Last week the Colorado Department of Transportation confronted a problem that is usually more closely associated with newspapers — the dreaded typo. Here in the world of print journalism, one of our biggest fears is that a rogue spelling will escape our attention and wind up in a monster-size headline on the front page.
But not even a screaming tabloid on the East Coast could compete with the towering transposition that was erected on Interstate 70 at Lookout Mountian — er, Mountain. The sign at exit 256 on westbound I-70 was quickly covered after someone noticed the misspelling. Last week, a patch was installed to replace the wayward word.
CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman managed to keep a sense of humor about it all.
“Apparently someone missed the CDOT spelling bee,” Stegman said. “What can I say, we we made a mistake. It was silly and should have been caught. It has since been corrected.”
I feel her pain. At my first newspaper job, a couple of surly proofreaders kept watch on the staff with an unerring eye and a withering wit. But with the advent of computers, they were “retrained” to serve as security guards — and I haven’t seen a proofreader since.
Editors these days are mostly working without a safety net, and trust me when I say that does not lead to a secure feeling.
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Evergreen recently secured its own place in Outdoor Life magazine, which ranked our town 45th on a list of the top 200 places for hunters and fishermen.
The magazine managed to make the whole process fairly scientific, rating locales on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 is best) in six categories. Evergreen’s score: huntable species, 8; fishable species, 5; trophy potential, 6; year-round opportunities, 6.3; public-land access, 8; gun
“We’ve all visited those towns, the ones with the river running through them, the woodlands nudging the outskirts and the cafe that’s crowded at 5 a.m. with duck hunters and trout guides,” writer Andrew McKean says in the article.
We do have the river and the woodlands, but I’m still looking for that particular cafe.
Fort Collins landed at No. 14 on the list, with Rifle 17th, Durango 28th, Craig 41st, Grand Junction 44th and Gunnison 84th. Mountain (no typos here) Home, Ark., was first, with Sheridan and Cody, Wyo., coming in third and fourth.
To be in the running, towns needed at least 4,000 residents, and other factors were crime, housing costs and cultural opportunities within an easy drive.
I wonder if misspelled road signs cost the Evergreen area a few points.
Doug Bell is the editor of Evergreen Newspapers.