“Love your brothers and sisters, love will come back to you ... ”
I take that lyric to mean love everything you do; love your life, love your husband or wife, love your fellow man and, especially, love what you do.
When it comes to covering sports in Grand County, no one has loved the student-athletes, parents and readers of The Times-Independent more than Jeff Richards during the past 16 years. Whether he was teaching budding young journalists at GCHS, or writing a variety of sports or news stories for this newspaper, Jeff did it all with that infectious grin he always seems to have on his face.
But as they say in the cowboy flicks, it’s “happy trails” for Jeff as he moves on to be an editor at St. George News, an online journalistic endeavor that covers southwestern Utah 24-hours a day, seven days a week. With his stellar writing ability and knack for high school sports, I suspect he will be a huge success in the newsroom and that his leadership will benefit the readers of the website.
It’s not all fun and games here in my office at The Times-Independent, however; with Jeff leaving, that means we now have to find a capable journalist to fill his immense shoes. That said, if you know anyone in Moab or nearby (we’ve already launched a national search) that wants to be the sporting voice of the Grand County Red Devils, please reach me via email.
If you want to write for The Times-Independent, you’ll be covering sports across three seasons at Grand County High School, as well as offering up the occasional outdoors story. You won’t have to travel much, since the coaches here are very good about getting their stats online and returning phone calls for quotes.
When the school year is out — and sometimes even during the sports season — you’ll also fill in for the occasional news story or photo essay.
It’s going to be hard to fill Jeff’s show — but I am certain that The Times-Independent will continue to be the leader in sports coverage in Grand County.
Good luck, Jeff — and Go Big Red!