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Publisher bids adieu to R-C

by Matt Bodourian

As many of you may have heard, I will be leaving The Record-Courier and moving away from the Carson Valley at the beginning of October. The decision to make this move was difficult as I, like many others in the past 10 years, have discovered this hidden jewel in Nevada and the wonderful people who live here. In fact, the Carson Valley has everything for us except one thing that I’ve come to realize is very important to me – having family near by.

I didn’t realize how spoiled I was living only 20 minutes from my parents and 15 minutes from my sisters prior to moving here, and I’m not just talking about the free babysitting (although that’s definitely a big plus). Although I may not have admitted this 15 years ago for fear of not sounding “cool,” I truly enjoy my parents’ company. The ability to meet my dad for coffee and conversation on a whim is missed. Although we’re only a little more than three hours from them, I have found that it might as well be 30 as visiting them now needs to be planned weeks in advance.

So, when an offer was presented to become general manager of advertising for the nine Sacramento Bee Neighbors sections, it truly was too good to pass up, as it allows us to be closer to family and provides a wonderful opportunity for myself.

Fear not, though, as my leaving The Record-Courier will not impact the fine quality of the newspaper at all. As I’ve stated many times before, it is not me, but the work of the most talented staff of people I’ve ever worked with which produces a great community newspaper. This belief was validated again last weekend at the Nevada Press Association annual convention. The Record-Courier was presented the General Excellence Award for the third year in a row. It is the association’s highest award, signifying the best newspapers in Nevada, and it is an honor well-deserved.

If there is one last thought I would like to give, it is to urge you to become involved in saving the beautiful open spaces which is what gives our community the feel it has. My last session with Leadership Douglas County involved touring the ranches and dairies that are still operating here in the Valley, and I have a whole new respect for what they do – as it truly is a labor of love. Although many may not agree on the “how” to do it, we must all agree that the preservation of the open spaces is critical. When my family travels back to visit in the future, and we begin the descent from Kingsbury Grade or Highway 50, I hope that my sons will still be in awe of seeing “our Valley” and the beautiful landscape that adorns it.

Although there are far too many people to list here whom I would like to thank for the opportunity to have met and learned from, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my wonderful staff, the business and agricultural owners of the Valley, the county commissioners and manager (who I think are doing a fantastic job despite many pressures) and the family of Pier and Debbie Parisi, whose friendship with our entire family has been a treasure. And finally, I would like to thank everyone who has allowed The Record-Courier to have an impact on their life.

My family and I wish you all the best.