German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht is credited with writing, "Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are."
The thought certainly pertains to the newspaper industry nowadays, and the Sky-Hi News is hardly immune. So it is that readers will notice a few changes coming to our Granby office.
Longtime Sky-Hi ace reporter Tonya Bina's byline will be scarce in these pages for the next 90 or so days as she revels in the joys of new motherhood (still pending as of Tuesday afternoon, July 10). Tonya is planning to return to her full-time duties in October after her maternity leave.
Take my word for it: She will be sorely missed in the meantime.
Her likely temporary replacement will be Jessica Smith, who comes highly recommended from elsewhere in our company and is looking forward to familiarizing herself with life in the Colorado High Country. As of this writing, she is preparing to return stateside from Shanghai, China, where she has been working as a freelance writer.
Talk about culture shock.
Jessica is scheduled to begin her Grand County adventure on July 23. She will be covering Grand Lake, Grand County, Granby, features and the various stories that inevitably flow into our newsroom "over the transom."
Here's hoping you'll all make her feel welcome.
Another big change: Kristen Lodge will be ending her tenure at Sky-Hi News this week. A reporter since last October and an outdoor columnist for three years, Lodge will be re-joining her former career path in search engine marketing for a firm in Tucson, Ariz.
Talk about climate shock. According to Accuweather.com, the high temperature in Tucson on Tuesday was 105 degrees. We wish Kristen the best of luck but think she should have her head examined, or at the very least she should invest in the best sun-shedding headgear money can buy.
Kristen's replacement is Reid Tulley, a recent communications graduate from Fort Lewis College in Durango. A dedicated outdoor enthusiast, Tulley will be covering Fraser, Winter Park, the Fraser Rec District, skiing/boarding and other things outside, as well as the aforementioned "over the transom" items.
Asked for a quote to share here, he said, "The dude abides." "The Big Lebowski" reference was momentarily lost on me, philistine that I am, until he brought me back to my senses and I remembered he worked as a lifty for four years at Durango Mountain Resort to help put himself through college.
In addition to riding a Never Summer Raptor - "the Cadillac of Big Mountain boards," he assures us - Tulley brings bundles of enthusiasm and a thoroughly refreshing attitude to his work. You can say hello to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office, 887-3334.
Drew can be reached at email@example.com or 887-3334, ext. 19600