By Gary Robson
Gary: Who are you guys, anyway?
Melissa: I'm Melissa Cross. I grew up in western Montana and moved to Red Lodge about 8 years ago from Missoula. I have family from Red Lodge, so I visited often as a kid. I use my degree in interpersonal communication (with focus in argumentation and rhetoric) at work, as a bartender at the Snag. I live in Red Lodge with my kitty, Earl.
Heather: I'm Heather Robson. I've lived in Red Lodge on and off since I was 14, and just moved back a couple years ago from Colorado. I live in a tiny house with my three cats, two dogs, boyfriend Steve, and my three-year-old son, Brodie.
Gary: So why the Local Rag?
Heather: I worked for the Local Rag for a couple of years as the ad sales person, and really enjoyed being tapped into the community and the occasional writing projects I got to do. I like investigating, keeping people informed, and getting paid to hang out at the bar and talk to people!
Melissa: I think it's really good for small communities to have a local paper that's aimed more at local interest than "news".
Gary: Do you have any big changes planned for the Rag? Heather: I've got some new contributors lined up, and we're really excited about bringing in some new content. We'll have a lot more focus on outdoor activities, local interest, and what's going on in the community.
Melissa: I think our main goal is to make the Rag more well-rounded and bring in some new readers.
Gary: What are your favorite things to do around town?
Melissa: I love camping, snowboarding, and just enjoying the people I see every day. With our locals, there's always some entertainment happening!
Heather: Other than getting paid to sit at the bar? I like pretty much anything that involves being outside, as long as it doesn't also involve standing on slippery bits of wood and careening down mountains. My favorite thing about Red Lodge is that I can drive for 10 minutes and be in the middle of nowhere.
Gary: What fun fact about you would our readers find entertaining?
Melissa: I LOVE baby cows! I even have a baby cow picture on my fridge. And the best part is at the end of the year, they turn into beef. Then you get to get a new baby cow.
Heather: My favorite thing to do is read outside. Any day I'm not at work, and the weather is warm enough, you can usually find me sitting on a big rock by a river somewhere with a book in my hand.
Gary: What's your favorite Red Lodge Ales beer?
Heather: Definitely the Chocolate Stout! But since it's only seasonal, I usually drink the Scottish Ale.
Melissa: PBR in a can! But if I'm at Sam's I'm drinking a Scottish Ale.
Gary: Tell us your best Red Lodge wildlife story.
Melissa: I had to miss 2 days of work when a momma and baby moose bedded down at the foot of my front stairs. There was no other way out of the house, and they weren't moving!
Heather: Having to sit in my car in front of my house while I waited for the black bear to get out of the way was a good time. He sat there nibbling on my dogwood trees and staring at me for a good 20 minutes before he took off.
Gary: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Heather: What do you mean? African or European swallow?
Gary: Huh? I don't know that. Ahhhhhh!
Melissa: How do you know so much about swallows?
Heather: Well, you have to know these things when you're a Local Rag editor, you know.
Congratulations Melissa! Have fun with your paper.
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