Small communities means losses are felt harder

Living in a small community like the Platte Valley, every loss seems to be felt far more acutely than in more urban areas. Running a newspaper in a small community, one of the hardest parts of the job is receiving the obituaries.

It's even hard when it's someone who is not only close to your age, but who you knew.

I didn't know Jacob Fluty as well as his friends and family, but you can't grow up in a small town with someone and not have some knowledge of who they are. When I first heard about the avalanche which took his life, I was stunned.

Jacob was a freshman in high school when I was a...


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