Monday, Aug. 8, marked my first day of service as the news and sports reporter for the Estacada News. Being that this week's paper is the first edition I've been involved in, I wanted to tell you all a little bit about myself and who I am.

I was born in a suburb of Los Angeles, where I spent the first 17 years of my life before attending the University of Oregon, from where I graduated last spring. After graduation, I spent nine months as a sports reporter for both the Gresham Outlook and the Sandy Post.

Fortunately for me, the transition to Estacada should be an easy one because I hear this place is a sports town. What draws me to journalism, both in sports and in news, is that every day is different. Events may involve the same schools and even the same people, but the story and the outcome always seem to be unique.

In the short time I have spent in Estacada preparing for this week's edition, I've learned that Estacada is no different. All of you have stories that make you and your community unique. It's those stories that I look forward to hearing about.

This job for me is not a short-term fix, but one I hope to spend some serious time at in hopes that I can truly become a part of the amazing community that has been built here.

Beginning next week, I'll spend three days a week rooted in the office, located at 307 S.W. Highway 224, so I can meet as many people as possible to really get plugged in to what's going on here. If you're free, please stop by the office anytime to introduce yourself and let me know what you like about the paper.

In an effort to start serving you better right now, I'm listing my email address here (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) just in case there is a story out there you would like to see us cover. While I can't make any guarantees about whether we'll have room for it in the newspaper, I am going to do my best to ensure this community paper stays rooted in the community. If you have a story, an event, or some news you would like covered, please do not hesitate to email me.

I want to thank you all so far for accepting me into your community, and I look forward to spending some time in this beautiful place serving you all.

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