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Cougar Tracks

Cougar Tracks

Cougar Tracks



The Cougar Tracks newspaper was established with the founding of Canyon High School in 1960. For over 62 years, the Cougar Tracks has followed a tradition of excellence and integrity in reporting and continues to do so as an online publication.

The Cougar Tracks is published by the Journalism Department of Canyon High School as a student forum. All students and faculty are encouraged to submit story ideas to the advisor, Courtney Lara.


Advisor: Courtney Lara | Email: [email protected] | Phone: (830) 221-2400



  • Questions or complaints concerning material published in the media should be made in writing to the advisor.
  • Complaints and suggestions may be emailed to [email protected] or dropped off in room C110.


  • Letters to the editor will be printed in the opinion section on the website.
  • Letters to the editor may be submitted to the adviser’s mailbox, room C110, or emailed at this address: [email protected]
  • Letters to the editor should not exceed 300 words, must be signed, and must include the writer’s address and phone number for verification.
  • Letters to the editor will be verified to determine the authenticity of the writer.
  • No material will be printed where content is obscene, invasive of another’s privacy, encouraging physical disruption of school activities, and/or implies libel.
  • The Cougar Tracks staff reserves the right to withhold a letter or column or other submission and/or return it for revision if it contains unprotected speech or grammatical errors that could hamper its meaning. Deadlines for letters and columns will be determined by each year’s student staff, allowing sufficient time for verification of authorship prior to publication.
  • The Cougar Tracks will only publish one letter, per author, per issue.
  • All letters to the editor become the property of the school newspaper upon receipt and will not be returned to the author.
  • Online comments will require a name and email address submitted that are verifiable.
  • Alerts will be sent to staff editors each time a comment is posted to the site.
  • Online comments that are found in violation of the editorial policy will be removed as quickly as possible.
  • Personal attacks are not allowed.


  • All bylined writers will be held accountable for their work.


  • Concerns about errors in the school media may be submitted through the advisor, Courtney Lara, at [email protected].
  • The Cougar Tracks staff retains the right to determine whether, in fact, an error has been made.
  • Known and or found errors that are brought to the attention of the school media will be addressed regardless if realized by the author, audience, or staff member.
  • Staff members will strive to correct errors prior to publication; however, if the editorial board determines a significant error is printed, the editorial board will determine the manner and timeliness of a correction.
  • Major corrections are determined by the adviser.
  • If changes are made to a web story once a story has been posted, the change will be noted along with the date and time the change was made.