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Welcome to this week's Reno News & Review.

Somehow in the madness that's been the last half of 2015, I forgot to give recognition to the editorial force of nature Dennis Myers. He won the first place individual achievement award from the National Federation of Press Women for the Ira Hansen story, “On Paper,” RN&R, Nov. 20, 2014.

Also his 2014 story on organic and transgenic foods, “The Organic Food Lie,” Feb. 13, 2014, has been published as a chapter in the book Organic Foods, published by Greenhaven Press.

As I gear up to be King in Exile, (“What are we calling me, Brad? Editor-of-Surveillance?” “Editor-at-Large.”) So as I gear up to be Editor-at-Large, a plan is starting to come together. My last full week here for a year will end on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Then I go home, snatch a mediocre semester from the jaws of failure, and … then what?

I don't know. Go to the gym? Apply for some grants and fellowships? Rake the leaves or clean up the side yard? I guess I'll figure that out as I go.

I expect we'll have the new special projects editor hired before I cut back so if you're reading this note thinking, “Gosh, I'll bet that would be a great job with Burghart out of the picture,” well, kiss my retreating ass.

At this point, though, I just have to make it through Wednesday to start figuring things out. Seems like I should be able to go to the bar on the first day of my sabbatical but no such luck.

What else do you guys want to know? I'll be writing this column every other week, alternating with my new associate editor, Brad Bynum. He'll be in charge of taking the angry phone calls at 775.324.4440 x. 3520. Have no fear, though, if you can't reach him on the phone, his email is

I've got the attention span of a gnat, so don't be surprised if I just have trouble primarily focusing on 1.25 jobs and finishing the last semester of my English master's. And you know me, when I get bored, I get in trouble. I'm looking forward to it.