After more than 40 years in journalism, Sylvia Lobato retired on Dec. 28 as editor of Valley Publishing in Monte Vista. A reception was held on Friday for the San Luis Valley native who will continue to write her weekly column. Sylvia began her career stringing for the Pueblo Chieftain and then after finishing her college degree at Adams State she began working at the Valley Courier under the tutelage of “Doc” Kirby. She worked for many years at the Courier with a stint in Frisco before returning to the San Luis Valley and concluding her career at Valley Publishing. She looks forward to free-lancing and book writing as well as spending more time with husband Jake Gutierrez. Long used to signal the end of a reporter's story, Sylvia's career celebrates successful completion with -30-.