Moving on, but tethered to Tahoe
All good things must come to an end. Sure, it’s a cliché, but I’m horrible at goodbyes. And I’m going to stick with it since deadline is approaching and my brain is rather numb from the realization that I’m actually writing my farewell column.
Yes, it’s true. I’m moving on. After six years covering crime, education and all sorts of other topics at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, I’m packing up and moving to the Bay Area where I will study law at night and, hopefully, work for some type of media during the day.
It’s a difficult transition. Since I was a lad I wanted to live at Lake Tahoe, a truly amazing spot in this crazy world.
Equally great are the people of South Shore. Being on the front lines, I’ve been able to grow some strong bonds with many, from law enforcement to teachers to war veterans and others. Everyone is unique. I have encountered no average Joes or Janes.
A sense of bewilderment overcomes me when I ponder the stories I’ve covered. I was still a fresh-faced reporter when I covered the Lisa Platz murder case in 2003. My head swirled when covering Measure L, a defeated parcel tax for schools. I gulped, and later dried my eyes, when faced with the devastation of the Angora fire and my task to report it.
Among my hopes, I will share several simple ones with you. I hope those with homes destroyed by the Angora fire will face a relatively easy rebuilding process. I hope South Shore schools remain vigilant at giving youths a quality education while battling the ill effects of declining enrollment. I hope the emotions of residents that often reveals itself in this town whenever there is controversy will eventually subside and be replaced by logical, resolution-pursuing thought.
I also hope I will leave with a reputation of a fair, honest, respectable journalist who provided this area with good, engaging stories. Perhaps one of the greatest compliments I received was from a man who said when he saw my byline (the name of the reporter above the story who wrote the piece) he would read the story just because I wrote it.
Although an opportunity to stay slipped out of my grasp like water through a fist, I do plan to return. I do not intend to be a full-fledged flatlander again, since I do consider this land as home.
I will track Tahoe’s goings-on. Maybe I’ll even write a letter-to-the-editor or two.
For those of you who wish to keep in touch, and I hope you do, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: William Ferchland’s last day is July 27. Ferchland’s six years with the Tribune have garnered him several first-place newswriting awards from the California and Nevada press associations. In 2006 he attended the American Press Institute In Washington, D.C., on a scholarship, and earlier this year attended the prestigious Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., also on a scholarship.