A lot of the small farmers couldn't make a living, so they went on to other jobs in other areas. Quite a few passed away, and their children didn't take their place. The town just evolved over time because of it.

It's very difficult to measure.

We're glad to have someone of Tom's abilities rejoin our team. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the advertising needs of our customers and a deep understanding of the role of community newspapers.

I think some of the previous owners had talked about developing, but they never amounted to anything. They just kept it for their personal use. Who knows? The same could still happen this time. This could all just dry up and blow away.

You'd be surprised. When we're out there skiing people think we're 35-year-olds.