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10/23/2013 10:00:00 AM
After a 27-year career, it's so long, but not goodbye
Heidi Dahms Foster
Heidi Dahms Foster
Heidi Dahms Foster
Editorial Manager

This week's Prescott Valley Tribune will be the last issue I edit for the community I've had the privilege to help build since 1989.

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 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 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. 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.

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. I'm looking forward to this new opportunity to advocate for the community I've watched grow into one we all can be proud of.

So, while I'm moving on, I'm not moving out. That makes this a good time to say, "so long," but not "goodbye."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Chamberlain

Dear Heidi,

You've let me into your newspaper world through our Folksville USA anti-litter efforts.

I can say that you have taught me a lot about your media world.

I have met many people that have known and worked with you and they sing your praises as do I.

Best wishes to you and I feel lucky to have met you.

Gary Chamberlain
Cornville AZ
Vietnam veteran

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