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I look forward to getting to know the communities and covering the athletes of Canby, Molalla and Wilsonville.

PMG PHOTO: MORGAN URTON - Derek Wiley is the new sports editor of the Canby Herald, Molalla Pioneer and Wilsonville Spokesman.

Eight days.

That is how long it had been since my wife and I sold our home in Salem and moved all of our stuff to Bend when I received an email from the Prep Sports Editor of Pamplin Media Group – Miles Vance.

Vance, who I followed on Twitter but had never met, wanted to know if I would be interested in a job. Pamplin had an opening for a sports editor covering Canby, Molalla and Wilsonville.

While I had been in Bend since November, renting a room and covering high school sports for The Bulletin, my wife, Hillary, had remained in Salem, finishing work as an adjunct professor at Chemeketa Community College and starring in the musical "Avenue Q" at Enlightened Theatrics.

While we agreed to move to Bend, which is why we sold our home and closed on June 4, our priorities had changed since November. Along with performing in "Avenue Q" in Salem, Hillary, an actress, had also booked a role in "Footloose" at Broadway Rose in Tigard. Rehearsals would begin in July for the show in August.

But we had a plan – I would stay in Bend, at a house I found to rent with a big backyard for our two dogs, and Hillary would crash with her cousin in West Linn.

At least that was the plan until I got Vance's email.

In a lot of ways, the timing could not have been worse. We had just sold our home, just moved all of our stuff and said goodbye to all of our friends. We had not yet skied Mt. Bachelor or paddle boarded up and down the Deschutes River.

But the opportunity to work for Pamplin and live under the same roof as my wife was just too good to pass up.

And most of our stuff was still in boxes.

Unfortunately, moving is not new to us.

While I grew up in a small town in Georgia and spent my first 30 years in the Peach State, we took a chance and moved to Oregon a little over four years ago.

We started in The Dalles, where I was a reporter and photographer at The Dalles Chronicle for 14 months before moving to Salem to become the associate editor at the Keizer Times.

After two-and-a-half years in Keizer, I spent seven months in Bend before moving back to the Willamette Valley.

I look forward to getting to know the communities and covering the athletes of Canby, Molalla and Wilsonville.

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