What happens after the newspaper closes

High Country News: Former Rockey Mountain News reporter reflects on his time since the paper closed.

Some mornings I still wake full of resentment about the newspaper’s closing. I’m still feeling divorce aftershock. Three months ago, I stopped paying the mortgage.┬áLast winter, to survive, I sold off some of my camera equipment. I’m still not sure how I will make ends meet.

But on most mornings I feel like the luckiest man alive. If I was still employed at the Rocky, I would have never written a novel or traveled to Africa; I wouldn’t have floated the San Juan and Salmon rivers with my sons, worked for Mrs. Li, hammered nails, fired up a chainsaw, or looked at a hundred happy dancing brides.

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