Mares named Copper Era editor
.Long-time Greenlee County resident Walter Mares has been named News Editor of The Copper Era effective with this issue , according to Managing Editor Tom Jackson King
had been reporting for the Era since the untimely death in June of former News Editor Hal T. Ward.
has shown his experience working for other newspapers can be of great value to our readers , King said.
King said Mares
will write editorials twice a month , produce a local column twice a month , and conduct a twice a year open forum for the public to meet with Publisher Rick Schneider , Managing Editor Tom Jackson King , News Editor Mares and the entire Clifton staff.
will discuss some of his
ideas for improving the Era in an upcoming column in the Sept. 12 issue.He
said the opportunity to help lead the Era into expanded hard news and community news reporting was very welcome.
I believe the newspaper is the greatest tool a free society has.Journalism should always be responsible and accountable to the public.A good newspaper sticks to the facts.Facts are facts.And it's good to be back home -- this is where I belong.I've tried other things , but in my head and soul , I'm a newspaperman , he
...Mares has extensive prior experience in journalism
.He served on his high school newspaper in La Jara , Colo. , worked for the La Jara Gazette in the late 1960s , and studied journalism at Adams State College in Alamosa , Colo. , where he worked seven years for the daily Valley Courier in Alamosa
.While with the Courier , Mares
won awards for writing and photojournalism.Later , from 1979 to 1990 , Mares worked as a stringer for UPI press syndicate , as a stringer for the Arizona Daily Star from 1983 to 1990 , and finally as a stringer for the Arizona Republic from 1996 to 2000
.Mares actually was editor of the Era once before , from 1983 to 1988 , when it was owned by Jean Crinan , who was publisher and owner
In that role , Mares
covered the traumatic 1983 events of the flood and the strike at Phelps Dodge.
came to Clifton in 1983 , he
was coming home in a way.His
two brothers , Bernie Mares and Ernest Mares , live in Clifton.His
sister , June Jackson , now lives in Thatcher.