No more boats, bears and trees … for now
Wow. It’s been quite a ride. After 2 1/2 awesome years at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, I’m moving on to other adventures.
I started here as a copy editor in winter of 2004, and soon began writing feature stories. One of my first stories recounted how author John Steinbeck lived in Tahoe while he was on leave from Stanford University. He served as a boyhood tutor to a man who still lives at Cascade Estates, and in the winter took care of cabins there.
I would not enjoy the lack of controversy for long. For a year, I read former environmental reporter Greg Crofton’s stories about BMPs, fire danger and the workings of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. In May 2005, I took over for Greg, who had earned the respect of many. They were big shoes to fill, and I went to work with all my heart.
I never thought a reporter could write so much about trees, boats, bears, coyotes, piers, BMPs and a small mountain airport.
Since taking over this challenging beat, I’ve worked intimately with many people who care passionately about this community. I tried my best to give them all a voice, so that you, the reader, would be better informed to make up your own mind about the issues. It has been a true honor to serve you.
Like all of the controversial institutions in Tahoe, your local newspaper is not an inanimate object; it is made of real people. They are passionate, hardworking, qualified and intelligent people who live in this community and care about its future.
The most vital role of the newspaper is to serve as a community forum where ideas are born and hashed out. Once in your hands, these ideas either die or live to fruition. Freedom of the press is the glory of a free-thinking and democratic society. I hope you continue to ignore the excuses of bureaucrats, politicians and others who blame the press rather than ‘fess up to their own mistakes.
I encourage all of you to keep up your participation. Go to your City Council meetings, and your TRPA Governing Board meetings. Contact the newspaper with your community events, accomplishments and concerns. And, please, address your concerns by casting a vote in each election.
Many have wondered what I’m up to. I will spend the next few months traveling, but Tahoe will remain my home. There is not one day I spend in this beautiful place that I don’t feel privileged to be able to live and play here. I’ll give my fingers a rest for a bit, but I hope to be back by the first snowfall and to continue my involvement in issues important to Tahoe.
– Amanda Fehd is former environment reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune.