Welcome to the Chino Valley eNews site! We're glad you stopped by, and we hope that you bookmark this site for your internet excursions!
For years, it seemed as if the quad-city area deserved a better internet news experience. Our vision was a site that would take full advantage of technology, provide indepth coverage of the issues, bring more positive news than negative and allow the community to speak and contribute. Since we weren't a print publication, we didn't have to simply be a "newspaper online". We could take as much space as required, research thoroughly, link to other sources of information, provide documents in PDF format, and add audio and video where appropriate. We could put 200 photos in a photo gallery if need be. We could offer a place where ideas could be discussed and debated. We could allow members of the community to submit stories and articles. And most importantly, we wanted our news coverage to be 'hyper-local'. After all, we weren't trying to be a statewide publication, or a national publication. We just wanted to bring local news to local people.
So a little over two years ago, we decided to put it to the test, and took the plunge to start up Prescott eNews. The first question we had was simple - would anyone care about our ideas and concepts? And they did! By the end of 2007, we had about 85,000 page views after being in existence for six months. By the end of 2008, we had 1,000,000 page views. This year, we are on track to reaching over 3,000,000 page views in 2009.
By the way, it's vital to note that our success is all due to the support and enthusiasm of our readers - we simply cannot thank them enough. It's our opinion that our readers are the best of the best!
As Prescott eNews grew, we started to have requests from people who lived and worked in Chino Valley and Paulden, asking for a news site of their own. One that would cover their issues and allow the community a voice. A site that could offer fresh news more regularly than once a week. So, we thought about it, made plans and waited for the right timing - and, well, here we are!
Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm Lynne LaMaster, the Editor of Chino Valley eNews and also Prescott eNews. Other contributors also will play a part in Chino Valley eNews, including (but not limited to) Lauren Millette, Bill Monroe from KQNA, 1190 AM, Gary Edelbrock, and you!
About Being a Citizen Reporter
You see, here at the eNews headquarters, we know all too well that we can't be in all places or at all events, no matter how much we try. But our readers are everywhere! And they know about the ladies group that knits hats and scarves for soldiers, or the kid who donated all his allowance to a special cause, or the person who overcame challenges and triumphed. Our readers are involved in Rotary and Lions, and they can write about the activities and contributions made by those organizations. Our readers are businessmen, parents, teachers and coaches - and they have a pulse on the Chino Valley community. And that's where many of our stories and articles will come from. Because we love Citizen Reporters!
Obviously, submissions will be edited mostly for grammar, spelling and clarity. We try not to edit a great deal, because you wrote it, and we want it to sound like you. Content that is not 'family-friendly', contains profanity or could be considered as a personal attack on an individual will be edited or even rejected on very rare occasions.
Other Ways to Interact with the Site
On every story, you'll see a little blue icon that says "Bump It!" If you like the story, or feel it is significant or important, then just click on the "Bump It" button, and be counted! The stories that are bumped the most will appear in a list at the bottom of the category and section pages (but not the home page).
Additionally each story offers the opportunity to add your comments, suggestions or even further information. To ensure that coming to Chino Valley eNews is a positive experience for everyone, these comments are monitored, and may be edited or removed if they are not "family-friendly", contain profanity or are considered to be a personal attack. However, on the Prescott eNews site, we've found that comments rarely need editing or removal, so we hope that you'll add lots of comments to enrich the article.
And finally, we have a weekly poll on the home page. Be sure to cast your vote!
What You Can Expect
You can expect to find news coverage on everything from police reports to council meetings to community events and activities. If something special happens, we want to tell that story, whether it be about a person, organization or a business.
There will also be some shared news with Prescott eNews - if the content appears to be of interest to readers from both sites. Columnists will usually appear on both sites, as will our Daily Report that Bill Monroe from KQNA News (1190 AM) sends in. But, as the site grows, so will the content that is specific to Chino Valley and Paulden.