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SNOQUALMIE — Two new faces have joined the Snoqualmie


Valley Record in recent weeks to replace departing members of the


newspaper's family.


Barry Rochford is the new editor of the paper. Rochford, a Kansas


native, was formerly the city editor of the Kokomo Tribune, a daily


newspaper in central Indiana. He has previously worked as a reporter for


daily and weekly newspapers in Oregon and Kansas. Rochford graduated


from Wichita State University with a degree in journalism.


He takes over the reins as editor from Michelle Kimi Liu, who


worked as a reporter and editor at the Valley Record for almost two years.


She leaves to start a family with her husband, Jonathan.


Sue Randall replaces Jeanette Knutson as the paper's copy


editor. Knutson left the paper to travel and visit family.


Randall owned and operated Mount Si Bowl _ now Adventure


Bowl _ for four years. A 1976 graduate of Mount Si High School, she has a


degree in English literature from the University of Washington.


Valley Record publishers Jim and Karen McKiernan said the addition


of Rochford and Randall will ensure the paper continues to report the local


issues that affect Valley residents.


"We're really excited to have somebody in here with Barry's


experience," Jim McKiernan said. "The strengths of his journalism degree


and past positions will help us move to a new level of reporting. We


wish Michelle good luck in her future family endeavors and have


thoroughly enjoyed having her on the staff."


He added he plans on introducing Rochford to the community in


the coming weeks.


Of Randall, McKiernan said, "It's nice to get someone that we've


known in a business relationship, although Jeanette will be sorely missed.


Sue brings an English background that will help us ensure a continued


high-quality product."


Rochford said he is excited about becoming a part of the Valley Record.


"The Valley Record has a history of covering the people, events


and ideas that most concern the surrounding area," he said. "I look forward


to continuing that tradition."


Randall, a longtime Valley resident, said, "I like the newspaper


business and I've always kind of hoped I'd be involved on a small newspaper,


what better than on my hometown newspaper."

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