Angel Fire Reporter heads to Socorro

By Eric Heinz<br />Staff writer

Dear friends and colleagues of the Enchanted Circle,

It has been an enlightening and exciting past few years working for the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, but sadly I am announcing my departure from the Moreno Valley.

On Monday (June 2) I accepted a job at the El Defensor Chieftain in Socorro as the general assignment news reporter, and I will be moving there June 14. 

The Chronicle was a phenomenal catalyst to my journalism career. When I first discovered the paper’s website and read the high-caliber reporting, exquisite design and sprawling coverage area, I knew taking a job in this gorgeous mountain community was the right move.

This newspaper became my journalism graduate school after receiving my bachelor’s in journalism and mass communications, and I studied under professor Jesse Chaney, the Chronicle’s previous managing editor. Instead of paying tens of thousands of dollars to a university I was getting paid to obtain a wealth of information and work with the fine people of the area.

Working as a reporter in northern New Mexico has allowed me to share important stories that affect and inform many communities, visitors and second-home owners.

Being able to know many people who live in the Enchanted Circle and neighboring areas has been the privilege of a lifetime. The progress that I’ve seen these communities make in the last few years gives me optimism that the wonderful characters who comprise these emerald mountains are working hard together for the greater good.

The times I’ve spent with people in this community will be lasting memories — permanent fixtures that when looking back will bring a smile to my face.

Thank you all for a wonderful past few years, and I will definitely come back to visit when I can.