New Editor takes over reins of Record

The Valley Record welcomes new editor Jennifer Cheney.

Most recently a reporter at "The Lake Chelan Mirror," Cheney moved with her husband to North Bend in late March of this year.

One of the things that attracted Cheney to the Snoqualmie Valley was its similarities to the valley in which she grew up, she said.

She was raised on a cattle ranch located just north of Eugene, Ore., along Interstate 105 in the Willamette Valley.

"I had the best of both worlds there," she said. "I had the city of Eugene with all its diversity and culture, not to mention good schools. After school, I could go horseback riding in the country without fear of big city dangers."

The Willamette Valley is known for its rich agriculture, many recreational opportunities and customized lifestyles to fit nearly all tastes, she said.

Cheney also had many run-ins with flooding throughout the years in the Willamette Valley, an area known to flood often.

That is something also familiar to Valley residents, she noted, as there seems to be flooding about every year in this area.

"I can remember our roads being washed out by floods and riding my horse as far as the interstate in order to catch the school bus," she said.

Snoqualmie Valley residents also seem to have the same advantages she grew up with, she said. Seattle is just a short drive away, yet the country life style still exists.

In the newspaper industry for more than 10 years, Cheney received a sociology degree at the University of Montana. She has two grown children.

"Jennifer understands what community journalism is all about," said Valley Record publisher Jim McKiernan. "It's about developing relationships with those we cover on a weekly basis. That trait is hard to find in an editor, but very important to our success."

Cheney said she is excited about the potential for recreational opportunities in the area including discovering and hiking mountain trails, and seeking out the best fishing spots.

"I want to meet and talk to all the characters of the Valley," she said about her new position and her new community. "Most importantly, I want to put out a local newspaper that gives a clear account of what this Valley and its people are all about and what the people want it to become."

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