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High Plains Pundit is a reader-supported news organization. You can help support another year of local, independent journalism for a better community.

Why support High Plains Pundit? A few of the many reasons:

You value quality journalism

In a world full of news, you care about the real thing. You know that change happens one person – and one story – at a time.

You understand the importance of an informed community, and the role quality news plays in our ability to make wise decisions about our future. You're invested in this community — and so are we.

As a local business, our revenues go right back into reporting the news.

You back our mission

You realize the importance of a homegrown news organization, that's a mission-driven company dedicated to making our community a better place to live. With the challenges we face as a community, and the heated partisan rhetoric about which set of "facts" to believe, there's never been a more urgent need for independent, transparent and vigilant local reporting.

Journalism is an vital public service in a democracy. Investigative reporting uncovers injustice, exposes corruption and holds officials accountable. Community reporting celebrates the unique nature of the people, reflecting our sense of place through a knowing lens.

We aim to provide both: to point out the things we all love about our area, and point to possible solutions for what needs changing. We believe that just as an unexamined life is not worth living, an unexamined city is not worth living in.

You appreciate a healthy debate

You want your voice to be heard, and appreciate taking part of a vigorous civic conversation. Our news coverage, analysis columns and community commentaries are where cogent discussions happen. We want to see this area realize its full potential, and we can't do it alone. We need your thoughts — and a few of your dollars.

You've seen our impact

Our reporting often tells stories that otherwise wouldn't see the light of day. We peel away the narratives and get beyond the talking points to tell you and your neighbors what's really going on. We report undeniable facts, with solid sources — the sort of up-to-the-minute journalism that inspires action.

We don't report to tell you what to think, but instead to give you important things to think about.

As part of our mission, we've pledged to make our work widely available. We're not setting up a paywall, as we want everyone to be able to read our work. When you donate, you're not just supporting your own ability to read quality local journalism — you're making it available to your friends and family, your neighbors and the folks who live in other parts of the area.

It takes a lot of energy and scrappiness to uphold the high quality of our reporting. And it takes money. Maintaining our computers, website, cameras, replacing worn-out shoe leather and putting gas in vehicles for trips through the area adds to our costs.

To make things work, we rely on donations from readers like you. Thank you to all of our readers for your continued support.