Scotta Callister, editor of Blue Mountain Eagle for the past eight years, retired June 26.
The newspaper is currently interviewing for a full-time editor to replace Callister, and in the interim will employ some journalists from inside the EO Media Group to oversee the paper’s news coverage.
Tim Trainor, deputy managing editor of the East Oregonian in Pendleton, covered the desk until July 1.
He will be replaced by Dave Fisher, who was owner of the North Coast Citizen, has served as editor-publisher of the Estacada News and worked at the Capital Press, which is owned by the EO Media Group. He will be in John Day from July 8 until Aug. 5.
He will be assisted by Nancy McCarthy from July 29 through Aug. 29. McCarthy recently retired as editor of the Cannon Beach Gazette on the Oregon coast, another EO Media Group newspaper.
According to Blue Mountain Eagle publisher Marissa Williams, the group of interim editors are all experienced journalists, and will continue the high quality work that Callister instituted.
“The Eagle was fortunate to have someone of Scotta’s caliber as editor for eight years,” said Williams. “She was a champion for our communities and helped inform our readers. I am optimistic we will find a replacement who will follow in her footsteps.
“My goal is to find someone who values our community and way of life as much as we do, while upholding the integrity of the newspaper.”