The view may fade, but not the memories |

The view may fade, but not the memories

As most of you know by now, my family and I are moving to Ellensburg, Wash., where I’ve accepted a job as publisher of the daily newspaper.

Although we’re excited about the new opportunities and challenges, it will be strange to see Lake Tahoe and Truckee fade away in our rear view mirror.

There’s no doubt that this place and the people have had a large impact on our lives.

This is where our two children, Allison and Kellie, were born. And this is where they’ve grown up, from playing on Commons Beach as toddlers to swinging at their first softball pitch at Pomin Park.

This is where my wife, Jeri, always looked forward to her monthly get togethers with her best friends, or even to the casual conversations held in the grocery store.

I will remember the good times fishing with my buddies, playing racquetball and enjoying the sharp wit and camaraderie of a Kiwanis lunch.

Both Jeri and I will have lasting memories of the times we spent with friends on Christmas Eve, the evening boat rides, or the time we all met at Fort Ross and ate abalone around a campfire.

I will never forget all the bright and energetic people whom I’ve worked with at the Tahoe World, Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

Their dedication and passion for this business is unsurpassed, and their kindness, sense of humor and wit is unmeasureable.

I want to thank each and every one of my co-workers, and especially those who have been here almost as long or even longer than myself. They include Shirley Riggs, Susan Kokenge, Brian Arington and Tanya Branson. I’d like to thank both Shirley and Pat Greenlaw for their leadership in the front office. I want to thank both Jeff Ackerman and Nick Baptista, past publisher and present publisher, respectively, of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, for all their help and cooperation at our sister newspaper.

And, first and foremost, I would like to thank Peter Kostes, publisher of the Sierra Sun, and Eric Henry, general manager of the Tahoe World.

These are two of the most dedicated and competent journalists I’ve ever had the privilege and honor to work alongside. I’ve always marveled at their talent, appreciated their work ethic and valued their friendship. The communities of North Tahoe and Truckee should feel blessed that two of the finest newspapermen in the country are running their local papers.

I guess in the end, it’s not the awards or accomplishments that one remembers from living in a community or working at a paper, it’s the people.

My family and I would like to thank this community, and all of our friends and associates for being so kind to us while we lived here, and so gracious as we leave.

Lake Tahoe and Truckee will always have a special place in our hearts.

Bill Kunerth is the outgoing Sierra Sun senior publisher.

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