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Hoping the lights stay on in the new year

Paul Middlebrook, publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune

OK, so I got a Tahoe Daily Tribune caught in my snow blower two weeks ago, too … I feel your pain!

I do want to thank the community for the patience afforded to us during the storms. We always have to find a balance between getting the paper to you and ensuring the safety of our delivery staff. But you can’t please everybody all of the time.

I also want to thank the entire staff of the TDT, especially editorial and circulation for getting out the paper during the storms and power outages. It was kind of fun watching reporters with degrees in journalism in the year 2002 typing notes and a story on a battery generated laptop by candlelight, then taking the computer in a blizzard to Carson City to our presses. The dedication far exceeds the remuneration.

We have to be patient to get through storms like that as it affects all businesses in different ways. Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort was without power and the entire staff was working furiously to keep it all going for the skiers with generators going full blast and offering coupons to come back when the weather improved and the power was restored. Then they still got blasted by some for their efforts. We live in the mountains … just be thankful that we only live minutes away from the ski resorts!

Now that I got all of that out of the way … Happy New Year! I haven’t had a chance to write a column and say hello for several weeks. I have been doing budgets and year-end reports, and next year’s reports and a report on the reports … if they had told me this was going to be a real job, I would have reconsidered.

It has been a great first nine months as publisher. We have a great staff in place and we are all on the mission to make this a great community newspaper. I will soon be calling those who chose to be on our reader panel and we will start getting input from you, the reader. (I’ll be the one in the flack jacket and helmet).

I am looking forward to a good year in 2003. We have a strong City Council in place, Marriott is up and running and beautiful, we have snow thanks to El Nino (which I thought was the No. 2 combo at the Cantina), a group of civic leaders has formed the Tahoe Tomorrow committee to get more proactive about local business, and … we live in Tahoe. I do want to wish our City Council well during the coming months as they have a daunting task facing them. If we all help with solutions and get behind our leaders, we can get through the tough times … being part of the solution, not just part of the problem.

Have a good winter … talk to you soon. I have to end here as I am on deadline (I love newspaper talk) and my editor wants to read my columns before they print. One day I asked why, and she said it was because women were better communicators then men … to which I replied, “well, duh.” Once again I showed her who’s boss.

Paul Middlebrook is publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He may be reached via e-mail at pmiddlebrook@tahoedailytribune.com

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