Some of the best years of my life were at this paper
Last updated 12/28/2022 at 12:05pm | View PDF
It is with great sorrow that I write this tribute to the Fountain Valley News. It breaks my heart that the paper is ceasing publication after being published every Wednesday for 64 years.
This will definitely be a big, big loss for the Fountain Valley. Sure, some news can be found online, but there's nothing better than going out to your porch on a Wednesday, picking up the local paper, taking off the rubber band and holding that local newspaper in your hand, reading all the local news, obits, etc. and checking out ads from local merchants. That will soon be disappearing, much to the dismay of readers and subscribers. But some things are out of their control.
I spent half my life working at the newspaper. They were some of the best years of my life. I retired in March 2020 after 30-plus years at the paper.
My original desk was in the basement of the newspaper office. Over the years, I moved upstairs and then into my own office. I was a stranger when I started at the paper, but after a while I felt like I was part of a family. We weren't employees, we were "a newspaper family."
I have many fond memories from my years at the newspaper. One of my favorites included covering the local high school sports scene and getting to meet players, coaches and parents. When I took over covering the local high schools' sports teams, they didn't get a lot of coverage in the Colorado Springs media so I enjoyed running pictures of our local players and teams and their weekly results in the newspaper.
I will forever treasure the many friendships I made over the years by working at the newspaper. After a while, my contacts became good friends and are still friends to this day.
In summation, the loss of the newspaper will definitely be felt throughout the community. Even after I left the paper, I read it every week to stay informed.
I will always treasure my time at the newspaper. I wish the best of luck to Karen and Patty in their future endeavors. Thanks for putting up with me all those years.