Opinion: Farewell to the Grand Junction Free Press
General Manager of the Grand Junction Free Press
This has been an interesting week, to say the least. Since the initial announcement that the Free Press would be closing, which we made on Friday, Oct. 9, until today it has been much like a roller coaster ride.
I am truly overwhelmed by the response received during the last six days with people sharing so many positive comments and memories about the Free Press. It is very obvious to all on the Free Press team that the Free Press has been a much-loved institution in the community since founded more than a decade ago by Ken Johnson and his partners.
I want to thank all of the current, and former, employees of the Free Press. The positive comments and good memories would be without the good work of so many during the newspaper’s tenure in the community.
I would like to specifically thank Brittany Markert and Nathan Watchman for their very good work to the end. Both have been valuable members of our team and I will greatly miss working with each of you. I would also like to extend a special thank you to Caitlin Row, former Free Press editor who transferred to the Tahoe Daily Tribune in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. She helped to implement many of the positive changes in the Free Press so many appreciated the last few years.
I would like to thank all of the members of the community who read, supported and welcomed us. The Free Press may be closing, but the good nature of this community is alive and strong.
As we look ahead to what the future might hold for the Grand Valley, I want to remind all of our readers that this is one of the greatest places on earth. I am lucky that I have been able to call this community home.
When I look back the last two years, I see that this has been a great stop along the way. This was my first operational management role and has been a great learning opportunity. My time at the Free Press has been very rewarding and has allowed me the opportunity to develop skills that will serve me well — everything from selling ads, to writing stories and developing content, to fielding calls about missed deliveries early on Friday mornings. I have had a great time in this role and I hope that so many of you have had a great time reading and consuming our content over the last decade.
So without further ado, I wish all of our readers a gracious farewell. You are the core of this community and the source of so many great stories over the years.
Ben Rogers is the General Manager of the Grand Junction Free Press.
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