From the pages of
Sublette Examiner
Volume 6, Number 34 - November 16, 2006
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A wonderful 15 years
Editorial By Rhonda Swain
by Rhonda Swain

As hard as it is for me to believe, this is the last time that I will be involved in publication of the Sublette Examiner. After 15 years of newspapers and working on a three-day deadline, I am making a major career change. The decision to leave the Examiner was not an easy one for me.

But after stepping back and taking a look at the big picture, I decided that maybe it would be better for me and the paper if I moved on. Iím not leaving town, Iím just going to work as bookkeeper for Redstone Properties.

The paper will certainly continue to move forward and grow, and I wonít miss the stress that goes with being editor/general manager of a weekly newspaper.

What I will miss is the camaraderie of my co-workers, especially my cohorts who were instrumental in the creation of the Sublette Examiner: Cat Urbigkit, Sheri Nolan and Deanne Swain. It took four of us, and the expertise we had in our given areas, to bring the Examiner dream to fruition Ė we worked long and hard in those first months, but we also laughed, giggled and were pretty much on a we-created-a-newspaper high. The thrill Deanne and I experienced as we watched that first issue of the Examiner come off the presses at the Jackson Hole Guide is indescribable.

I will miss the interaction with the residents of Sublette County: the praise on a job well done and even, to a lesser degree, the criticism of a bungled job. Iíll miss coordinating the staff to see that events receive the coverage they deserve, even when I was the one covering them Ė itís a good feeling to know that youíre providing information residents need to be aware of.

The community is the reason the Examiner came into being in the first place. Without the support we received, both before and after that first edition, we could never have succeeded in our endeavor.

For that I would like to say thank you, Sublette County. Iíll miss the excitement and feeling of fulfillment that comes from being part of your lives, whether itís coverage of the Sublette County Fair or printing a news release about an upcoming event.

When I gave notice and told my publisher, Mike Jensen, that I never expected, when I started as a part-time typesetter at the Pinedale Roundup, that I would still being doing this15 years later, he said, ďNewspapers get in your blood.Ē

Yes, they do Ė mostly because of the people we are here to serve.

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