled to do their job to fill the Opinion page, which is part of the job description, would it be fair to say that you are not entitled to your opinion as well?

I don't think that'd be fair at all.

So, if you don't want to read the Opinion page, allow your eyes to skip over it, and continue reading the other articles in the paper... and feel free to pass along story ideas to the new reporter.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Report this

I have been giving my opinion but I do want people to pay me to put it in the newspaper--but then maybe I should. Maybe there shouldn't be a "reporter" opinion page as you describe it. Just good stories about what is happening in the county. For example, the Soil Conservation Dinner--it was not about owls and children. The two reporters at this dinner taking many, many pictures and interviewing many, many people came up with 3 pictures on the internet and one sentence! That dinner was about farmers getting awards for conserving the land, the programs being offered through that office, a child designing a poster which was in a state contest and an election of soil conservation board members. Apparently, the reporters did not think that was worth giving an "opinion" about. Maybe this is what is wrong with the Arenac you seem to feel I should tell her how to do her job. Not everything (forget opinions) just story ideas so she won't have to find them for herself. Much easier to sit in the office and write opinion pages!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Report this

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