John Moses has helmed papers throughout the West

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FARMINGTON — The new editor of The Daily Times comes to San Juan County after stints in Alaska and Wyoming.

John R. Moses’ career has taken him from managing newsrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area to building a news operation from scratch in rural Alaska.

He most recently served as editor of the award-winning Jackson Hole News&Guide in Jackson, Wyo., and local news coordinator for its sister paper, the Jackson Hole Daily.

"I am excited that John has joined our team. With his skills and experience our readers will see some positive changes to the newspaper," Publisher Sammy Lopez said.

Moses arrived last week and has spent his spare hours exploring the area.

“Farmington has been very welcoming to me,” Moses said. “Everyone I meet tells me something new about the town and its people. It reminds me of the way people look after each other in Alaska.”

Moving to a city the size of Farmington is a change from Moses’ last region, the recreational wonderland known as Jackson Hole where during the nontourist seasons residents sometimes boast there are more dogs than full-time residents.

The Moses family is looking forward to settling into the Farmington community and enjoying the cultural and recreational amenities the area offers.

“My wife and I like to hike, and archaeology and the history of the West are two of my main interests when I’m not working,” Moses said. “We’re looking forward to exploring the area and sharing it with our extended family.”

Moses was born and raised in Northern California. He moved from suburban Benicia, Calif., to Talkeetna, Alaska, in 2006 with wife, Gale, and then-teenage daughter Genna to run a bed and breakfast inn and attempt to buy a local paper.

“I’d call it a positive culture shock for all of us, moving to a place where the supermarket is 75 miles away and moose and bears come to visit your cabin,” Moses said. “I certainly learned the importance of community, of stewardship and to learn to take care of things because there is no AAA tow truck close by in most of the Boreal Forest.”

Eventually, Moses and his wife founded the Alaska Pioneer Press, an up to 10,000-circulation monthly newspaper and website serving a sparsely populated region roughly the size of West Virginia. They owned Talkeetna Landings B&B, which was founded by Gale’s mother in a historic log cabin next to the Village Airstrip.

“It seemed like a great idea, at the time,” Moses said of starting his own paper. “Then I got a crash course on how to be a newspaper publisher during an economic downturn.”

The online publication began a print edition in 2008, which Moses likened to starting a bank in 1929. It closed in 2010 when Moses became managing editor of a daily paper in Juneau, Alaska.

“Having had to make a payroll, I certainly understand the spot small business owners are in,” Moses said. “And being a parent and grandparent I have a keen interest in all matters that affect families and the quality of community life. I hope to use the sum of my life and professional experience to make sure The Daily Times is a relevant and trusted news source working to reflect life in this county and beyond.”

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