A letter of thanks to outgoing editor

A Note from the Publisher: A Letter of Thanks to Outgoing Editor

During the ownership transition last summer, The Cordova Times was in motion and a state of change. I started saying at that time, with much humor and sincerity, that this newspaper is a 108-year-old brand, but in a transition phase like the one we were in, it felt more like a startup. The startup environment is one I’m familiar with, and if I know one thing about new starts (even if they’re only new to you) is that the team is all that matters. The team makes or breaks what you’re trying to build. Cordovans know this feeling well, where so many of our readers are part of a team out on the water – the crew and the captain will make or break the season based on their attitude.

In July, Natalie Rademacher joined The Cordova Times as a designer and then as managing editor. With roots in rural Minnesota, a past life as a reporter in Talkeetna, and now living and working in journalism remotely in New Zealand, Natalie contributed a great deal of local media experience and professionalism to this newspaper at a critical time following the transition. Our team and I felt great clarity, positivity, and ease in our first six months in print with Natalie at the helm as managing editor.

Over the past eight months since she joined The Cordova Times, Natalie also took the time to carefully support and get to know community leaders and the stories that make Cordova the special place it is.

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for Natalie’s unwavering commitment to this newspaper as she moves on. Her dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed; we are all fortunate to have had her on our team.

Camille Botello is now stepping into the managing editor role, and we’re thrilled to have her with us. Camille was a reporter on the Kenai Peninsula and has a real passion for coastal communities in Alaska.

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Onward and upward! Thanks to all of you. And special thanks to Natalie for charting a solid course forward from the beginning.

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Rachel Kallander
Rachel Kallander was raised in Cordova and graduated from CHS. Rachel is CEO of Kallander & Associates, a consulting firm serving policy and business clients statewide. She is the founder and executive director of the Arctic Encounter – the largest annual Arctic policy conference in the U.S., with policy convenings and partnerships worldwide. Rachel also serves as the Honorary Consul of Iceland to Alaska. She lives with her husband, Casey Pape, and two young children in Anchorage.