Following is a note to be placed in the High Plains Public Radio time capsule as part of its 30th anniversary celebration. The time capsule is to be opened during HPPR's 50th anniversary in 2030.
Greetings, good people of Garden City.
In the 20 years that have passed since this writing, the community no doubt has changed — and hopefully for the better in realizing the potential many of us envisioned in 2010.
It wasn't easy two decade ago. The region and nation still were feeling the pain of a serious recession. Local businesses struggled, but most weathered the economic storm and positioned themselves for future growth.
On the education front, Garden City's new high school was under construction. That fine addition and other facilities changes were pursued to improve the educational experience for a growing student population.
And if one of the more significant projects of our time went as planned, the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. plant at Holcomb now produces far more energy than it did in 2010.
Advocates of a busier, more vibrant downtown Garden City were making strides with revitalization efforts. Ideally, the historic downtown district now has more eateries and entertainment venues — with a renovated Windsor Hotel and State Theater key in that progress.
Efforts to grow Garden City weren't limited to downtown. Admittedly, our community was at a crossroads in countywide economic development. If progressive thinkers succeeded in securing more funding for growth, you now enjoy the fruits of economic development labors designed to make Finney County a better place to live and work.
And speaking of a crossroads, the media in Garden City and the region found themselves among those nationwide looking to evolve amid a myriad of challenges.
The Internet changed the way we did business and helped us — The Garden City Telegram, as well as local radio and television stations — reach bigger audiences.
People didn't want to wait for details on commission meetings or high school sports. They started receiving instant information in new ways, particularly cell phones. The Telegram, once a print-only news organization, also was doing more online with video, podcasts and forums in 2010.
While we know responsible news gathering needed to have an informed, knowledgeable citizenry never goes out of style, we can only imagine how the journalistic efforts that began for The Telegram in 1906 look in 2030.
High Plains Public Radio also planned a bright future in 2010, even as funding woes threatened its ability to deliver a variety of quality programming.
While too many broadcast media outlets embraced an anything-goes approach laden with oversimplification and misinformation, public radio endured because it never abandoned its high standards and continued to deliver solid public-service journalism.
We had every reason to believe HPPR and other public radio stations still would be going strong in 2030.
One last note on the state of affairs in 2010: Immigration reform was a painful, divisive issue here and beyond. Our hope is cooler heads prevailed in fixing the nation's broken immigration system. If so, this community should be even stronger in welcoming the contributions of all who come here for a better life.
Moving forward, it's important to be open-minded and forward-looking. Those traits helped Garden City grow and prosper, and would serve its residents well in any decade.
Good luck, and God bless.
E-mail Editor-publisher Dena Sattler at denas@ gctelegram.com.