10/23/2013 9:07:00 AM Column: After 27 years, moving on, but not out
Heidi Dahms Foster
Heidi Dahms-Foster Former Editorial Manager
This week's Chino Valley Review will be the last issue I edit for the community I've had the privilege to serve for several years now.
I started with Prescott Newspapers, Inc. in 1985, part-time in the human resources department. I moved on to paste-up back when we used wax and craft knives rather than a computer to piece each page together.
I've seen many changes since then, and though I didn't touch my first computer until I was 29 years old, I'm now a full fledged technology lover! That, in fact, is now a requirement for anyone who wants to continue in the news business, as it is an industry changing at mach speed.
I moved on from paste-up to route supervisor back when we had youngsters delivering papers by bicycle. That was appropriate considering that as a youngster, I was the Arizona Republic's first delivery girl in the Prescott area!
I did a short stint in circulation accounting and accounts receivable, and finally, a position as a reporter for the Prescott Valley Tribune came open. Our now company Vice President, Blake DeWitt, took a chance on someone who was green as all get out but who had some photography and writing experience. I will forever be thankful for his decision, because the rest of the story is, well, a whole career.
I've had the privilege of editing, writing and photographing for the Tribune and the Chino Valley Review, along with helping to found the Big Bug News in the Mayer and Cordes lakes area.
I have been blessed to work with some incredibly talented people along the way. All have taught me.
And while I've been on the front lines through the years, there are many people at Prescott Newspapers who work just as hard behind the scenes to make sure we have quality products each week, and I appreciate the work they've done that has made me look good.
I've also had the joy of pointing some amazing fledgling writers and photographers in the right direction and watching them develop into people far more capable than me. One of them, Cheryl Hartz, will now edit PNI's weekly newspapers.
The people I have met and written about through the years have inspired me with their talents, personalities and passions. And, I've made some friends that I'll never forget - people who have become immeasurably dear to me.
While I didn't spend as many years working with the Chino Valley Review as I have for our other weekly newspapers, I've come to love and enjoy this community and its great people as well.
Chino Valley has been through some tough times, but it has tough people who know how to support each other, and who want the best for the area's future.
I see a community that loves and supports its children, that has a vibrant and involved Chamber of Commerce and business community, and a fire department that is the envy of many other districts. The town's volunteers are passionate and that includes those who serve on town boards, committees and the council. You all should be proud.
I've had the honor through our weekly newspapers to help set the tone of our communities. It's a huge responsibility, and one I took seriously.
Now I have the privilege to join the Town of Prescott Valley's great team, and I'm looking forward to a new opportunity to advocate for the community I've watched grow.
That will include cooperating with our neighbors, so I still will be in touch with many of you.
While I'm moving on, I'm not moving out. That makes this a good time to say, "so long," but not "goodbye."