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Staff Column: Parting sorrow doesn’t seem that sweet

Christine StanleySierra Sun

Its already that time. And whod have thought it would come so fast. Im moving on from the Sierra Sun, and my departure seems bittersweet. I really love it here snow storms, tourists and all. Working in Truckee has been an awakening experience. I never knew what true community was about until I set up shop in the little town on the hill. It was as if the Welcome Wagon had been stalking me from the get-go because the moment I arrived all sorts of arms and doors opened for me. First it was Wild Cherries love those latts. Then it was Truckees Finest hellooo firemen! Then it was Tahoe Womens Services, the Follies, the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation and the kids at Donner Creek Mobile Home Park. Everyone so eager to give and teach and to be a part of something bigger.Thats why I love journalism so much. Communication is how people connect. Its how funds were earned to support Kyler Smith, the shaggy-haired 19-year-old left paralyzed by a spinal injury. Its how 1,000 women came together to raise more than $1 million for the Queen of Hearts Womens Fund. Its how the Education Matters forums motivated hundreds of parents and educators to better the path of their childrens education. But information is only the half of it. Successful journalism journalism that impacts daily life also requires an interested and willing populace. And there you were. What a nice match weve made. When I first got into journalism (which was what, like, three years ago?), I was thinking big. National politics, international conflict the global community. But these are impersonal, intangible; too far away. Its tough to make that stuff hit home.Now I love the local nitty-gritty because the local nitty-gritty matters. Decisions at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District matter. Teachers in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District matter. Senior citizens without a kitchen and a place to eat matter a lot. Change is in the air for Truckee and North Tahoe, but then, I guess it always has been. I might not be here to help piece the puzzle together, but dont doubt Ill be watching. So keep those letters to the editor coming, and if something needs coverage, call the Sun. We want to help you stay informed. As for me, Ill just be down the hill. Theres a big white building in the middle of Sacramento oozing information and scandal. Im going to go figure it all out. I just hope theyll let me keep wearing my Birkenstocks to work. And thanks for your care and support.Christine Stanley is a former Sierra Sun reporter now covering Worker Compensation issues in Sacramento.