As we finish this newspaper, I feel both excited and saddened. I’m handing over the reins as managing editor and moving to a new position at a nonprofit in Bozeman. Starting this summer, I’ll be working with Adventure Science (formerly Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation), an organization affecting positive change by pairing up outdoor enthusiasts and scientists for data collection.

I’m also proud of my time here. Rebuilding this newspaper over the last 3 1/2 years has been a learning experience, and I feel honored to have told some of the stories in this vibrant and growing community.

When we produced our first newspaper in fall of 2010, our publisher Eric Ladd said he wanted the paper to act as a bridge between the communities of this region, showing locals and visitors our beauty and blemishes alike. We forged ahead with that in mind, finding a wellspring of support from contributors, advertisers and readers, all of whom have helped define us.

This annual Rivers and Lakes special edition has been something we’ve done ever since I started the job. Today, it exemplifies the solid system we’ve built, as well as its strength and flexibility. With editors Joseph O’Connor and Tyler Allen at the helm, I’m confident the publications will change and grow – and that they will continue to push the boundaries of excellence.

– Emily Wolfe