Written by Darla Downs
John Plestina joined the staff of The Herald-News and The Searchlight as an editor Feb. 25.
Having worked as an editor, reporter and sports writer at daily and weekly newspapers since the 1980s, Plestina brings more than 25 years of experience to The Herald-News and Searchlight.
He recently worked for the newspapers in Roosevelt and Vernal, Utah, as an assistant editor. He has also worked as an editor and reporter at several other newspapers and twice as a daily newspaper sports editor.
Born and raised in the West, Plestina’s career has taken him to diverse locations that include Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, West Virginia and New England, where he has worked in Maine and Vermont.
A member of an Elks lodge in Utah, Plestina is transferring his membership to the Wolf Point lodge. Also, a member of the Lions for many years, he is hoping to become a member of the Wolf Point Lions.
Plestina is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, in Portland, Maine, and the University of Maine at Augusta.
The 830-mile trip from Roosevelt, Utah, to Wolf Point came after working Monday, Feb. 24, and was not without mishaps. The first calamity happened between Casper and Gillette, Wyo. The score for that one: GMC van 1, Pepe Le Pew 0. Yes, the skunk died. Later, a patch of ice on Montana Hwy. 200S, about 11 miles east of Circle, got him stuck in the snow for about three hours until a man who said his name was Mike came along with a pickup and a chain.
“The people here have been friendly and welcoming. I look forward to meeting everyone in the Wolf Point and Culbertson areas,” Plestina said.