We have a new office – I promise – really, we do
'The best laid plans o' mice and men often go awry.'
Those words aptly describe the situation faced recently by the staff of the Sandy Post and Estacada News.
It all started several months ago when we decided it was time to relocate the Sandy Post office. Seemed like a good idea; still does.
We set that machine in motion, advertising our move date and preparing our co-workers to close up shop March 16 at the little white house on Strauss Avenue, and re-open the next day a couple blocks away in the Windermere Building.
All was going well until the plan went completely awry.
A couple weeks before our move, a seemingly unrelated event happened: Evan Jensen (a Sandy resident) submitted his resignation as editor/general manager of the Estacada News, which is part of the Pamplin Media Group (just like the Sandy Post and the Gresham Outlook).
Days turned into weeks, and then came Jensen's last day on the job - Monday, March 14.
That also happens to be the very day that the decision was made to appoint me (Steve Brown) as editor/general manager of the Estacada newspaper, adding to my duties as editor/general manager of the Post and news editor of The Outlook.
At the same time, we transferred part-time Sandy reporter Gus Jarvis to a full-time reporting position in Estacada.
And so, we arrived two days later at the Sandy Post move date, March 16. We carted over the desk and chairs, the fax machine, the heavy bound volumes and the boxes of stuff we'll probably never unbox. Then locked the door and haven't been back since.
Gus is firmly rooted in Estacada. And I'm trying to get used to taking off and putting on my three hats. Like a trooper, part-time Reporter Jim Hart is single-handedly holding down the news reporting duties for the Post.
Why tell you all of this?
Well, we have a hunch that we've had visitors to our Sandy office in the last week since our move. And by now, some people may be wondering if our move was an elaborate hoax.
Not to worry.
We're in the process of searching for a replacement for Gus. Once hired, that person will hold down the fort at the Sandy office.
In the meantime, visitors to our office will find a locked door. We're the first to agree it's not a good situation.
We are eager to continue providing our readers with the level of service they should expect.
On a more somber note, I was saddened to hear about the death of Rick Allen, owner of The Reel Tackle Shop in Sandy.
The Post ran a story about him on the front page of the March 9 edition. A phone call from his brother from California let me know that Allen died the day the story appeared.
I did not know Allen well, but we shared plenty of laughs at my expense as I described my pathetic attempts at landing a Sandy River salmon.
Heaven has a place for Rick next to a shimmering river where the salmon never stop running, where his line is always tight, and the fish are all keepers.