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Incoming Roadrunner editor: 'Taking up the torch'


August 29, 2013
This week the Roadrunner says goodbye to a voice that has defined it for so many years. After nearly 30 years of faithful service to his community, David Ross will be leaving us to pursue his ambitions elsewhere (hopefully in journalism!). I have no doubt that his absence will be felt by all our readers.

From his insightful editorials to his encyclopedic knowledge of all things Valley Center, David was truly the soul of the paper since he was first hired in 1984. Each week he gave us a living history of ourselves. At the recent David Ross library fundraiser he was aptly described as the "Mark Twain of Valley Center." We will dearly miss David's wit and steadfast reporting.

Yet, despite the departure of our long-time captain, the Roadrunner must continue to deliver the best in community news every week. With the help of Dan Kidder and Ray Flores, I will be carrying on as editor of the paper.

You may remember me as the intern last summer who wrote about rattlesnake shots for dogs, the Winn Winery, and the opening of the Eagle's Nest. After completing my final year at Pitzer College, I returned to the Roadrunner in July as a full-time journalist. I have written for campus magazines and online newsletters, as well as serving as copy editor for my school paper. Although this was an abrupt and unexpected change, I am excited to take on the responsibility of editor here at the Roadrunner.

I have called Valley Center my home for three and a half years now. I grew up outside of Denver, but my family moved here to raise horses and enjoy the beautiful California weather. When I'm not writing articles, I enjoy woodworking and playing percussion in the VC Symphony Orchestra (assuming I will still have time!).

Mark Twain once wrote, "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." David Ross has certainly doled out his share of astonishment and gratification over the years, and he put his heart into every article. He remains forever committed to this community. I am certain that his legacy in Valley Center is far from complete.

Since I started at the Roadrunner, David has been a friend and mentor to me. I will miss him as much as all of you will. I would not dream of filling his shoes, but I will work hard to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings in Valley Center. I look forward to meeting you around town, and if you have some news, let me know!

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    Taking up the torch'
    September 05, 2013 | 08:54 AM

    Welcome to the neighborhood Michael.

    Dawn Hughes
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