I am writing this column as publisher of the Torrington Telegram for the last time, as I will be leaving Wyoming Newspapers Inc., the city of Torrington and Goshen County at the end of the week as I start my new duties of the Laramie Boomerang.
It is with many emotions I write this column, trying to recap 15 wonderful years in just a handful of words.
I must admit, when I moved to Wyoming in March of 1999, I never envisioned calling this place home for 15 years. I assumed Torrington would simply be a stepping-stone as I continued to advance my career, and the next adventure would just be a few years away. Little did I know how attached my family and I would become to Goshen County and, more importantly, all the great people who reside here.
As the next chapter in my life begins next week, it is the friends we have made who make this move so difficult. I am extremely excited about the opportunity that has been given to me in Laramie, and, on the surface, the move should be an easy decision. However, Torrington truly has become home for us, and it is difficult to move away from home.
In addition to the many friends we have made, there are many great co-workers who we will be leaving behind, as well.
As I look through the archived copies of the Telegram from when I first started, it amazes me how much progress and improvement has been made with the paper. The look and the appearance are the first things that jump out at you, from the quality of the color on the pages to the design and overall layout of the pages and the advertisements. The writing and overall content has improved, as well.
When you look at the steady progress made week by week, month by month and even year by year, the change isn’t all that apparent, but when you compare today with 15 years ago, the difference is dramatic.
I can’t take the credit for this improvement; rather, it has been the hard work of everyone at the Telegram through the years. I am leaving behind an extremely talented staff, all of whom I will miss dearly.
Do we make mistakes? Sure, everyone does. I can assure you these mistakes are not from a lack of effort or talent. The workload each of these individuals puts out day after day is tremendous, and errors will, from time to time, just creep in.
While the paper itself has changed over the years, there are still many things that have not changed.
Glancing through the pages of those first issues, there was a lot of hope and enthusiasm about the prospect of bringing a YMCA to Goshen County. Some of the enthusiasm for a “Y” may have diminished, but many still hold out hope such a facility will eventually become a reality. I only regret I won’t be here to enjoy it when the time does come.
Mike Varney was the mayor of the town of Torrington back then, and he was excited about its future. Today, he is the mayor of the city of Torrington and is still excited about its future. I would consider that something that is the same, although others may consider that a change.
The people in the community haven’t changed either. You can still walk down Main Street and be greeted by most everyone you walk by, whether you are a good friend, a familiar face or a total stranger.
So, as this column comes to a close, let me not end it with a “goodbye” but rather with “see you down the road,” as I am sure many of our paths will continue to cross, hopefully at numerous UW games.
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