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Summer in a city like Flagstaff is a chance for the hometown newspaper to get out – literally. There aren’t many daily newspapers in Arizona covering Little League tournaments game by game and all six races in the summer running series. We’ve featured a weekly Ask a Ranger column and published trip reports from as far away as Kilimanjaro and as close as Kendrick Peak.

The idea is that when you pick up the Daily Sun, you ought to get a sense of place – and not just from the peaks in the nameplate. We celebrate our close connections to the great outdoors, and we’re still looking forward to the fall color season – even before the county fair has begun.

One way to keep up with the outdoor coverage – and other features in the Daily Sun – is by the getting the daily email summary of top headlines. It’s part of your Full Access subscription – just go to the home page and click on the red button to sign up. It’s become so popular we are thinking of putting out a 3 p.m. edition, too.

Speaking of the Daily Sun’s website, you might have noticed more photos – in the revolving carousel, in Top Stories and more photo galleries, too. Graphics elements will never supplant text, but on a backlit screen, they pop out and add immeasurably to the reading experience. Look for even more in September as we solicit more reader photos, too.

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Reader engagement will also be a theme on the Opinion page as we look to expand locally written columns around issues that are sure to dominate the local news this fall, including: fall vs. spring election cycles, living wages and the gig economy, school funding, water rates and student housing. Watch for a shoutout for columns, and don’t forget that seats are still available on the Editorial Advisory Board. It meets Wednesdays at noon to consider editorial opinions – just send me an email saying why you are interested and a little bit about your political views for the sake of balance on the panel.

And last – literally – is this Monday’s final coffee klatch of the summer with readers. We meet at 7:30 a.m. in the boardroom, and if you have something to get off your chest about the Daily Sun, this is your last chance – at least until next summer. You bring your own coffee, the doughnuts are on me.

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Randy Wilson is editor of the Arizona Daily Sun. You can reach him at rwilson@azdailysun.com or (928) 556-2254.

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