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10:36 PM Tue, Feb. 19th

New Miner editor foresees slow, steady improvements in paper

The Miner's new editor, Mark Borgard, sees changes coming to the Kingman Daily Miner, although they will be minor and appear gradually to the reader.

Borgard, 36, comes from Cheyenne, Wyo., where he worked the past five years as the night editor and was third in command of the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle's newsroom.

Prior to that, he worked as editor and consultant at the Mesa State College newspaper in Grand Junction, Colo.

Borgard earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications at Mesa State and he served as managing editor of a monthly business paper in Grand Junction.

Born in St.

Louis, Borgard moved to Grand Junction at the age of 10.

"I went to college late," he said, noting that he put his wife through college before attending himself.

Borgard has been married to Liz, a registered nurse, for 17 years.

The couple has two children, Matt, 16, and Heather, 10.

Borgard enjoys spending time with his family, including two cats and a dog, and listening to music.

Borgard said he has a wide range of musical tastes but especially likes The Beatles.

His parents retired to Yuma recently from New Castle, Colo.

His two brothers still live in the Centennial State.

"My vision is for the Miner to become an advocate for the reader," he said.

"I'm real focused on putting together a fun and informative newspaper that's clean, without a lot of typos."

Borgard wants a newspaper that is easy to read and a staff that pursues stories aggressively.

"I read a lot.

I believe I know what a good newspaper should be.

I really want to see the Miner become that.

"I want to get across to readers that it's their newspaper.

I'm open for ideas."

Borgard can be reached by calling 753-6397, Ext.