Vail Mountaineer editor quits over publisher’s ‘journalistic standards’

The editor of the fledgling Vail Mountaineer resigned in a huff Monday, sending out a mass e-mail questioning the “journalistic standards, ethics and principles” of publisher Jim Pavelich, who also owns the Denver Daily News and several California papers.

“I hereby announce I have resigned as editor of the Vail Mountaineer newspaper, effective immediately,” wrote veteran journalist Stephen Lloyd Wood. “The owner of the Mountaineer and I reached a long-brewing impasse over the journalistic standards, ethics and principles of publishing a newspaper of integrity. I wish the Mountaineer’s continuing staff and contributors the best of luck.”

The Mountaineer launched in June, publishing five days a week as an alternative to the established Vail Daily, which Pavelich founded in 1981 but later sold for several million dollars. In advertising for employees for his new startup, Pavlelich made it clear he wanted employees with the right ski-town mentality.

“Tenacity and strong leadership skills are needed,” his ad post read. “It would also be convenient if you can appreciate living in one of the world’s finest resort communities. Some people don’t.”
No word on whether Wood was one of those people.

is an award-winning reporter who has covered energy, environmental and political issues for years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Denver Post. He's founder of Real Vail and Real Aspen.

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