Hailey Palmer

The end is here. Sort of.

My time covering high school sports for the Lynden Tribune is ending this week, but my time covering them in Whatcom County certainly hasn’t. 

I’ve accepted the sports editor position at the Cascadia Daily News, a new publication coming to Bellingham next year. 

I’m really excited for the opportunity, but in taking it, I am bidding farewell to this community. Again, sort of. 

You’ll certainly still see me around and hear from me, just not nearly as often.

So, I’m going to take this time to thank everyone who’s been a part of this small journey of mine the past almost three years. 

The first big thank you goes to Mike Lewis and Calvin Bratt, obviously. I applied for the reporter opening the paper had a week after I graduated college in 2018. I was a fresh, 22-year-old college graduate missing every bit of experience they probably wanted to fill the position with. They hired me anyway and let me get my foot in the door in this industry, and for that, I’ll be forever thankful. 

The next thank you goes to Eric Trent. I’m sure you all remember him. He was in the sports role before me and if he didn’t leave it, I wouldn’t have been able to take over. So, thanks, Eric. 

I also have to simply thank this city. From the athletes to coaches to parents. You all have made this job so much easier and as fun as it has been. There are way too many people to name, but if you’re reading this, just go ahead and assume I am thanking you.

Being able to be a small part of this community is something I’m always going to remember and think fondly of. 

Thanks for putting up with all of the nonsense, bad jokes, sarcasm and memes on Twitter, as well. 

It’s a shame most of my time as the sports reporter here was absolutely destroyed by a global pandemic. I feel like there’s a lot of stories that went unwritten because of the absence of a normal 2020-21 sports season, but hey, here’s the good news. 

To be super cliche and age myself what feels like 20 extra years, this truly is not a goodbye. It’s a see you later. 

I’m still hanging around the county, so fortunately, (or unfortunately depending on how you view me), you haven’t quite gotten rid of me yet. 

If you’ve come to like my work, writing or by some miracle, just me as a person, feel free to follow along at my next stop. 

My employer is changing, but the work itself is not. You’ll all see me at a game again in no time.