If you don't think there's anything going on in Del Norte County, you ought to spend a day in our newsroom. Every day we face the challenge of adequately covering all of the news stories out there. So, to make sure we fulfill our responsibilities, we've made some new hires and added a couple of beats:

?Laura Rico is our new assistant editor. Laura is now the No. 2 person in the newsroom and will manage The Daily Triplicate during evening hours. She has spent the past few years reporting in central Michigan and most recently was editor of the Ionia Sentinel-Standard's Weekender edition.

?Thea Skinner is our new economics reporter. From Colorado Springs, Colo., she recently interned in public relations for the U.S. Paralympics. She's also covering our youth beat until a new reporter fills that post next month.

?Cornelia de Bruin is moving to our newly created features writer position. She now handles our Northcoast Life and Neighbors pages, human interest stories, obituaries and the community calendar.

?James Monteleone is an intern at our company's Washington Bureau. Completing a master's degree at Northwestern University, he's writing D.C.-based stories that affect us in Del Norte County and at our sister paper in Sonora.

We hope each of these changes means not only more local news, but a greater variety of it, so that readers will receive the information they want.