The Duncan Banner

June 6, 2014

And so, the next chapter for me begins...

Bob Morris
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — It’s time for me to start the next chapter of my life.

Thursday was my last day at The Duncan Banner. I have accepted a job with the Kingman (Kan.) Courier-Leader.

I needed this as a personal change. I’m more used to the pace of a weekly or twice-weekly newspaper, which the Kingman publication is. After spending more than 14 years at a twice-weekly in Raton, N.M., I’m ready to get back to that pace.

Also, I will be closer to my family in Colorado. As they say, family is one of the things that needs to come first in your life.

I do leave with mixed feelings, though. While I am excited about the new opportunities ahead, I will miss Duncan. This is a wonderful community with wonderful people.

I remember when I accepted the job with The Duncan Banner, that was around the time that Chris Lane was killed. What happened to Lane thrust Duncan into the national spotlight, certainly in a way that most Duncan residents didn’t want.

But as I have told several people, one incident does not define a community. I can tell you what does define Duncan is how so many people responded to what happened to Lane, supporting those close to him and participating in events designed to honor Lane’s memory.

I have really enjoyed meeting the many coaches I have talked to. They have all been friendly, helpful and and love to talk about their athletes.

And the athletes I have talked to have been class acts all the way. I can tell these athletes will become successful men and women in whatever they choose to do in their lives.

Perhaps my fondest memory will be covering the Class 5A state girls golf tournament. In my years in New Mexico, I never covered a state golf tourney. Then, while in Duncan, not only did I get to cover such a tourney, but got to see the team I was specifically covering win the state title.

Memorable moments like that are what I’ll never forget, and the same applies to all the people I have met. I wish everyone nothing but the best.