Much has been said in the past couple of days regarding the manner in which the Craig Daily Press handled the reporting of Kathie Johnson's death earlier this week.
Some who have been critical of the coverage think the paper should apologize for the way the story was handled.
As a human being, I can sympathize with those who found elements of the story, which included an explanation of the situation with her husband, distasteful or disrespectful.
But nothing that we reported should be construed as a slight to Kathie's reputation.
I knew Kathie, as did several of my employees, and we all thought highly of her as a person, peace officer and someone who loved animals.
I always was impressed with how she handled herself with compassion and consideration in all situations.
As publisher of this newspaper, I want to state unequivocally that the story we published was correctly presented, and I fully support the editorial decisions that we made.
It is our job to present news and information in its entirety, including the context of a story.
I insist that my staff remains unbiased and professional in doing this job.
This was a difficult story for my staff to write, and before publication, we discussed the story with professionals outside of Craig to ensure that it was handled correctly.
The regret that I want to convey to readers and the community is that I am deeply saddened that this community has lost a great person - a person who exemplified kindness and compassion.
She will be missed, and we feel that great loss just as our community does.