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New publisher for Sierra Sun

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Eric Henry, publisher of the Sierra Sun and Tahoe World, has announced plans to leave the newspapers Oct. 31.

Mary Jurkonis has been named publisher of Tahoe World, Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

Jurkonis has most recently served as marketing director for Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers and advertising director for the Nevada Appeal in Carson City.

Henry, who married Truckee veterinarian Rebecca Kirkland in July, said the pair has applied to the Peace Corps and hopes to be accepted sometime in the spring. In the meantime, they will travel the country in a semi-reliable Volkswagen bus.

“We’ll both miss these communities and life in the mountains, but we also wanted to make time to see other parts of the world and to challenge ourselves in different ways,” Henry said.

Henry came to the Tahoe World as editor in 1994. Since then, he has guided the World to numerous state and national journalistic awards. He was named general manager of the Tahoe World in 1998 and became publisher of the World and Sun last year.

“I’ve heard it said the key to being a successful leader is to find a talented, energetic group of people who know where they’re going and to just run around in front of them,” Henry said.

“Working with such fantastic people at these newspapers and in these communities have made the past seven years the best of my life.”

Jurkonis was the major account and entertainment sales manager for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner for four years before coming to Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers. She has also worked in advertising management at the Fresno Bee, West County Times in Richmond, and the Hayward Daily Review in Hayward.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, to get involved in the community and help maintain the quality of our newspapers here,” Jurkonis said.

Henry will stay on at the World and Sun through October to assist with the Sierra Sun’s move to its new Donner Lake Plaza office in west Truckee, which is set to happen by Nov. 1.


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