So this is goodbye.
Our versatile freelancer Alx Stevens is taking over as managing editor so I can continue to fulfill my dream of being a digital nomad. If you didn’t know me personally, you might not know that in the past few months I’ve lived in Aruba, Bermuda and now Quito, Ecuador.
During COVID-19, when we weren’t having in-person events, my managers have generously allowed me to live my dream, but now that we’re starting to have in-person events again, understandably the Idaho Business Review wants someone in, like, Idaho.
Certainly, I’ll miss this place. I’ll miss assigning and editing articles from Alx, like her pieces on the merger between COLE Architects and DKA Architecture and Design, from Bend, Oregon, as well as the planned development of an aquatic center in southeast Boise.
Of course I’ll miss editing our intrepid staff writer Catie Clark’s tomes on statistics and mining, like this week’s front-page article about a lawsuit regarding a southeast Idaho mine that could affect the economic viability of the Soda Springs region for decades, and her look at why the Coeur d’Alene housing market is even hotter than Boise’s. Not to mention our mutual love of puns.
Catie also wrote about several developments in Idaho, including the new home of Sockeye Brewing, PetIQ’s new corporate headquarters in Eagle and Grocery Outlet’s newest Idaho location, in Hailey, which will be the company’s 400th store and 9th in Idaho alone.
And I’ll certainly miss getting to write this column. I started it when I became managing editor so I could highlight the work of our great writers (and sometimes my own, too). Whether Alx or editor Lauren Bonneau take it over is, as I like to say, from the Land of Not My Problem.
That’s not to say you’ll never see me here again. Alx and I joke that we’re swapping jobs, with her becoming managing editor and me becoming a freelancer. And I’ll certainly be coming through town now and again — after all, my hairdresser and dentist are here — and I’d be happy to meet people for lunch or coffee, now that we can. In the meantime, if you want to follow my globetrotting adventures, I can be reached on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Sharon Fisher is interim managing editor of the Idaho Business Review. Until Monday, that is.