The Independent has a new sister newspaper in Reno, Nevada, the Reno News & Review.

The first non-college newspaper byline I ever had was in the Reno News & Review, during a summer internship in 1996; at that point, the RN&R was just a little more than a year old. My second stint at the RN&R came a year and a half or so later. After I graduated from college, I worked for The Associated Press’ San Francisco bureau for five months, before deciding to move back to Reno to deal with personal and family matters. The RN&R had just hired a new staff writer who was unable to start for about two months, so I filled the gap as a temp staff writer before moving on to a small daily newspaper in Sparks, Nev.

My third stint came about a year and a half later, when I became the RN&R’s news editor. Not quite six months later, the editor departed, and the owner offered me the job. I accepted—and became the editor of my hometown weekly a few weeks shy of my 25th birthday.

In the scary craziness that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, I moved to Las Vegas and went to work for Las Vegas CityLife as a political reporter and news editor. A little more than a year later, I was offered the job of editor at CityLife’s sister newspaper, the Tucson Weekly. I spent 10 years there—before my now-husband and I decided to move to Palm Springs to start the Independent. That happened little more than nine years ago.

Through the years, I kept in touch with the RN&R. My writing would show up in the newspaper from time to time. I stayed in contact the owners, Jeff von Kaenel and Deborah Redmond; I even served with Jeff on a board for a couple of years.

Then came March 2020. The RN&R, like a lot of newspapers, suspended its print edition; it’s struggled along online ever since.

This brings us to last April, when my husband I went to Reno to visit our parents for the first time since the pandemic arrived. It seemed like every friend we saw asked me a variation of the question: “Hey, do you know if the Reno News & Review is ever coming back?”

This led me to email Jeff and Deborah, and ask if there was anything I could to help out the RN&R. Jeff and Deborah replied—and that started off a series of conversations that culminated Coachella Valley Independent LLC becoming the RN&R’s owner as of Jan. 31.

Rest assured: As I start my fourth stint with the Reno News & Review, nothing will change with the Independent. I’ll still be here as the editor and publisher. I may be a little more frazzled than normal, and I’ll be spending more time in Reno (not a bad thing, since my mom and my husband’s dad live there)—but Palm Springs is home, and I love the Independent more than ever.

Note: This is the editor’s note that appeared in the March 2022 print edition. Much of this column was originally published online in the Jan. 31 Indy Digest.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...