So how did Susan break the big news to her dozens of concerned readers? Here's the way she worded it:
"We've Changed Our Name....but all else remains the same! 2009 is a year in which many great changes have and will take place. For the Publisher/Editor of this paper, Susan Henderson, a very significant change is the name of the paper. The Mountain Views Observer has a new name....Mountain Views News....a change that has been a few months in the making. However, the commitment to delivering news that Sierra Madre and its surrounding communities need to hear about remains the same. In the coming weeks you will notice additional changes in our format, web presence and more. All designed to serve you better and more efficiently. Stay tuned!"
Of course, there is no mention of the Court trial, the orders from the Judge, the threatened Contempt Of Court jacket, none of that stuff. But look, is this different from the way Ms. Henderson treats any other so-called news story she runs?
The way the "News" is celebrating its name change is, in this writer's opinion, rather unfortunate. Pictured on the front page of the paper, in the upper right hand corner, is a color shot of a group of folks enjoying themselves at the Huck Finn Fishing Derby. In the foreground of this Dean Lee photograph is a woman squatting down next to a young child, who is fishing. Her back is to the camera, so you can't tell who it is. But the result of this difficult seating position on the affected person's couture? You guessed it, plumber's crack. What a novel way to kick off that new name, Susan!
In other Mountain Views "News" related happenings this week, the employees at City Hall were apparently treated to a dose of that famous Susan Henderson temper. Angered over the Sierra Madre Tattler 'Marquez Letter' Exclusive, and its subsequent publication in the Sierra Madre Weekly, Susan stormed into City Hall demanding to see "The real Matt Marquez letter." Upon being informed that the letter printed here was in effect the real Marquez/Congregational Church letter, and the only one the City has in its possession on this matter, Susan refused to believe it and demanded that somebody get it for her. It appears that it took an intervention from the City Manager to talk her out of her trouble tree.
Of course, Susan's anger here is understandable as the publication of this letter by both The Tattler and The Sierra Madre Weekly made her featured front page story on the Congregational Church situation last week look like the crock of effluence it really was.
By all accounts, a rough week on Planet Susan.