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New reporter fills big shoes on Chester news beats

The Chester Progressive of Chester, California

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There's a changing of the guard at Chester Progressive.

Although change can be unpredictable, it can also present opportunities.

My name is Stacy Fisher, and I'm originally from the San Fernando Valley, Southern California. I decided to move to Westwood 2-1/2 years ago to enjoy the advantages of mountain living, and leave behind the smog and bumper-to-bumper traffic of the big city.

I have 20-plus years of experience in reporting for various news publications as well as feature writing.

I have some big shoes to fill with the recent retirement of Chester Progressive's intrepid reporter Kate West. Replacing such a well-informed and detail-oriented individual as Kate is no small feat.

Truthfully, Kate is irreplaceable. Her vast knowledge of the area and personal connections are extensive and run deep in the community.

For nearly two weeks I shadowed Kate around town learning the ropes. Her training was indispensible, and her infinite patience much appreciated!

I understand that Kate has been at the paper for more than 10 years, and after witnessing her professionalism, I know she's been instrumental in its success.

Without a doubt, she'll be greatly missed as she begins a new chapter in her life. I suspect I speak for everyone at Feather Publishing in wishing her the best in whatever new endeavors she elects to embark upon.

As to be expected, the learning curve can be steep when familiarizing oneself with the requirements of a new job. That's why it's been heartening that the staff at Chester Progressive has been so ready to lend a hand in offering any assistance I may need in covering my beat. They've been especially gracious and I'm grateful for their support.

As the new kid on the block, I recognize that it will take a while to cultivate a comprehensive knowledge of the Lake Almanor Basin region. There's a lot to absorb in a relatively short time. So please bear with me.

I'm definitely looking forward to getting to know the movers and shakers, as well as the everyday people who make the wider community the special place that it is.

I expect the summer season to be filled with a plethora of news stories: Chester students will soon be graduating, and the Fourth of July and the Fun Run are just around the corner, to name just a couple of the special events that will be covered.

Finally, I'd like to invite members of the community at large to feel free to contact me with news stories, social occasions and upcoming events by emailing me at or by calling 258-3115. Also, if you have any exceptional photos to share depicting something special going on in Plumas County, please feel free to send them in. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Original Publication Date: June 3, 2015

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