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From the Publisher: Saying goodbye after 26 years

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — April marks 26 years and nine months of leading Steamboat Pilot & Today. That's a little longer than half my life. I've appreciated every year, every month and every day to be involved with a business that is so vital to our community. Recently, I've appreciated the opportunity to help the Steamboat Pilot & Today through a challenging transition from one set of owners, the Dolph Simons Jr. family, to a new owner, Swift Communications.

Suzanne Schlicht

Most of the transitional work is complete, and today I'm announcing that April 2 will be my last day as publisher. I leave the paper in excellent hands. Swift is a solid company, owned by a family that I greatly admire and respect, and will be an excellent steward of your local newspaper. Swift will be installing new interim leadership at the Pilot & Today while seeking my replacement.

Earlier this winter, I listened to Roger Dow, President and COO of the U.S. Travel Association, address the Airline Partners' Summit at the Steamboat Grand. Dow spoke of "inflection points" and advised his audience to be alert to them. An inflection point is a time of significant change in a situation — a turning point, if you will. Sitting in the audience that day, I was poignantly aware I was facing an inflection point in my career, and it was time to seek out the next opportunity.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunities I've had to fulfill interesting, challenging and impactful roles with our local paper and in the media industry. I'm humbled that I've worked for and beside some of the smartest and most caring people I know.

Among the things I'm most proud of are witnessing the young people who started with us blossom, the passionate ways we've worked to support the Steamboat Springs community, the stories we've written about extraordinary people, those in need and community issues that might have otherwise gone untold, nearly 20 years of recognizing outstanding business people and organizations with Navigator Awards and the business partnerships we've formed that have strengthened this community.

While I am leaving Steamboat Pilot & Today, my professional career is not over. But like the paper during the past 20 months, it is in transition. Change is good. It's what allows us to grow. I am embracing this change and looking forward to discovering and taking on the next challenge.

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I'll leave you with this. The Steamboat Pilot & Today is an invaluable asset to our community. It connects people — those who live here and visit here. It allows businesses to reach existing and new customers. From those connections, businesses prosper. And when the business community is strong, we have good jobs and a thriving economy. I ask you to continue to support your local newspaper by reading and investing your advertising dollars. I certainly will.