While many move to the Sierra and its foothills for the beauty, the recreational resources, and the pleasures of living in a small community, some have been fortunate enough to grow up in our area. Susan Prince came to Alta, in Placer County, at seven when her family moved there from the Bay Area. Her father, Charles Prince, owned the Ford dealership in Colfax, Prince Ford, and her mother, Marilyn Prince, taught at the Colfax Elementary School for many years.
Susan attended Alta Grammar School and Colfax High School. Leaving for college in the Bay Area, then living in Belgium, Davis, and Sacramento, Susan moved back to the Alta/Dutch Flat area in 1988 with her second – and final – husband Jim. They built their home and are active volunteers in several local organizations, including the North Fork American River Alliance and the Golden Drift Historical Society. Jim also serves as a Placer County Park Commissioner.
Susan’s career included a brief stint teaching, 18 years in programming at KVIE Channel 6 in Sacramento, 3 years as an aide to the five Placer County supervisors, and 5+ years in the county public information office, where she managed the county website. Susan retired in 2004 and stepped up her volunteer activity, serving on the boards of the Dutch Flat Community Center and the Foothills Fiber Guild before joining the KVMR board in September 2012.
Active professionally and as a volunteer in public media since 1978, Susan believes public radio and television are essential to the US mediascape. They provide noncommercial alternatives in content and presentation to commercial media outlets, most owned by a few large companies. Public TV and radio are independent voices, reflecting and enhancing life in their own communities. KVMR is a local treasure and Susan is proud to be associated with the station.
Susan and Jim hike, camp, and travel, making many trips to the Southwest, as well as traveling to New Zealand and Tasmania, and Europe. Susan is an avid reader, knitter, spinner (fiber, not biking), and student of new technologies.