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OPINION: Goodbye to the Osoyoos Times, but not goodbye to Osoyoos

OPINION: Goodbye to the Osoyoos Times, but not goodbye to Osoyoos

Six years ago, at the end of November 2012, I arrived in Osoyoos after towing a U-Haul trailer through a blizzard in the Rogers Pass.

Osoyoos was a balmy 8 C, about 25 degrees warmer than the northern Saskatchewan community I’d left behind.

When I took the job as a reporter at the Osoyoos Times, I intended to stay two or three years.

It didn’t take me too long to realize that I wanted to make this wonderful community my long-term home.

But six years is a long time to work at a newspaper and I’ve realized for a while that it’s time to make a change.

I will be leaving the Osoyoos Times after our final paper in November goes to press. But I plan to continue living in Osoyoos and to remain a part of this community.

Why would I leave the Times when I’ve enjoyed so much that I’ve done here? Why would I leave a job that has connected me to so many people in this community?

You may remember the 1993 Bill Murray comedy film Groundhog Day where Murray plays a weather broadcaster. He’s caught in a time loop where he has to cover the same Groundhog Day events in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania over and over again, every day.

I’ve now covered many Osoyoos events every year for six years and if I stayed into December I would be starting round seven.

Sometimes I feel like Bill Murray’s weatherman.

This past year has been a difficult one for me, both in my work and my personal life.

Between March and early September, I was on my own as editor, reporter and photographer. And I’m tired.

At the same time, I lost my father and a close aunt and I now find myself as the oldest person in my extended family. And my bucket list is far from complete.

So I plan to take the next couple of months to recharge my body and mind and then start something new, remaining in Osoyoos at least for the months that aren’t continually overcast.

I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing, but freelance photography is a good bet for part of it.

Stepping into my place will be Vanessa Broadbent, who some of you may know from her role as a regional reporter. Vanessa has been based at the Oliver Chronicle, but she’s been a regular contributor to the Osoyoos Times.

Vanessa is a very talented young woman who is a great writer and photographer and is a wiz on social media.

I’m sure her style will be different from mine, but the paper will be in good hands.

Over the past six years I’ve met many interesting, talented and committed people in this community. Many have become friends.

The nature of those relationships changes when people no longer see me as the avenue to get their messages out to the community. And they no longer need to guard their words around me for fear that they may become a story.

I hope you’ll stay in touch. And I look forward to participating in the Osoyoos community in a different role – once the dust settles.


Osoyoos Times



  1. Richard. I want to thank you. For being fair, for being passionate and for being a voice for so many important issues. I wish you nothing but the best for your future.

  2. Richard, thank you for the great story you wrote about our dog being lost. Your warm heart and great sense of humour will be missed at the Osoyoos Times. I sure hope we can connect again. We have moved away, as you did years ago, but we missed the snowstorm at the end of September.

  3. Richard you will be missed by us. I am forever in your debt for the manner in which you covered Lee’s story. On a more personal note, I will miss your editorials and your professionalism. That was always your calling card. Lee and I wish you the very best life has to offer, so good luck, fully charged batteries, clean lens and always know you will be welcome in our home.

  4. Richard, best wishes in your new ventures. I have always appreciated the way you cover local issues. You have given the community balanced and thoughtful coverage. Thank you

  5. Richard,
    The guilt is overwhelming! I thought that the BC senate letter would add new interest and variety to your life as editor. How wrong I was!
    I have spoken to my neighbours and we are planning “Anarchist Marmot Day” for February 2, 2019. It’s going to be big.
    Please reconsider.

  6. Richard ,
    You will be missed !
    Take time to recharge fully- you deserve a rest
    Thank you for the many opportunities I had to be included in your articles
    The office won’t be the same without you but I’ve met Vanessa and she should be a good editor.
    Good Luck in your future endeavours

  7. Thank you for all your hard work . I have read the Osoyoos Times times front to back almost every single week since moving here in 1992, Its been a good community newspaper and I have noticed the high quality of the editorials and stories with you at the helm. The front page always grabs attention . It’s a paper which is enjoyable to read due to the well written articles and professionalism right down to spellcheck and proofreading. Best wishes to the new boss, and Have a great retirement!

  8. Thank you for always coming into our school and taking beautiful pictures of our events. We truly appreciate the kind words you have said about our school community. Good luck in your new adventure.
    From all of us at Osoyoos Elementary School

  9. Hi Richard, thanks for your commitment to this community. You done good.
    All the best in the future.

  10. Richard . . . thank you, thank you, thank you.
    You have given a lot to this community and your contribution will be missed greatly.
    You can always change your mind after a break 🙂

    Bob Parker
    Rural Oliver

  11. Richard,
    Thanks for being such a terrific mirror to this community. Thanks for your insights, viewpoints, tenacity, dedication,time and hard work. You are respected and admired. Cheers to you.

  12. Richard,
    Thank you so much for your important contribution to our town.
    You will be missed… I wish you all the best in both your personal and career goals!

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