A word from the new editors: Keep those letters coming

By: Susan Belknap, Placer Herald Editor
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It is with great honor and pleasure that Lauren Weber and I assume the duties as editors for The Placer Herald newspaper and Rocklin View Magazine. Since Toby Lewis, the previous editor resigned from the position a few weeks ago, Lauren and I have been trying to learn all we can about what the residents of Rocklin want to read in their newspaper. So far we’ve discovered Rocklin residents like to write letters. We think that’s a good thing and hope you’ll keep them coming. In today’s economy, there is a lot to write about with financially hard times for so many on a national level and the race for city council and school board on the local stage right here in Rocklin. In addition to hearing from our readers with letters to the editor, we hope you’ll also give us a call or send an e-mail our way if there’s a story idea or tip you’d like to share. This is your community newspaper and we want to hear about a special project your child’s class is working on, or your selfless neighbor who tirelessly volunteers for every cause. If it’s happening in Rocklin, we want to know. Lauren will be manning the Rocklin office on a daily basis and I will be making many regular visits to the community from my home base in Roseville where I am currently the editor of The Roseville Press-Tribune newspaper. Lauren is a Chico State graduate and has been a reporter for The Roseville Press Tribune, Granite Bay View, Rocklin View and the Roseville/Granite Bay Homes Magazine for almost a year. She has proven herself in all types of writing be it a school board or city council meeting, a profile on a local resident or current event. She has a delightful, optimistic attitude and a smile on her face at all times. She recently purchased her first home in Roseville. Lauren enjoys traveling when she gets the chance, trying out new restaurants and spending time with her boyfriend. I have been around the news business for decades (more than I’d like to admit) and have had the pleasure of writing almost every type of story imaginable. I have two grown daughters and have resided in Granite Bay for almost 15 years. My husband and I enjoy biking and hiking along the trails of the American River Parkway. I have recently taken up jogging and ran my first half marathon race in San Francisco this summer. We hope you’ll feel free to contact us with your story ideas either by e-mail or phone. Lauren can be reached at or in the office at 774-7981. You can contact me at or by phone at 774-7955. And even though the Placer Herald only comes out once a week, Lauren and I will be constantly posting new events on the newspaper’s Web site, We encourage you, our readers, to write your comments on the stories we write and also to post your own events and activities on the right hand side of the site, which is called, Myopolis. It’s a great way for you to stay connected with the local community as well as other residents throughout Placer County. Inside today’s issue we hope you’ll enjoy reading about the solar home tour this weekend where visitors are invited to tour homes in the Rocklin and Loomis area to find out how solar technology is working in homes. Lauren and I have also put together the October edition of the Rocklin View Magazine, which is included in today’s Placer Herald. It features a story about Rocklin’s own Andrea Martin, who will be one of the eight Rocklin artists featured on the 15th annual Autumn Artist Studios Tour Nov. 7-9. The View also features what Rocklin resident Bill Mang does to entertain his neighbors during the Halloween season. There’s lots of good reading ahead! We both look forward to serving the Rocklin community through the pages of The Placer Herald and Rocklin View.