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In loving memory of

WALTER WICK FEB. 4, 1931 - DEC. 25, 2016

FRANCIS WICK, nephew, President and CEO, Wick Communications My Uncle was a man of style and wit and a gentleman who understood the stewardship of the company, the imperfections of humanity and how to support those around him to be the best person one could be. He was a steward of both Wick Communications and his family, recognizing his responsibilities to both. He regarded Wick Communications as a profession that contributed to the betterment of society, and the democracy in which we exist. He also understood the very core of business, and there were times when his influence in a decision was a very important one. I was blessed to have uncle Walt in my life, supporting me and demonstrating to me the importance of family and company.

I will cherish and certainly miss our many conversations around newspapering, business and politics. When talks centered around specific politicians, ones whom he didn’t think very much of, Uncle Walt would end the conversation with a quiet “God Bless him,” which demonstrated to me that no matter what he thought of a man, he believed every man deserved and needed, even if only from God, a note of compassion before judgment was passed. His impact is felt by many of us, and if we continue to carry on the virtues of his path, I know our family, and those we come into contact with, will be better for it. I Love you uncle Walt, and may your soul rest in peace!


WALTER WICK, 85, HELPED Champion Community Journalism

Walter M. Wick, 85, who with his brother Robert have guided ownership of Wick Communications for more than 50 years, died Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2016, following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Walter Wick was honored and fondly remembered at a community service Jan. 6 in Sierra Vista. He was an inductee in the Arizona Newspaper Association Hall of Fame and Publisher Emeritus of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review. “I was blessed as much as any brother ever could be with Walter’s presence in my life. We at times had our differences but we each knew our love transcended all problems,” Robert Wick said. “In my life this great soul is passed but his reverberation will ripple throughout all those who have known him.” The brothers purchased their uncle’s interest in Wick Communications in 1965, following his death. Their father, Milton Wick, and uncle James, founded the company when they acquired the family’s first newspaper in 1926 in Niles, Ohio.


Family members remain active in the business today, with Walter’s daughter, Rebecca Rogers, currently serving on the company’s board of directors; nephew Francis Wick serving as the President and CEO; and daughter Pat Wick is the Assistant General Manager at the Herald/Review. Her son, Andrew Saenz has served in different capacities, including advertising executive at the Daily Iberian in Louisiana; and in Arizona as director of advertising at the Green Valley News and regional business manager for the Green Valley News and Nogales International.


“Walt was a shepherd of the Wick family and stalwart of the Wick organization. His leadership and teachings have created a strong foundation for the company to continue under family ownership for years to come,” Francis Wick said. Walter and Robert Wick assumed full ownership of the company, which expanded to 27 publications, in 1981 following the death of their father. Wick Communications, under Walter and Robert’s stewardship, currently has holdings in 11 states, including publications in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., on the East Coast, Half Moon Bay in California, Wasilla, Ala., to the north and New Iberia, La., to the south.

“My brother Walter was a brilliantly unique human being. With a ferocious memory for literature, history, and newspapering,” Robert Wick said. Herald/Review Publisher Manuel Coppola, who serves as president of the ANA, said Wick’s support for community journalism has left an indelible mark in the industry’s history book. “Walter and Robert Wick were inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame for their devotion to newspapers and their support of community journalism,” Coppola said. Coppola came up through the Wick ranks and was recently named publisher of the flagship, The Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review. “Walt’s and Bob’s anecdotes about growing up in the newspaper business inspired those of us who were in the infancy of our careers in relation to their experience. Walt would take a genuine interest in you as a person, as a publisher and about the newspaper to which you were assigned,” Coppola said. “With that deep newspaper background and personal touch the brothers earned the respect of my fellow publishers and I who saw them — and still consider Bob — more as colleagues than corporate figureheads.” Friends and community members expressed sympathies and remembered Walter Wick as a poet, publisher, businessman and strong supporter of his community. “He was a wonderful conversationalist, listening carefully to the thoughts of others, and responding in a very thoughtful and profound manner. Even something as brief as a thank you note would be written in a poetic and thought-provoking manner,” said Sally Holcombe. Holcombe said it has been more than 30 years since she and her late husband met Walt Wick.

“Everyone who knew Walt knew of his devotion to and concern for his family and friends,” she said. Walter was born at Northside Hospital, in Youngstown,

Ohio on Feb. 4, 1931 to Milton and Rosemary (Lomas) Wick of Niles. He was born into a pioneering Norwegian family of Lutheran and Presbyterian pastors and ministers. He attended Washington Junior High School and McKinley High School, both of Niles, graduating in 1949. He attended college at Kent State University and the University of Minnesota. Walter married Joyce M. Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn., in June of 1951 and then moved and worked as a publisher of the Niles Daily Times until 1961. He also served a term as president of the Niles Chamber of Commerce. In 1962 Wick and his family of four children (soon to be six) moved to Williston, N.D., where he was publisher of the Williston Daily Herald for 14 years. They lived there until Walter was needed in Arizona when his father became ill and following the death of his teenage son, Thomas Walter in 1973. Walter was named publisher of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review and also served as president of the board of directors of Wick News, Inc. for many years. Continued on Page 3

Rebecca Rogers, daughter

When I think about the many things I learned from my dad, a few rise to the forefront of my mind and heart. I think of these as bountiful gifts in my life. Moments in time that have lasting positive impact in my daily life. Here are a two of my moments.

Rebecca Rogers, Beverly and Walter, Joe and Victoria DeFrancesco, Jon Wick, 2016. Continued from Page 2

He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Walter, 16, in 1973, and nephew, Stanley Walter, 17, in 1980, and his former wife, Joyce M. Wick in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Beverly E. (Sullivan), with whom he was first acquainted with in Niles during junior and senior high school. Beverly and Walter’s courtship was resumed in 2004 during a 55th high school reunion and they were married and moved to Sierra Vista in 2009. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Bob) J. (Estellean) Wick of Bisbee, his children, Robert (Robin) M. (Linda Golya) and Jonathan P. (Theresa Sowersby) both of Hereford, Christopher M. of Phoenix, Patricia Wick (Samuel Zackey) and Rebecca Rogers, both of Sierra Vista and Martha Lundin (Steve Frye) of Waukesha, Wisc., Grandchildren, Andrew J. (Jerusha) Saenz of Sahuarita, Morganna (John) Guzzon of Mesa, John (Claribel) Saenz of Willcox, Fiona Rogers of Tucson, Neville Wick of Flagstaff, Jessica Beam of Bronx, N.Y., and Lucas Bostrom of Olympia, Wash., Teryl (Callie) Murray of Show Low and Tyler (Larry Eberly) Murray of Tucson; great grandchildren, Zane, AJ, Markus, Danika and Matthew, Emyt, Meryn, Sara and Maximino. He is further survived by his nephews Francis (Amanda), Nathan (Tera), and Horace Wick and nieces Cornelia (Alan) Gun, Rosemary Wick and stepchildren Tom (Karen) Caswelch and Doug (Coleen) Caswell, their families and former wife, Joellen (Fisher) Wick.

When I was nine I was hurt at school during recess. It was my turn to choose the game we would play that day. I chose softball, my favorite. I was late joining my classmates on the field because I had to complete an assignment. When I joined them, they opened a space for me at the front of the line. I stepped into place and the game resumed. This curtesy resulted in my standing too close to the batter and with the next swing of the bat I was hit in the mouth by that bat. Later that night, after visits to the emergency room and the dentist to stitch up my lip and remove the remains of my new permanent front teeth, I was standing at the end of the hall in our home, looking in the mirror and giving my mouth a serious inspection. I was starting to freak out, thinking how I looked like a monster. Lucky for me, my dad saw me standing there on the verge of tears. He gathered me up in his arms, carried me to ‘his’ chair, sat me on his lap and looked me in the eye and said, ‘You, are OK. Your mouth is hurt, but You are OK.’

What a wonderful gift to know that things, even bad things, could

and would happen to me in life, but I would remain okay. Unlike most 16-year-old American teenagers’ I was not begging my parents to have my driver’s license. I had lost my brother due to car accident and I wasn’t sure that driving was something I wanted to do. I was content to let others do that. Soon after that birthday, my dad sat me down and said, ‘It’s time you learned to drive.’ I indicated that I was not interested in learning to drive. He told me, ‘As a passenger you have no control, you are at the mercy of every driver on the road. Most particularly, you are at the mercy of the driver whose car you are in,’ and that was not OK with him. He went on to say that he would teach me to drive and make sure I was an excellent driver. Additionally, he would make sure I had a car available to me. I went on to be the primary driver of my group of friends through high school. He gave me the gift of control and independence. Looking back, he gave himself some small measure of reduced worry for my safety. Every parent worries about their child when they are out of their sight, particularly a teenager on the road. My brother was the passenger in a onecar accident. It’s amazing he could let me out of the house at all. He also gave me the gift of not living in fear.


Walter and his brother were elected to the Arizona Newspaper Association Hall of Fame in 2004, and also received the Presidential Medallion from Kent State University as the co-founder (along with brother Robert) of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in memory of his son Thomas, and his nephew, Stanley. Wick also established the Walter Wick Family Foundation with the Arizona Community Foundation and contributed most significantly, along with other family members to the Sierra Vista Boys and Girls Club Building Fund. Walter’s interests, outside of being with and loving his family, included newspapers, literature, history and poetry. He loved bird watching, fine dining, and caring for his dachshunds. He was always up on the latest news, New York Times book reviews, and health information.



Walt with daughter, Rebecca Rogers, 2016.



The effects of A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS Patricia,


First, please allow me to express my condolences on the death of your father. Though you do not know me, and I doubt Walt would remember me, he has had a profound effect on my life and is a man I will never forget even though our paths crossed but once. If you will allow me to tell you a story explaining this.


In 1976, I was a student at St. John’s University in Minnesota. I volunteered to help the United Farm Workers in La Paz California during our winter break. Myself and friend hitchhiked and hopped trains to California because neither one of us had a car. At any rate, after the month ended, we started hitch hiking back to Minnesota and opted to take a southern route on interstate 8 to stay in a warm climate as long as possible, it was the end of January. We got stranded in Gila Bend for about 48 hours and were pretty desperate for a ride and food after having not eaten in about 24 hours. As college students this was an eternity. As luck would have it, a Black Chevy Blazer stopped and picked us up late in the afternoon. I jumped into the front seat and my friend into the back. The driver introduced himself as Walter Wick and went on to explain that he was in the newspaper business. He then asked me when the last time it was that we had eaten, I told him it had been a while. Walter took us to a restaurant in a town I was not familiar with, I think it may have been Tucson, the restaurant was very nice and he told me that he had eaten there several times and it was pretty good. Walter bought my friend and I dinner, I believe we had steaks, it was fantastic. Walter asked me if I had ever tried a “Manhattan”, I told him no, and he said that he was going to

order me one and that I would love it, I did, all three of them. After dinner Walt asked if we would like to crash at his house, it was a ways away, but he said we could flop on the living room floor. I told him thank you, but that we needed to get our behinds back to Minnesota and wanted to get an early start the next day. Well, he took us to a motel off the freeway and told the person at the motel office that “These boys can have anything they like, make sure they have a good breakfast.” He shook my hand and said “Good luck in life Dave, it was nice to meet you.” With that he left. I have told this story literally hundreds of times, it was profoundly impactful on my life. My daughter entered the newspaper business, as an intern at the Arizona Republic for two years and now as a reporter for the Daily Sun in Flagstaff. She has heard the story of this generous man more than once. As I opened the Arizona Republic this morning and saw the article on Walter, a couple of tears were shed, and the memory of a man who unknowingly touched my life so deeply flooded through me. I apologize for the length of this email, I could really go on much longer. I wish I had reached out to Walt while he was alive and let him know that I will always be grateful for the kindness he showed me and my friend, it is one of those things in my life that I regret not doing. I hope you will share this story with family and know that I will always remember Walt fondly and I am proud that my daughter is in the same line of work as that wonderful man. David B. Vanek

Editor’s note: Patricia Wick has decided to share a letter that was sent to her following the passing of her father, Walter Wick on Dec. 25, 2016. The family was so touched with the story, they decided to share this with the community on a day where random acts of kindness are celebrated. David B. Vanek lives in Phoenix and happened to see the obituary in The Arizona Republic. Patricia Wick believes this letter exemplifies the definition of a random act of kindness.

Letter written to Robert (Bob) Wick, from brother Walt MARCH 27, 2002 Bob Aaah, Brother, don’t let time vex thee, Accept the impossibility of loneliness While I live, for we are Brothers in place And time, wrapped with the skin and bone And blood our Mother and Father wove us. Just the two of us, so that even when one alone Stands before the Son, the shadow is double And falls both before and behind Knowing each travels with two hearts Captured in the one of us. So, Brother, when it comes and cancellation Marks the stamp with the letter sent, Don’t worry about being left behind, No time will vex three, Brother, but Me. Love, Walt P.S. Unlike the stamp, Love knows No cancellation. W.

Easier Said Than Done: MY FATHER, MY FRIEND


Patricia Wick, daughter from her Sierra Vista Herald column:

JUNE 18, 2010

Our lives are often defined by our relationship with our father. For all the positive and negative aspects of those relationships, it is worse for a life to be defined by a father’s absence. Walt and Beverly Wick


There are newspaper companies, and then there are families that produce newspapers. I’ve worked for both. I prefer the latter. That selfknowledge is one of Walt Wick’s lesser legacies. Thirteen years ago, I came to work for Walt and Bob Wick as the new editor of the Half Moon Bay Review. By then I had 20 years of experience working for larger newspaper companies. I did important work that I thoroughly enjoyed. I covered U.S. presidents, Ku Klux Klan marches and the Olympic Games. I worked a thousand government meetings. I wrote short briefs and long takes. But I had never been a part of a work family.

The newspapers the Wick brothers nurtured have become like family themselves in places like Williston, N.D., and Sierra Vista, Ariz. Folks complain about negativity in the media, but the daily business of his newspapers is most often a matter of recording the progress of our hometowns. Mothers clip school honor rolls. Teachers hand out newspapers for classroom discussions. High school seniors email links of graduation photos. Such is the life work of Walt Wick, who was never in the company of strangers for long. —

Clay Lambert

My dad and I, we go way back. Yes, obviously back more than 50 years, although neither of us can believe we’ve been around that long.

My dad was one of those who, when we asked, “Can I go to the movies?” would say, “I don’t know; can you?” We would groan, of course, at these constant grammatical corrections, but, that was my dad. He liked to toy with us — stealing our nose and such — and I learned to poke back when I could. He’d tell you I have refined that poke to a very sharp point, as only a daughter can. But I can tell you he started it. He says when I was born, he took one look at me and wondered how his little girl could be so revolting — I was yellow, for God’s sake. (I was jaundiced.) He says he learned to love me anyway. If that’s not starting it, I don’t know what is. A love of language is something my father and I share, so it’s fun to engage him in conversation. There is little ego between us, a

My father is smarter than I am; he reads more, understands more — he’s just got a great brain. I think he’d say I’ve got a great heart; so we’re a perfect match. Our verbal engagements are like sitting down to a good meal to be shared and enjoyed — we both come away nourished even if we occasionally fight over the last piece of chicken. In the end, there is always laughter and affection. Who could ask for more? My father is not perfect; but as a former perfectionist, I can vouch for the exquisite pain of seeking or expecting perfection. Love is a wonderful bridge for all the gaps in human relationships. We have made peace with our father-daughter learning experiences and still look forward to knowing each other for years to come. This is a wonderful thing loving my father has taught me. My sons are now fathers and I’ve told them I still find being a parent exciting. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I hope you see parenting as an exciting part of your life’s journey and that you believe a loving relationship with your children is more than worth the effort.

JOHN MATHEW Former CEO, Wick Communications My fondest memory of Walt was his absolute passion about the community newspaper industry and a community newspaper’s ability, and even more, obligation to be a tool for the common good of the community, and to stick up for what was right and to stick up for those who would otherwise not have a voice. I fondly remember him telling about his father, Milt, taking on the unsavory side of the street in Niles, Ohio, and prevailing. Walt always put the role of the newspaper providing for the common good of the community ahead of financial and other concerns.


That changed when I came to Wick Communications, and that is due in no small part to Walt Wick. He was not some aloof executive seen only in the portrait of an annual report. He was the stately father figure of our company. He was present in all Wick Communications discussions even though he had the good sense to leave day-to-day decisions to the people he hired. After I became his company’s editorial director I always felt his benevolent presence in my work life.

I am fortunate to adore my father. Not that we didn’t have our ups and downs, but I believe a happy life is best achieved when we make peace with the difficult aspects of our childhoods so we can move on to having more power over our lives as adults.

fair amount of honesty and a lot of love, so a conversation can sometimes be like prize fighting with words. We fling our opinions left and right, ducking, weaving, a left jab, a right hook and a few sucker punches — even if it gets a little personal, we are still having fun. Our goal is always to engage the heart and mind of the other as we express ourselves and explore this human condition we both share and suffer from.




Walter with Jonathan and Patricia, 2016

HIS LOVE TOOK MANY FORMS Martha Lundin, daughter

The first time I thought about what I would want to say about Walt, the word that immediately popped into my head was “love.” His love took many forms: passion, protectiveness, enthusiasm and joy - to name a few - but overall, Walt loved. It was apparent in the way he spoke and acted that, he loved his wife, Bev; he thought the world of his parents, Milt and Rosemary; he adored his brother Bob; he cherished his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and delighted in his extended family and friends . . . and Walt was crazy about his “little buddies” Ranger, Blackie and Bizzy (dachshunds).

Walt loved eating at Veneto Trattoria, which was in Scottsdale; drinking coffee and snacking on chocolate.


He loved talking about current events and the political scene ...but I don’t think he really loved some of the politicians!


Walt loved books - so much so that he covered every flat surface he had with stacks of books. He loved poetry, unusual words, a finely-tuned phrase, beautiful art and the New Yorker cartoons.

Martha Lundin and Walter And, when I first met Walt, he was a Minnesota Vikings fan, but I worked him over until he sort of loved the Green Bay Packers, too! Finally, I can’t neglect to mention something he loved with a deep passion: tomatoes. That was legendary love. Walt lived his life with love. Thank you, Walt, for your remarkable example. It was my great privilege to know you and to be loved by you.

JOE DEFRANCESCO Retired Attorney, Sierra Vista resident Not only was Walt my good and dear friend, he was fun to be with. He had a breadth of knowledge of life, literature, politics and business. He was a true renaissance man. Walt was also a man of generosity. When I mentioned to him that The Italian American club I belonged to was trying to raise money for a project to help the homeless he said he would, and did, give half the money needed.

Like the calving glacier Trembling on the edge Fissures seen and unseen Make their way, their own path Small and imperceptible at first, Grow and gather strength No favorable conditions Can change their course Only slowed for a time But on comes the inevitable Breaking of the bonds Formed over the ages Layer upon layer The secret life of glaciers finally exposed None of the strength from its youth left To hold it together Onlookers stare in wonder With wide open eyes Mouths agape Unconscious of their own spectacle As the mother glacier Calves giving birth to Not another glacier but to An Iceberg Who in the protective care of its parent Seems safe for so many millennia Touring the work of its forefathers The great canyons the childhood home Of snow and ice, rock and sand Lost now to the relentless and hungry sea Alone and melting tears of fresh water Mix with the salt brought by the currents From the farthest reaches of the world Mingled now and made common But still with some shaky promise To one day return to the mountain top As a flake of snow or sleet Nestled into again loving embrace

In the early 1970’s my dad and I had driven from North Dakota to Arizona and were heading back to North Dakota, and one night we stopped in Farmington, N.M. (which lies between three major Indian reservations). That evening we took in a movie at the local theater; it was Chato’s Land, a 1972 movie with Charles Bronson as Chato, a half-breed in New Mexico, about 1870. I took a look around the inside of the theater and noticed that I was the only blonde in the whole place. During the movie, Chato, who was the hero, was at odds with the U.S. Cavalry and every time Chato would make a move against them, the theater broke out in hooting, hollering and cheering. I was probably about 20, but I still thought to myself “Boy, am I glad I’m with my dad.”

STEVE PHILLIPS, Chairman of the Board, Wick Communications At six years, I knew Walt for less time than many. However, during that relatively short period, I knew him as a true newspaperman, business leader and gentleman. He was a wonderful larger-than-life person who leaves behind an incredible legacy. Christopher and Robin Wick, working on new Sierra Vista Herald remodel, 2016

MY DAD (WALT) Christopher Wick, son

My dad (Walt) loved to refine the smaller parts of life. He found comfort in the pens all being in one place, or his socks being rolled and stored in a certain way. This was especially true when it came to books, information and words. He seldom said “you know what I mean” as a shortcut in conversation without a note of regret in his voice. This is why he loved poetry so much. It was the highest refinement of expression and he seemed to find a well wrought phase more substantial than almost anything.

Both Bob and Walt made a deep impression on me that day with their humanity, authenticity and love of Wick Communications and community journalism. I left Sierra Vista that evening to return home to Phoenix and on the three-hour drive north, I resolved to myself that, as a director, I would constantly strive to apply those values and try to match their dedication to this company.

TOM YUNT, Former CEO, Wick Communications Some of my fondest memories of Walt (and as Roger Grier dubbed them… “the Brothers Wick”) are the memories from the many lunch meetings that Walt, Bob and I shared during my tenure as Wick Communications’ CEO. The topics of our meetings were diverse and varied… normally liberally sprinkled with Walt sharing reviews of the latest book he was reading (and Walt Wick was the most veracious reader I have ever encountered!), the most recent movie he had recently shared with Bev, a wide range of world topics from around the globe… and of course, poetry (and Walt was a poet at heart!). Invariably, the discussion would shift to boyhood stories from Walt’s youth and before my very eyes, Walt and Bob would transform once again to the big brother and little brother of 10 and 8. They always left the meetings by hugging and telling each other that they loved one another. I will always cherish my special time with Walt and “the Brothers Wick” and the valuable life lessons I learned from such a truly wonderful man and gentleman.

Walt is much missed by all who know him.

David Hassler, Director, Wick Poetry Center, Kent State University, Ohio Walter Wick loved books. He loved what books can do for us, how they can open our eyes and hearts to new worlds of possibilities. Walt’s deep passion for the transformative power of literature and his love for the Wick Poetry Center, which he founded with his brother Bob in 1984, (in memory of their sons, Thomas and Stanley) remains a constant source of inspiration to me. It is truly one of my life’s greatest blessings to have gotten to know Walt and to feel his living legacy in all the many ways that we bring poetry to people’s everyday lives and encourage new voices.


He marveled at a line of my poetry in which I described a cloud and the wind in the trees. He would reference it with a look of fascination and encourage me to repeat it, and would bring it up on his computer when I couldn’t, to remind me. This small piece of life was a great reference point for me over the last ten years. In his efforts to express himself, to parse out those elusive phrases in his own writing, he seemed reassured that I had penned at least one of note. He meant for me to see it as a profound accomplishment no matter how fleeting the effort at the time. He was happy for me and often fell to silence after repeating my line of poetry with his eyes cast out the window to see my words in the sky, one of the highest compliments I have ever known.

I remember the first time I met Walt. It was January 2011 and I was in Sierra Vista to meet the board of Wick Communications with a view to becoming a board director. Instantly engaging, Walt made an immediate impact on me. Hearing my British accent, he started talking with me about British history - I’m embarrassed to say that he knew more about medieval England than me! Walt was one of the best read individuals I have ever met. He was a voracious reader and had an incredible breadth of knowledge.






INDEX Wick Corporate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sierra Vista Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-13 Arizona Range News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 The Daily Iberian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19 The Douglas Dispatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 The Eastern Arizona Courier & The Copper Era . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 San Pedro Valley, Benson News-Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Green Valley News & Sahuarita Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Half Moon Bay Review . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Capital Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Nogales International . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 The Frontiersman, Anchorage Press & The Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33

BELIEVE – In what we do

UNIQUE – Provide a new experience for your customers (readers/advertisers)

Wahpeton, Daily News . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35 The Williston Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Montrose Daily Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Sidney Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Argus Observer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

INNOVATE – Our business, the processes and vision

LEAD – By example; our people and community SPRING 2017

DISCIPLINED – In financial and operational management




TRANSITIONS TO A FRESH BEGINNING We can and will perform better Francis Wick, President and CEO Wow… 2016 was a transitional year for Wick. We experienced a tremendous amount of change within the operations and at the corporate office. As the old adage goes, change is never easy but we all recognize it’s a constant part of our lives and profession. First off, I’d like to thank all of the Wick Communication employees for your generous support and outreach following the loss of Walter M. Wick. Walter’s passing was swift. He did not experience long periods of pain and provided his loved ones with just enough time to say goodbye. His contributions will forever be missed, but his mark will be lasting on the organization. A few days after Walter’s passing, Wick Communications lost Jack Tierney, a member of the Wick board of directors, who died unexpectedly. Jack was a very strong contributor to the Wick board and provided a level of independence and oversight that benefited the organization. Our company is better off for having Jack and his contributions to help improve the organization. To top it off, our financial outcomes were well below average for the year.


For all intents and purposes the year didn’t end well. So where do we go from here?


From my vantage point we know we need to do better, we can do better, and we will do better. Wick benchmarks compare our performance with other family-owned companies. (These

include Pioneer, Swift, Shaw, Hagadone, Rust and others.) The data clearly indicates we under perform our peers by a large extent. What that means is we all have an opportunity to improve our respective organizations irrespective of industry trends. That’s a positive for us to focus on.

We know change will continue to occur within our business and as stakeholders of our operations we have to be open and willing to capitalize on it. The first quarter has started slow, but we have a lot of excitement at hand. New publisher Christina Pierce has hit the ground running in New Iberia, building up profitability and debuting some new events. Pierce launched a new event titled “20 under 40” that honors 20 different community members, all under the age of 40, making a positive impact on the community. Initial results indicate nearly 200 community members attended. What a great way to demonstrate to the market the organization’s leadership and value. Kudos, Christina. Events in our markets have strong potential for us if considered and executed correctly. A few of our markets have benefited from the engagement of Mike Blinder, a sales consultant who shares insights with local business owners about the fractured advertising landscape and why partnering with the local newspaper is so critical to their marketing success. To date, the

Blinder initiative has produced greater than $100,000 in base advertising in Sierra Vista, Williston/Sidney, and Wasilla/Anchorage. We have high hopes of similar results in New Iberia and Montrose in the coming months. Cindy Hefley and Alessia Alaimo are spearheading the launch of additional digital verticals for our local advertisers. This suite of services will allow us to compete with pure play agencies and take back market share once lost to Yellow Pages and Dex. These verticals will allow us to leverage programmatic advertising as geo targeting and geo fencing tactics. If it sounds techy, it’s because it is and a lot of local people are spending money on it. Sometimes we just need to focus on the basics and consider what worked long ago may still work again. Former CEO John Mathew shared some encouraging news about “progress” editions at the company he currently consults with. Progress editions have fallen off in past years for many reasons, including the amount of work they take, but the results are encouraging. We will have a companywide initiative for this pursuit this year. We’ve had some challenges this year but we also have really strong and capable people ready to provide solutions for us to succeed. I know that gets me excited and encouraged about the future of Wick.


TANTALIZE THOSE TASTE BUDS Celebrity chefs compete for votes Dana Cole | SIERRA VISTA -- Twenty local “celebrity chefs” wowed the community Saturday with tantalizing dishes they created representing cuisines from all over the world. “Men Who Cook” is an event organized as an annual fundraiser for the Sierra Vista Symphony where 20 celebrity chefs partner with a sous chef and prepare a dish they hope will impress judges and win votes from the public. Around 250 people packed Columbia Hall on Kayetan Drive on Saturday for the 10th annual Men Who Cook event, which raised $10,000 for the symphony. The chefs and sous chefs team up and choose a favorite dish they want to showcase from one of five categories appetizer, soup, salad, entree or dessert and prepare the dish for the community to taste. The food samplings represent enticing dishes from this country as well as Japan, Germany, France and Mexico, to name some of the international flavors represented. Each team

decorates their station with a theme that fits the dish they prepare. The event includes a People’s Choice award, with votes based on the amount of money each team raises, made through cash donations that are stashed in a bucket at each station. Dressed as chili peppers, Sheriff Mark Dannels and his sous chef partner Mark Gnez served up a slow cooker enchilada casserole they dubbed “South of the Border Delight.” While their dish did not win the entree first place, they did win a Best Presentation second place for the way they decorated the station. In the food categories, John Elam won the appetizer vote for his spring rolls, Jeremy Montoya the soup honors for his Mexican Corn Chowder, Charlie Narburg’s Symphony Salad got the salad win, Bill Tucker was the entree winner with Shrimp Etoufee and the dessert went to father-son team, Keith and Benjamin Andrews for Cannoli Birthday Pie. Brothers Nathan and Aaron Arsenault won the people’s choice award for Bakin’ Brothers’ Maple Bacon Cupcakes. “I thought everything I sampled was absolutely amazing,” said Nancy Hessler, a long-time symphony supporter and one of the event’s six judges. “This was one of our best events yet. The food was incredible and the booths were the most fabulously decorated that I’ve seen. It’s just a positive, fun affair, something I look forward to every year.”

Cal Downey described the preparation that went into his team’s “Hill Country

Sierra Vista’s favorite emcee Les Orchekowsky - who doubles as owner of Ace Hardware stores in different Cochise County communities - kept the evening moving and crowd entertained with his impromptu style. “This year, or event was fantastic, said Barbara Arsenault, Sierra Vista Symphony executive director. “We had returning chefs, we had new chefs and there was just a lot of energy and excitement in the event. I felt like the stations were amazing all through the room. Everyone really outdid themselves this year.”

MEN WHO COOK 2017 The Chefs, Sous Chefs and dishes they prepare: Kenneth and Benjamin Andrews – Cannoli Birthday Pie Nathan and Aaron Arsenault – Bakin’ Brothers’ Maple Bacon Cupcakes Peter Bergsneider and Lance Alley – Brownie Delight Richard Cayer and Ed Alexander – Stuffed Grape Leaves with Eggplant Coulis Dr. Willie Cochran and Allyn Nock – Creamy Mushroom & Leek Soup Sheriff Mark Dannels and Mark Genz – South of the Border Delight Cal Downey, Kevin Enright & Chris Killingsworth – Hill Country Pulled Pork John Elam, Donald Pieper & Kevin Adams – Spring Rolls & Gyoza William Hagerl and Gary Ottaviano – Meatloaf sliders Terry Kimberly and Sam Hardwick – Honey Nut Cream Puffs Skip Lyttle and Tom Tharp – Hirschgulashuppe John Marvin and Steve Bortman – Kicking Horse Sundae Marc Molinari and Larry Carter – Meatball Calabrese Jeremy Montoya and John Newton – New Mexico Corn Chowder Charlie Narburg Saul Picardo – Orchestra Hor-D’oeuvres Eric Potvin and Craig Mount – Steak and Stuff Dr. J.D. Rottweiler and Chris Przylucki – Cochise College Crepes Toru Tagawa and Roger Harris – Maestro’s Chicken Teriyaki Bill Tucker and Michael Boardman – Shrimp Etoufee Scott Weiss and Tyler Weiss – Tyler’s Tremendous Tortilla Soup The six judges: Melanie Godwin • Paula Klein • Maranatha Struse Dorothy Schaefer • Mary James • Nancy Hessler


Some of the dishes took a few hours to make, while others were far more involved.

Pulled Pork,” a dish that won rave reviews though it did not win the entree category. “Our preparation for the event started on Thursday with dry rubbing our pork butts with a special blend of Texas Hill Country herbs and spices,” he said. “Early afternoon on Friday, we start the 25 hour smoking process with the apple and cherry wood.” On Saturday morning the pork butts are sealed in foil with hard apple cider. “Near the end of the cooking, it was time to caramelize sweet onions in a signature peat smoked “BlondFire” beer. “This bite-sized offering is served in crusty filo cups with a zesty topping of raspberry chipotle sauce, charred pineapple bourbon sauce, or both, for those who choose to try two,” Downey said, while describing what went into preparing the pulled pork.




Cross-border communication between Border Patrol and Federales efforts increases, improves in recent years Emily Thurlow | When a problem is shared, a solution should be as well. And when it comes to safety and security issues faced on both sides of the border, in recent years, that line that separates Mexico and the United States has opened another line that many might not expect: communication. “[Our communication] is the best we’ve had in recent years,” explained Michael Hyatt, who serves as the patrol agent in charge with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection out of the Brian A. Terry Station in Naco, during an interview with the Herald/Review and tour of the construction along the border. As part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol is primarily tasked with preventing terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States and enforcing the nation’s immigration laws between official ports of entry. And with that mission in mind, Vicente E. Paco, external communications branch chief and Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent, said that the agency works closely with strategic partners in Mexico. Among the activity monitored in Mexico is tunnel infrastructure and new attempts.


“This ongoing relationship continues to improve the quality of life on both sides of the border,” he explained. “Success from Operations like ‘Double Threat’ are great tools to measure binational cooperation.”


As a result of Operation Double Threat, which was deployed last spring, 467 individuals and more than 25,000 pounds of marijuana were apprehended. According to Paco, illegal entries in the city of Nogales decreased by 44 percent during the operation and more than $250,000 (U.S.) and $16,392 Mexican Pesos were also seized.

“The focused efforts between both governments also resulted in the identification of 11 stolen vehicles found in Mexico,” he said. During a number of notable incidents like these, Border Patrol has been able to directly connect with “key” Mexican officials to seek common solutions to shared problems as a way to improve security and safety along the two countries’ border. “We can’t have a safe border environment here if we don’t with them there,” said Hyatt. Working Together In regards to arrest, when Border Patrol arrests any person, they are taken into a temporary holding facility at the respective arresting station. In the temporary holding facility, Paco said biographical information is taken from the arrestee and they are fingerprinted and photographed and record checks are run on multiple databases. “Arrested persons are held at the respective stations for the shortest possible term and once identification of an arrested person is conducted, they are sent to the Tucson Sector Coordination Center,” he said. “This center is a hub for persons leaving Border Patrol custody to either another law enforcement agency, a longer term custody, court or immigration proceedings, repatriation arrangements, or another of holding facility.” Typically, when working with local law enforcement partners, arrests are handled by the agency that initiated the enforcement action. Jurisdictional and immigration laws, however, do play a role in the ultimate outcome of an arrest.

“We can’t have a safe border environment here if we don’t with them there.” Michael Hyatt, Patrol Agent in Charge, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Through a collaborative effort with the government of

Mexico, Paco said authorities have conducted mirrored patrol operations that are designed to disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations. One patrol that’s conducted near international boundaries — and coastlines — in areas of Border Patrol jurisdiction are “linewatch” operations. These patrols are intended to prevent the illegal entry and smuggling of aliens into the country as well as a way to intercept those who do enter illegally before they attempt to escape from border areas. “U.S. authorities use a targeted enforcement approach to decrease the number of illegal entries in high-traffic areas along the US/Mexico border,” he said. Additionally, CBP Border Patrol works closely with their partners from all levels of the Mexican government. “Liaison agents meet with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from Mexico to exchange information about issues related to border security, which is a shared priority for both countries,” Paco said. “This type of solidarity with our Mexican partners continues to enhance the safety of our communities on both sides of the border. By cultivating and maintaining key relationships, we have enhanced the trust needed to work on our common goals.”



DOUGLAS — Cochise County is working with a private investment company on development of a commercial port of entry west of the existing facility in downtown Douglas. Property owned by Ardent Investments is being proposed for construction of a “commercial-only” port, handling freight and cargo containers crossing the international border. The property is located south of an existing U.S. Border Patrol station on Highway 80, and immediately east of James Ranch Road. Paul Fiel, managing member of Ardent Investments, LLC said the company has reached out to county, state and federal officials to build support for construction of a new facility that would reduce the wait time for commercial traffic now crossing the border. Fiel said cars and pedestrians would continue to use the existing port of entry located in downtown Douglas. “This is a solution that provides security while it addresses a need to make it easier for commercial traffic to get across the border,” Fiel said this week. “We believe having that locating a port of entry that is dedicated to handling cargo and freight will spur private investment for the entire region.” Paul’s brother, Lt. Gen., Eric Fiel, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (retired) and Ardent Investments member, said construction of a dedicated commercial port will immediately improve security on the Southwest border.

The plan put forth by Ardent Investments would use federal funds construct a new port of entry, while

Private “equity partners” would invest in the surrounding 608.5 acres of property available around the proposed site, Paul Fiel said. “Ardent Investments, LLC has proactively aligned national security, federal acquisition, information technology, legal and private equity partners to help ensure the area becomes an economic engine for security and commerce related activities,” he said. Cochise County Administrator Ed Gilligan discussed the port of entry proposal with Paul and Eric Fiel within the past month. Gilligan said the project is consistent with the Board of Supervisors’ initiative to address economic development throughout Cochise County. Board members gathered for a meeting on strategic goals March 21 and came away from the session agreeing on the importance of taking a leadership role on projects that have an economic impact on the region. Construction of a commercial port of entry, and the possible renovation of the existing facility in downtown Douglas would deliver a significant impact on local economies throughout the region, Gilligan said. “Supervisors recognized the importance of facilitating commercial traffic and improving border security, which construction of a new commercial port would accomplish,” Gilligan said. The Douglas Port accounts for nearly $4 billion in trade through two-way truck traffic, which has grown by 5 percent a year since 2010. Planned infrastructure improvements on the Mexico side of the border also make construction of a “commercial only” port of entry an attractive investment for private interests, Paul Fiel said.

Fiel said improvements at the Guaymas, Mexico seaport and extension of a railroad corridor to Agua Prieta — the city that shares the border immediately south of Douglas — will provide a path for international transport to the Eastern United States, through a Cochise County commercial port. “Mexico has already started a $123 million improvement of its seaport in Guaymas and a modern, secure and fast port of entry makes it feasible to ship freight and cargo by rail and truck through the Southwest,” Paul Fiel said. Supervisor and board chairperson Ann English, who represents District 2, which includes Douglas, met with Eric and Paul Fiel last month. In addition to county officials, the Ardent Investment brothers have met with state Sen. Gail Griffin, U.S. Rep. Congresswoman Martha McSally, R-Ariz. and Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, all within the past month.

McSally has been an outspoken supporter of constructing a new port of entry in Douglas. “Modernizing the Douglas Port of Entry would provide critical economic vitalization to Cochise County, the state of Arizona, and the entire nation,” she said. “This port brings in billions in revenue from cross border economic activity but lacks the infrastructure it needs to meet current or future commerce demands.” McSally said since her election to Congress, she has urged the Department of Homeland Security and the previous Administration to prioritize the Douglas Port of Entry project, and successfully pushed for Customs and Border Protection to include the project in its five-year plan. “I will continue to advocate for an expanded and upgraded Douglas Port of Entry with the new presidential administration,” McSally said.


“From a border security perspective it is obvious,” Eric Fiel said. “All Arizonans, especially landowners, are concerned about securing our southern border and this solution provides better security while it makes it possible for more commercial traffic to enter and leave the state.”

state funds would pay for expansion of James Ranch Road, between the border and Highway 80, a distance of 1.7 miles.




TO DISCUSS STATE OF SE ARIZONA Ainslee S. Wittig / Arizona Range News U.S. Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy made an informal stop in Willcox just two weeks prior to the 2016 November election. While meant for area mayors and friends of McCain and not intended for the press, the Arizona Range News was able to convince McCain to let us cover the event and ask limited questions. Arizona Mayors Bob Irvin of Willcox, Bob Rivera of Thatcher and Chris Gibbs of Safford, along with 14-year Graham County Supervisor and Arizona State House LD 14 Rep. Drew John (then a candidate), Graham County Republican Party Chairman John Rhodes and Keith Alexander of Safford spent an hour and a half discussing area issues at Coronado Vineyards. McCain discussed some of Arizona’s biggest challenges, including the economy, fire danger, water shortage, border security and veterans.


To close, McCain said, “These are tough times, but would you rather live in Russia or China? We’ve come through tough times before and I wouldn’t bet against the United States of America.”


McCain, a Republican, is a U.S. Navy Veteran and has been a senator for Arizona since 1986, as well as a representative for four years prior to that. He was also the Republican nominee for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, but lost to Barack Obama. In 2016, McCain was re-elected to the U.S. Senate.

Steve Reno and Ainslee Wittig visit with U.S. Sen. John McCain just before the November 2016 election at Coronado Vineyards winery in Willcox. PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO COURTESY / MCCAIN STAFF

AT THE RANGE NEWS Ainslee S. Wittig / Arizona Range News

Willcox resident Dwight English won the grand prize for the Arizona Range News’ 12 Weeks of Christmas grand giveaway on Dec. 21, 2016.


HOLIDAY SPIRIT English had the winning ticket from thousands turned in at 14 participating area businesses over a 12-week period beginning at the end of September through the week before Christmas. He received a 43-inch Smart LG TV from Appliance Mart in Willcox. His ticket was entered at participating business, Big Tex BBQ. Also at the end of the 13 weeks, Mary Womack, of Willcox, won a $250 gift certificate from Sierra Lumber of Willcox, and Mike Robson, of Willcox, won a $250 gift certificate from Stronghold Feed & Supply. Womack’s ticket was entered at Sierra Lumber and Robson’s at Cochise Credit Union. Each of the participating businesses were part of a weekly full-page color ad for the 12 Weeks of Christmas, and a $100 gift certificate or cash prize – one from each business – was given away weekly to a person whose ticket was drawn from that particular business. (On some weeks two were given away!) The winners were listed each week in the ad. The Arizona Range News’ holiday spirit has brought joy – and gifts! – to Willcox residents for more than a decade.

Dwight English, of Willcox, holds the grand prize 43-inch Smart LG TV for the Arizona Range News’ 12 Weeks of Christmas grand giveaway in December. PHOTO CREDIT: AINSLEE WITTIG / ARIZONA RANGE NEWS



The Arizona Range News participated in the Willcox High School Career Fair March 28. At left, Steve Reno, sales representative and sports writer, and Ainslee Wittig, managing editor, speak with seniors about careers in newspaper journalism, both print and digital, as well as the importance of community newspapers.

At left, Steve Reno and Ainslee Wittig speak with seniors about careers in newspaper journalism PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO COURTESY / DIANE TRUSCHKE OF WILLCOX SCHOOLS




THE DAILY IBERIAN The 20 recipients of The Daily Iberian’s inaugural 20 Under 40 were honored at a banquet at the end of March in recognition of their contributions to the community.

The cover of the inaugural 20 Under 40 tab.


YOUNG CIVIC LEADERS HONORED Daily Iberian’s 20 Under 40 recognizes young movers and shakers

The Daily Iberian generated a lot of positive buzz with its inaugural 20 Under 40 honors program in March, with 20 of the area’s best and brightest under the age of 40 recognized for their impact on the community.


Daily Iberian publisher Christina Pierce introduced the program, inviting the public to nominate candidates for the honor. The response was overwhelming, Pierce said in introductory comments in a 44-page tab published on March 31 to highlight the 20 selected from the field of more than 80 nominees.


Custom plates were presented to recipients of The Daily Iberian’s 20 Under 40 honors. PHOTO CREDIT: COREY VAUGHN / THE DAILY IBERIAN

“There is no doubt that it is a challenge we face in a smaller community to keep our best and brightest here at home. Too often they leave to attend college, never to return, or they leave seeking better employment opportunities in larger cities. Fortunately, there are those who do opt to stay in the community and work to make a difference.

And it is those hard-working, dedicated young professionals that we want to support, cncourage and recognize,” Pierce said. A banquet was held at Courtesy Cadillac in nearby Broussard, which partnered with The Daily Iberian to sponsor the event, in honor of the diverse group of educators, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, lawyers and medical professionals — 11 women and nine men — chosen for the 20 Under 40 honors. The 200 attending helped make the event, held the day before publication of the tab, was a rousing success. “I can’t think of a more important reason to gather than a celebration of young professionals who choose to live and work here,” Pierce said at the event. Many of those chosen were graduates of the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Iberia program, Chamber Director Janet Faulk-Gonzales noted at the event. Many also were members of Iberia On Tap, a group formed from Leadership Iberia Class XII in 2010 that has been involved in or created several community projects including a Movies in the Park program and the Continued on Page 17 Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival.

20 Under 40 honoree Tyler Cestia accepts his award Thursday evening from The Daily Iberian’s Rita Gary, left, and Vicky Branton. PHOTO CREDIT: COREY VAUGHN / THE DAILY IBERIAN

Wick Communications tapped Christina Pierce to be publisher of The Daily Iberian in December, 2016. The industry veteran brings with her a wealth of experience earned at news organizations throughout the region. Among the new projects Pierce brought to The Daily Iberian was the newspaper’s inaugural 20 Under 40 program honoring 20 community leaders in various professions who are under the age of 40, with publication of a special tab and a banquet honoring those chosen held at the end of March.

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More than half of the honorees were born in New Iberia, with three others born in nearby communities, one in New Orleans, and one in Thailand.

Faucheaux, Chris Feldman, Natalie Lopez, Jenny Minvielle, Neely Moore, Mitch Prudhomme, Wess Robison, Bart Romero, Julie Rosenzweig, Angela Scott, Mike Wattigny, Brittney White and Phanat Xanamane.

“The common denominator for the select 20 adults is they call New Iberia home,” Daily Iberian senior news editor Don Shoopman said in the 20 Under 40 tab. “Working together with older and, even, younger residents, they are the lifeblood of the community, unselfishly giving their time to civic organizations, volunteer projects and other endeavors.”

Producing the tab was a team effort also, involving the newsroom and advertising staff at The Daily Iberian, the Wick paginating team headed by Bethany Strunk and the production staff at the Houma Courier, which prints for the Iberian.

The 20 honored were, alphabetically, Callie Borne, Karl Boudreaux, Angelia Cestia, Tyler Cestia, Suzanne de Mahy, David Ditch, Jessica Ditch, Elise




Prior to joining Wick Communications, Pierce worked for Gannett Co., most recently as the general manager of The Town Talk in Alexandria. She also has held management positions in Monroe and Shreveport, Jackson and Hattiesburg in Mississippi and at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee. She has more than 17 years of newspaper experience. Pierce said at the time she was looking forward to diving into the rich Cajun traditions of New Iberia and surroundings. “Words can’t express how excited I am about this opportunity,” Pierce said. “I know economic conditions have been difficult for New Iberia. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get involved to do what I can to help the community move forward. I’m honored to be able to play a part in the future of The Daily Iberian.” Wick CEO Francis Wick said Pierce’s sales and management experience, as well as her history of getting involved in her community, were important. “Pierce brings a track record of leadership and operational versatility that will complement the strong foundational work of retiring publisher Will Chapman,” Wick said. “As a former member of the New Iberia community, I’m excited to welcome another member to the community that will contribute in a very meaningful way.” While in Alexandria, Pierce was appointed to the board of directors for Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, LSU Alexandria, and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Pierce is active in Rotary and the chamber of commerce and has been a volunteer for the United Way. “I knew that the New Iberia market would be an excellent fit for me,” Pierce said. “Meeting with both staff at The Daily Iberian and several community leaders helped me to decide that this is the opportunity for me.”

Above: A sample page from the first 20 under 40 tab published at the end of March by The Daily


Right: People packed Courtesy Cadillac in Broussard for The Daily Iberian’s 20 Under 40 ceremony and reception. PHOTO CREDIT: COREY VAUGHN / THE DAILY IBERIAN

She is married with six children, five grandchildren and a very spoiled German shepherd dog. In her free time, Pierce is a voracious reader, excellent cook and mediocre golfer.


Above: 20 Under 40 honorees Wess Robison and Phanat Xanamane talk before the big event.

Not only has Pierce proven to be a committed member of her community, but she has been honored for her work as well. She was recognized with Gannett’s Chairman’s Award for outstanding sales management performance. She was also the recipient of’s “Innovator of the Year” award while in Jackson. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.


THE DAILY IBERIAN Donald ‘Doc’ Voorhies, right, listens as Daily Iberian publisher Christina Pierce explains why he was chosen as The Daily Iberian’s Citizen of the Year during an open house at the newspaper’s office in February.

Some of the 100 people gathered at The Daily Iberian’s Open House on Feb. 22 talk as they wait for a ceremony honoring Citizen of the Year Donald ‘Doc’ Voorhies to begin.



DAILY IBERIAN HONORS CITIZEN OF YEAR AT OPEN HOUSE Voorhies saluted for longstanding community arts volunteer work, philanthropic outreach

The Daily Iberian honored Donald “Doc” Voorhies on Feb. 22 as the newspaper’s 2016 Citizen of the Year at an Open House held in tandem with the start of the newspaper’s 125th year of publication. Voorhies, a longtime teacher at Catholic High School and advocate for community arts with the Iberia Performing Arts League, was chosen for the award for his longstanding volunteer work in New Iberia and his philanthropic outreach.


More than 100 people attended the ceremony and open house at The Daily Iberian’s Main Street office to celebrate with Voorhies, including several past winners of the Citizen of the Year honor.


“The idea behind this award is to recognize individuals in the community who aren’t just talking about things that need to be done, but who put themselves out and are personally involved with efforts to do good things locally,” Daily Iberian Publisher Christina Pierce said in a story by Daily Iberian reporter Corey Vaughn.

The award was inspired by the efforts of community members who rallied to help others in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. “I’ve been blessed by God with good health, and as many of you know, boundless energy,” Voorhies said. “I’ve been blessed by a very supportive community. There’s a (sign) in the museum that says ‘Slow Down and Live in New Iberia’ that used to be a speeding thing, but I think it could be a motto.” Voorhies’ volunteer work with IPAL includes stints as an actor, director and mentor to others, in addition to his other support for New Iberia’s arts and culture.

Front pages honor Donald ‘Doc’ Voorhies after he was selected as Citizen of the Year by The Daily Iberian, and following an Open House and celebration in his honor in February.

PREDICTS LONGER SPRING Pierre C. Shadeaux made his annual appearance in New Iberia on Feb. 2 to the delight of residents, schoolchildren and dignitaries gathered at downtown’s Bouligny Plaza to witness the Cajun Groundhog’s prediction of a longer spring after he failed to see his shadow at the early morning ceremony. Shadeaux, pronounced “Shadow,” is a nutria, a large rodent similar to a beaver minus the paddle-like tail and native to South America that was introduced to South Louisiana by Edward Avery McIlhenny, whose family company produces the worldfamous Tabasco sauce at its plant just south of New Iberia.

Above: Daily Iberian Publisher Emeritus Will Chapman acts as Master of Ceremonies at Cajun Groundhog Day. PHOTO CREDIT: COREY VAUGHN / THE DAILY IBERIAN

Approximately 50 people turned out for the prediction, which included proclamations from New Iberia Mayor Freddie DeCourt, Iberia Parish President Larry Richard and the winners of the Cajun Groundhog Day essay contest sponsored by The Daily Iberian for the event.

Right: Pierre C. Shadeaux comes out to check for his shadow at Cajun Groundhog Day festivities in Bouligny Plaza in downtown New Iberia. The nutria did not see his shadow, signaling a longer spring and delayed summer heat in South Louisiana.

a story by Daily Iberian reporter Corey Vaughn. “A lot of people know, particularly in South Louisiana, that Pierre C. Shadeaux is the one that makes the official call for the weather in our area.”



The nutria is taken care of at Zoosiana, a zoo in nearby Broussard. Several handlers were on scene at Bouligny Plaza to educate young and old on the creature’s habits. His prediction means that a longer spring is in store for South Louisiana. Unlike other parts of the country, locals who see Pierre were hoping for the prediction because the humid summer weather will be put off longer as 2017 progresses. Students from Iberia Parish schools were encouraged to write essays answering the question why is Pierre C. Shadeaux important to New Iberia. Ninety essays were submitted. In a rare result, the three winners not only came from the same school, but the same classroom.

Daily Iberian Publisher Emeritus Will Chapman, who retired in December, was again master of ceremonies for the event, which began under his leadership in 1998 as a way to have a prediction for local weather patterns that a northern groundhog couldn’t possibly hope to forecast accurately.


“Every year I’m amazed how much attention Cajun Groundhog Day gets,” Chapman said in

Pierre C. Shadeaux comes out to check for his shadow at Cajun Groundhog Day festivities in Bouligny Plaza in downtown New Iberia. The nutria did not see his shadow, signaling a longer spring and delayed summer heat in South Louisiana. PHOTO CREDIT: COREY VAUGHN / THE DAILY IBERIAN

Children and adults wait for Pierre C. Shadeaux, the Cajun Groundhog, to come out of his Acadian-style home at Bouligny Plaza.




From left, Kelly Roark, Daily Iberian Publisher Christina Pierce, Tiffany Holmes, the Rev. Phil Marquet, J.P. Poirier and recently retired Daily Iberian Publisher Will Chapman listen to John Langlinais read his essay about Pierre C. Shadeaux.



DOUGLAS DISPATCH, MANAGING EDITOR HONORED The Douglas Dispatch and its Managing Editor Bruce Whetten were recognized last month by two different local organizations for their coverage of various events in and around Douglas. On March 18 while covering an event at the American Legion in Douglas, the Dispatch was presented with a certificate of appreciation for its coverage of the American Legion events over the years. Whetten accepted the certificate on behalf of the Dispatch and thanked the American Legion members for the recognition. He stated he feels the Douglas community is starting to appreciate the coverage he and reporter Aaliyah Montoya are striving to provide each week and they are happy to be able to cover all that is happening locally.

Bruce came to Douglas in January 1986 from Willcox where he had been working as an Emergency Medical Technician and a part-time sports writer for the Arizona Range News, to be the new sports editor for the Douglas Dispatch.


“When I first came to Douglas the plan was to come here for a year or two, get some journalism experience and move on,” he said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here this long. But Douglas has become a part of me. After all these years, I still love what I do and feel fortunate to be able to stay in one place this long.”

He remained with the Dispatch until 1989 at which time he left to go work for a local radio station where he did play-by-play of Douglas High School athletic events, hosted two radio talk shows and produced and directed the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts five days a week. In the summer of 1992 former Dispatch Publisher Sharilyn Rogers approached Whetten about possibly returning to the newspaper which had been purchased by Wick Communications while he was at the radio station. It didn’t take long for him to agree to return to

Douglas Dispatch Managing Editor Bruce Whetten (center) was honored by the Douglas School Board March 8 for his 30 plus years of coverage to the school district. Whetten joined the Dispatch in January 1986 as the sports editor. Pictured above with Whetten are DUSD board members Dr. Ed Gomez, Mario Ramos, Whetten, Ray Borane, Natalio Sabal and DUSD Superintendent Ron Aguallo.

Through his writing and photography Whetten has covered thousands of local athletes; news and sports events, met and interviewed governors, politicians and last March added his first presidential candidate to the list when Ted Cruz visited the Douglas area.

Danny Verdugo, Commander for the American Legion in Douglas, presents Douglas Dispatch Managing Editor Bruce Whetten with a Certificate of Appreciation at their March 18 event.

On March 7, while covering at DUSD board meeting, Whetten was recognized by the board for his 30 plus years of coverage of the district.


the paper, a move, he says he does not regret.

In the mid 1990s he was invited to be a media witness at an execution at the state prison in Florence where a local man was put to death for the gruesome murders he committed in Elfrida in the 1970s.

In the past few months Whetten has had editors from CNN and the New York Times calling asking him for information about some events the Dispatch has covered along the border. “I had been fortunate to have some really good editors and publishers over the years that have allowed me to go out and cover these events and grow as a journalist,” he said. This past February, Bruce stated it hit him hard how long he had been in the community when a senior basketball player was honored on Mom and Dad’s night at Douglas High School. “As this young man walked across the court to be recognized I thought to myself in 1986 I was here in this same gym when your mom was recognized on her

Senior Night,” he said. “After her it was two of her older children and now her youngest. She is not the only one either. There are many others like her that remind me how long I’ve been here.” Whetten also recalls an accident he suffered in November 1994 where he tore an ACL one night while jogging at a park in Douglas. “Shortly after my surgery in Sierra Vista I had a visitor; it was Bob Wick,” he said. “I was in the hospital for six days. He came to visit me on several occasions and even brought me a book to read which I still have to this day. It really meant a lot to me that he took time out of his busy schedule to come by and see me. I have never forgotten that.” Whetten said when he first started working for the paper the Dispatch was a six-day a week daily. Over the years he has seen the paper scale back to a weekly and witnessed the staff of 50 plus when he first started be reduced to the four it has today. In July 2011, Tom Riebock approached Whetten about taking over the Managing Editor responsibilities. Whetten, who was out on medical leave at the time, agreed to the move and welcomed the challenge. “Whether it be covering sports, a drug bust or getting called out in the middle of the night to go cover a major story my adrenaline kicks in and my competitive juices get flowing; I want to get this story out and let our readers know what is happening,” he said. “People seem to think that because Douglas is a small town, nothing really happens here. I am here to tell you that is not the case. A lot happens here; we have no problem keeping busy.”


Douglas Dispatch reporter, Aaliyah Montoya recently began working on a new series titled The Border Relationship; which analyzes current issues facing the communities of Agua Prieta, Sonora and Douglas. The first installment, ‘Local leaders oppose wall’ describes the City of Douglas’ longtime initiative to strengthen social and economic ties between the two sister cities. In the story it was noted that Douglas has been identified as one gateway in an ongoing study, led by the Arizona Department of Transportation, that examines the potential of a trade corridor between Mexico City and the southern half of Arizona. Despite positive signs for economic potential, local stakeholders fear that negative media attention depicted of the border throughout the country, and President Donald Trump’s Border Wall Order might negatively impact the region’s capabilities for growth. “When Trump came into office and announced his Border Wall Order I think that triggered something within the media,” said Montoya. “It’s almost like a spotlight has been placed over border communities.



All of a sudden our local drug busts—which have occurred on a regular basis for years—were making state and even national headlines.”

During an interview with the Douglas Dispatch, Douglas Mayor Robert Uribe spoke against the border wall, calling it a waste of money. “We want to be protected, border security is important, but you imagine what we could do with a fraction of that money that is being used for the wall,” said Uribe, who spoke for other border communities. “Spending such lucrative funds for a wall—that they will eventually figure out how to bypass—is something that I don’t agree with.” Uribe mentioned that federal funding could benefit the community more so than a wall, if it was used to improve the infrastructure of the city and the existing port of entry. The second installment of the series, ‘What weak peso means for Douglas’ breaks down the economic relationship between Douglas and Agua Prieta, and the impact of the devaluing Mexican peso. Statistics provided by Robert Carreira, chief economist at Cochise College’s Center for Economic Research, show that the two communities are economically dependent on one another.

The Mexican Flag is visible to the U.S. side of the border fence near the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas. PHOTO CREDIT: AALIYAH MONTOYA/DOUGLAS DISPATCH

Montoya is currently working on a third installment to the series that will include perspective from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol. “We are so privileged to be the main news source for this area” said Montoya, “I also feel like we have a huge responsibility to let the rest of the country know how we as a community feel about border-related issues. It’s my hope that this series will do just that.”

DISPATCH HOSTS ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT The Douglas Dispatch hosted its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8. For the past 18 years the Douglas Dispatch, along with numerous community sponsors, have put on this event which attracts hundreds of kids year after year.

Right: The Easter Bunny was also on hand to take pictures with the local youth.

Hundreds of pounds of pre-wrapped candy and dozens of Easter Eggs will be scattered all over three separate sections at the football field at Douglas High School. The kids are broken up into age groups of 1-3, 4-5 and 6-8. Parents were allowed to assist the 1-3-year-olds. When the horn sounds it’s a mad dash for the candy and eggs and within 10-15 minutes the field is virtually picked clean.

The Easter Bunny was also on hand for the event and posed for pictures with the kids. “This has definitely become a popular event in our community,” Whetten added. “We’re happy to be able to put this on year after year. Without the support of Wick Communications and our local sponsors this would not be possible.” After last year’s event, one blogger posted on the Dispatch website “Traditions/events like this truly make our town special. Thank you sponsors for your help and assistance. The headline photo shows we have some massive 8-year-olds in our town. LOL... Nothing but smiles and dust clouds at the event.”


Above: Hundreds of local youth ages 1-8 took part in the Douglas Dispatch Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 8. This was the 18th year the Dispatch has hosted this community event.

“People begin asking us in February and March if we are going to be having the Easter Egg Hunt again,” Dispatch Managing Editor Bruce Whetten said. “It has become a very popular event in our community.”

“The biggest challenge we have every year is keeping the kids contained to their section,” Whetten said. “They always want to go over to see what goodies the other age groups have.”




RETURN TO NORMALCY On Oct. 8, 2016, a storm was predicted on the East Coast, so Wick Communications prepared for possible flooding of the offices of one of its newspapers, the Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

The result was upward of 4 inches of water in the Courier offices, forcing staff to scamper to save equipment while sweeping water out of the building before it climbed even higher.

The storm petered out and the Herald was fine. Instead, it was a newspaper in the Arizona desert, in its 16th year of drought, that suffered major flood damage.

Now, six months after that storm, the offices are back to normal, with walls repaired and new flooring installed. Members from the Wick Communications family even joined with Courier and Copper Era staff in a volunteer painting party to bring the office back to life.

A freak hailstorm ripped through a portion of Graham County, Ariz., with the offices of Eastern Arizona Courier dead-center in the storm’s path.

Up to 6 inches of marble-sized hail fell in a few short hours, clogging storm drains and flooding homes and the business district.

Above: Floors are stripped and damaged drywall is cut away in preparation of repairs to the office.



Above: Water covers the floor of the Eastern Arizona Courier Production Department, the morning after a storm dropped 6 inches of hail on Safford, Ariz.

Right: Crews fill in chips and grooves in the foundation, before installing new carpeting. Eastern Arizona Courier offices are repainted and recarpeted, ready to serve customers. Pictured are, clockwise from top, sales associate Claudia Rios, sales associate Ingrid Gray and receptionist Geri Heffron.


Left: Group Publisher Rebecca Bradner drove in to Safford from Green Valley to help Eastern Arizona Courier volunteers repaint the building. Bellow: Wick Chief Financial Officer Ron Parra was one of many Wick Communications management team members who volunteered to help get the Courier offices back in shape.




David Bell, managing editor for Eastern Arizona Courier and The Copper Era, examines the night sky through the 20-inch Tinsley telescope in the Gov Aker Observatory at Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus during a Graham County Chamber of Commerce mixer.

A new hire and a change in positions top activities at the San Pedro Valley News-Sun in Benson, Ariz. Ana McTarsney joins the News-Sun staff as our new customer service representative with Michelle Garcia, who previously held that post, moving in as the News-Sun’s multimedia sales consultant.

Analicia, whose tenure with the News-Sun started in February, is also pleased to be at the newspaper, currently in its 118th year of publication. “I love working at San Pedro Valley News-Sun and interacting with the customers,” said McTarsney. Analicia enjoys reading, writing essays and drawing. “I love spending time with my family.” Garcia said she, too, is excited to be moving forward in her new endeavors. “I’m looking forward to working and helping our advertiser’s meet their needs,” said Garcia. “I’ve enjoyed my time at the News-Sun and am excited to be in this new position.”




“We’re happy to have Analicia join our team and excited for Michelle to step in her new role,” said News-Sun Editor Chris Dabovich. “Both of these young ladies bring much to the table; we’re thrilled to have them.”





Editor Dan Shearer and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.




When political town halls were blowing up across the nation, the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun were in the middle of the action. After turning down one town hall invite she likened to a political ambush, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally agreed to attend one hosted by the newspapers and moderated by editor Dan Shearer on Feb. 23.

The paper contacted nine venues before getting a thumbs-up. Space was tight — 315 people got in, at least 500 didn’t, many of them hanging around to protest outside during the 90-minute event. The town hall, which drew national media, was tense and pointed but avoided the chaos and yelling matches that marked similar events.

In the end, McSally agreed to hold another town hall soon in the district, which is evenly split among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. The paper organized and put on the event with less than a week’s notice, lobbied readers for questions (more than 700 came in), and live-streamed the town hall on Facebook.


The staff rang in the holidays with two events — an employee lunch that included freelance writers on the guest list, and Publisher Rebecca Bradner’s annual Omelette Breakfast for about 25 select people in the community. She took the orders and cooked up breakfast while the staff keeps the conversation going and the orange juice flowing.



GVN BOOK SALE The Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun collected thousands of books from the community then opened the doors for a one-day sale that netted $1,400 for Newspaper In Education. About 200 shoppers received a GVN reusable bag and enjoyed mingling with the staff at the event, held in the open lobby. Leftover books were donated to Friends of the Library, three Little Free Library stands and the Goodwill store across the parking lot. The sale was spearheaded by circulation director Laura Kurtz.





Soja has captured president and celebrities Clay Lambert Jamie Soja is now focusing his lens on the San Mateo County Coastside on behalf of the Half Moon Bay Review, but not before developing an interesting photo portfolio.

renowned musicians like Santana, The Dead and Elvis Costello.


“Jamie’s artist’s eye is obvious from his work,” said Review Editor Clay Lambert. “He also comes with glowing Soja began work references and at the Review in just the right delate March. As meanor for our the sole proprismall operation. etor of Soja PhoHe immediately tography, he has photographed grasped the details of the job, former President too. We are really Barack Obama looking forward on more than one to making imporoccasion, includtant journalism ing during one of JAMIE SOJA together.” the San Francisco Giants’ championship appearSoja and his wife live with their ances at the White House. He has 3-year-old daughter, Alexandria, photos of actors like Jeff Bridges, in San Francisco. You can see his celebrity chefs including Anthony portfolio at Bourdain, and many of world-


Half Moon Bay Review photographer Jamie Soja has captured the personalities of politicians, actors and musicians in a varied career that led him to the Half Moon Bay Review. PHOTO CREDIT: JAMIE SOJA

AND READY TO COMMIT JOURNALISM Clay Lambert Some new hires have to be shown around a bit. That wasn’t necessary for Sara Hayden. Hayden was a star reporter at the Review in 2012 and 2013. She left the newspaper to pursue jobs that literally took her around the world. Now she is back and ready to bring new skills to her journalism. “Sara is just a unique individual,” said Editor Clay Lambert. “I have never met anyone who combines such an enthusiasm for life with a real 21st-century media savvy.”

Cunha Intermediate School needed a new tuba, but they don’t come cheap. A newspaper story helped the band raise $5,000 for a new instrument. PHOTO CREDIT: HALF MOON BAY REVIEW

Hayden has degrees from both the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. In addition to a previous stint with the Review, she has written for both the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

In addition, she has focused on user experience and marketing for international startup companies. She has led a content design workshop for a New York City medical clinic, directed an ethnographic storytelling project and helped launch design workshops that touched students in 31 countries.



Hayden said she is excited to get back to her journalism roots and to explore design-thinking concepts with Review customers. “Sara and I share an interest in design-thinking and will be finding ways to innovate in the months ahead,” Lambert said. “Stay tuned.”


TRUMPET ITS SUCCESS Story helps school purchase tuba Clay Lambert

Did you know a tuba can cost $5,000 or more? We didn’t either. We found out when Half Moon Bay Review staff writer Sarah Griego Guz learned of an online fundraising effort to buy a new tuba for the Cunha Intermediate School band. The old one was, well old. The 40-year-old instrument was literally falling apart. “It’s such a big purchase, it would take most of (our fundraising),” said Maria Portello-Swagel, band teacher at Cunha school. “We have a small fundraising group for music. It would zap their entire budget.” When Sarah wrote a story about the need for a new band instrument on Feb. 7, the school was still $3,543 short of its goal. Two weeks later, Sarah wrote another story. After publicity in the Review, the community came through and the kids were getting their tuba. The final push came from the Coastside Community Orchestra. It didn’t hurt that Review copy editor Julie Gerth plays violin with the orchestra. “I called the orchestra board members who quickly convened to appropriate the funds,” Gerth said. “They were thrilled!”

The kids and the band director were grateful. “The tuba has this low sound you think of when you turn the bass up on your stereo,” she said. “It’s just this low sound that everyone anchors to. So to have a substandard instrument, it impacts everybody.” — Review staff



Farallone View Elementary School on the occasion of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. He was honored to be asked to participate in the school-wide celebration of reading. Both of his kids “graduated” from the elementary school.


“We decided that, because one of our missions is for music education for children of the Coastside, we like to put our money where our mouth is,” said Coastside Community Orchestra board secretary Julie Hosfeldt.




The voice of central South Dakota since 1881

Above: A house ad published as part of the Capital Journal’s Where’s the Walleye promotion. Bellow: One of the ads published as part of the Capital Journal’s Where’s the Walleye promotion.



Pierre, S.D. is famous for its walleye fishing. Located just downstream from the massive Oahe Dam on the Missouri River with numerous boat launches and shoreline fishing access sites, the area is a true fisherman’s paradise.


So when we were looking for a good first quarter promotion that would generate incremental ad revenue, draw extra attention to the ads and build readership, we launched our own fishing expedition called “Where’s the Walleye?”


Eight advertisers signed up for a six week commitment of ads in the Cap Journal and Reminder Plus. Each week we hid an image of a walleye in one of their ads. Entry forms were published in the newspaper and readers were challenged to identify the date and page number that the image of the walleye appeared in the ads. They dropped the entry forms

at participating businesses and one semi-finalist was chosen each week for six weeks. The person whose name was drawn from among the semi-finalists was awarded a $500 gift card. The Where’s the Walleye promotion created a lot of excitement among our readers and advertisers and the sales reps had fun determining where to place the image of the walleye. We promoted it with house ads, banner ads and rack cards, with a lot of creative help from Central Design. The rack cards were so attractive that people kept swiping them from the racks.

It was a great promotion that generated new ad revenue and gave our readers one more reason to look through the pages of the newspaper every day.

Nick Lowrey


CAPITAL JOURNAL HAS NEW SIGN INSTALLED The Capital Journal in Pierre, S.D. recently had a brand new sign installed on its building. The new sign is a big improvement over the cloth banners that previously marked the newspaper’s presence. PHOTO CREDIT: NICK LOWREY



Capital Journal Staff

The Capital Journal welcomed a new reporter.

Just in time for the state wrestling tournament, the Capital Journal has hired a new full-time sports reporter.

Kylee Whitehill, of O’Neill, Neb. graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism last December.

The new man, Scott Millard, is no stranger to the Pierre and Fort Pierre area, having spent time in Lyman County during his high school career and later having been the Capital Journal’s summer intern in 2016.

She reported to duty on Monday as the latest addition to the Capital Journal’s newsroom crew.

Kylee Whitehill, a recent graduate from South Dakota State University, started her job as a general assignment reporter at the newspaper Jan. 16.


Whitehill had served as an extension agent for Holt County, Nebraska through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and interned with RFD-TV in the summer of 2016. She also had minors in equine science and English.

“I enjoy helping the youth with agriculture,” Whitehill said. She had helped younger students with horses, dogs, cattle and photography while working with 4-H. Whitehill will work as a general assignment reporter, with a focus on the producer-consumer relationship in agriculture, she said.

Millard has been freelancing sports stories for the Capital Journal since January, his focus was on the wrestling programs at T.F. Riggs High School and Stanley County High School.

Scott Millard is the Capital Journal’s new sports reporter. PHOTO CREDIT: NICK LOWREY


A former rodeo competitor and 4-H leader, Whitehill intended to be an animal science major, but “somewhere along the way I got involved with journalism,” she said.

Millard comes to the Capital Journal from South Dakota State University where was pursuing a degree in journalism. His focus was on sports and he worked intermittently for the Collegian, SDSU’s student newspaper.




Two reporters and two officers join the team, and an interim GM steps in as well Nogales International The Nogales International has added a number of new members to its newsroom and office staff in recent months. Kendal Blust transitioned to a full-time reporting position in December 2016 after graduating with a master of arts in journalism from the University of Arizona.


Kendal joined the NI last summer as an intern, then stayed on in a part-time role as she completed her studies. Her master’s thesis project was called “Mujeres, Arte y Resistencia: How women use art activism to change the narrative on the border and migration in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.” It included a series of articles, photos and video, and highlights four women using art in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands to create more nuanced and diverse perspectives of the region. As a reporter with the NI, Kendal has used her bilingual EnglishSpanish abilities to write a number of enterprise stories on social issues in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. On the Arizona side, she covers topics including education and the county government. Arielle Zionts arrived in Nogales in November 2016 to assume a general assignment reporter position with the NI.


Arielle spent the previous year in Washington, D.C. working as a producer for Interfaith Voices, a public radio show about religion, politics and culture. Before that, she lived in Chicago where she freelanced labor stories for a magazine called In These Times. She also spent a summer as a reporting intern for Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, Calif. A graduate of Pitzer College in California, Arielle spent a semester studying radio and multimedia storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. At the NI, Arielle has focused her reporting on the town of Patagonia and other rural communities in eastern Santa Cruz County. She also covers our local community college, as well as high school and recreational sports. Lizette Valle came on board in September 2016 after completing her business degree, with a concentration in accounting, at the University of Phoenix. She handles legals and public notices, as well as miscellaneous financial duties at the NI. Lizette was born and raised in Nogales and has a background in produce distribution. Celina Cienfuegos started at the NI on Dec. 21, 2016, after having studied to be a dental assistant at Pima Medical Institute in Mesa, Ariz. Her responsibilities include classified ads sales, the cash register and reception. Celina is also responsible for translating news stories from English into Spanish for the International’s new Spanishlanguage page.


In addition, Andrew Saenz joined the NI team as general manager on an interim basis after former publisher Manuel C. Coppola took the reins full time at the Sierra Vista Herald in December 2016.


Saenz, who is in the fourth generation of Wick family members, had previously served as regional business manager for the NI and Green Valley News.




Nogales International The Nogales International added Spanishlanguage content to its Friday print editions beginning Dec. 9, 2016. The content consists of Spanish translations of select NI stories in English, and is published on a page called “Nogales International en tu idioma,” or “Nogales International in your language.” NI office staffer Celina Cienfuegos is responsible for doing the translations, which are proofread by reporters Paulina Pineda and Kendal Blust. Designer Priscilla Bolaños lays out the page.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, 87 percent of Nogales’ 20,601 residents speak Spanish. In Santa Cruz County, which comprises the NI’s coverage area, 75.7 percent of the overall population of 46,461 speaks Spanish.






The March 24 edition of “Nogales International en tu idioma,” the paper’s new Spanish-language news page.

Nogales International reporters Paulina Pineda (center) and Arielle Zionts talk to the journalism club at San Cayetano Elementary School in Rio Rico, Ariz. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Molly Johnson, a teacher at the school, leads the group of fourth- and fifth-graders, and she invited Pineda, Zionts and reporter Kendal Blust to talk to the students about what a being a journalist entails, what types of stories are relevant to a community newspaper and what kinds of questions should be asked in an interview.




Frontiersman M at- S u V alley

New Anchorage Press advertising representative Angela Jenkins sits in the open conference area under a matted photo of the sign from the old Anchorage Press building. PHOTO CREDIT: MATT HICKMAN



Alaska’s alt-weekly moves to downtown office

At the turn of the new year, the Anchorage Press, the alternative weekly for Alaska’s largest city, moved from its longtime digs on Fifth and Gambell to the heart of downtown Anchorage.

A more sleek, more modern floorplan awaited the staff as they made the move during the paper’s one-week hiatus between the winter holidays.

On April 21, the new location had a coming-out-party, if you will, as the Press hosted its traditional cocktail party in conjunction with the prestigious Alaska Press Club awards conference.

Chris Ford


Mike Blinder, president of The Blinder Group, states it is responsible for helping create tens of millions of dollars in additional revenues for his clients. Blinder spent Monday in the Mat-Su and Tuesday in Anchorage where he shared his knack for sales with media and business professionals looking for a one-up on the competition.




OVER EAGLE RIVER/CHUGIAK AREA Bridging corridor between Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley Matt Hickman As 2016 gave way to 2017, the Wick Alaska newspaper group launched a new product — The Eagle, a weekly product for the people of Eagle River, Chugiak and surrounding suburban areas outside of Anchorage.

Mailed to more than 2,500 homes and placed on racks around this under-served population center in between Wick properties in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, The Eagle has continued to grow week by week, both in terms of editorial content and advertising.

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Covering high school sports and finding content that can be shared in The Eagle, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman and the Anchorage Press has been key to helping this new product take flight, and be a prudent option for our advertisers.





for the 2017 North Dakota Legislative Assembly in early February

to Bismarck personally to meet with legislators and put a face to our work.


Staff, including General Manager Tara Klostreich, Managing Editor Kathleen Leinen, News-Monitor Managing Editor Karen Speidel, Circulation Manager Merry Bruneau and Reporter Frank Stanko were shown around the legislature by Steve Andrist, executive director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. The papers were circulated among the legislators and staff visited with the Senate Majority leader and sat on the floor with area legislators. Above are Speidel, Klostreich, District 25 Rep. Alisa Mitskog, Bruneau, Stanko and Leinen.


Newspapers are promoted at the Capitol as important sources of information in North Dakota communities. Staff were introduced to legislative and government leaders and learned a little bit more about the legislative process. Faces are put on the effort to advocate for issues that are important to newspapers. During the February visit, General Manager Tara Klostreich, left, and Circulation Manager Merry Bruneau visited with District 25 Sen. Larry Luick, who invited Bruneau to join him on the Senate floor while they were in session.



by joining the Relay for Life squad of Wahpeton-Breckenridge.


Staff members took turns manning the booth and walking the track to support cancer research and to honor those who have lost their lives to this dreaded disease. This year, our team had a photo booth with goofy party favors to wear and we sold dessert bars. The team also put together a basket that was auctioned off during the event. Our main fundraiser was a subscription offer for new subscribers. In the front row are Karen Speidel, Tara Klostreich, Frank Stanko, Kathy Leinen and Candace Engstrom. In the back row are Carrie McDermott and Turner Blaufuss.

has accepted the additional position of business manager for the Williston Herald and Sidney Herald.

Andeen has been with Wick Communications for 20 years. She joined Wahpeton Daily News in 1997. In 2010 she went back to college and worked toward an associate degree in business management with an emphasis in human resources. ‘This has given me the opportunity to apply my knowledge in my daily duties,’ she said. ‘Through these past 20 years I have seen a lot of changes within the company and look forward to the new challenges and what this position has in store for me.’ Not only is her position within the company changing, Andeen’s personal life is also changing. She was married on Friday, April 21 to Jim Fugleberg and became a grandmother of nine, with one on the way in October.




The Daily News family in Wahpeton, North Dakota,


BY TWO THIS SUMMER Daily News General Manager

TARA KLOSTREICH VACATIONED IN ARIZONA IN MARCH She met with Alessia Alaimo, digital media manager at Wick Digital and the Central Design staff at their office in Tucson, Arizona. Tara, her husband, Glenn, and Uncle Gary also joined Francis Wick, president/CEO, and Ron Parra, CFO, in Sonoita, Arizona, for supper and a wonderful visit.


Aly Stone, left, and Karrie Gregor, both in the advertising department, are preparing for their new babies. Aly is due Tuesday, May 23 and Karrie is due Friday, Aug. 4. For both ladies, this is their first child. Aly and her husband, Aaron Stone, want to be surprised and are waiting for the birth to see if they are having a boy or a girl. Karrie and her husband, Joseph Gregor, know their little one is a boy. For Karrie, the both sets of grandparents are thrilled. Although they know they are having a boy, they haven’t picked out any names yet, but it’s going to be a long, hot summer.




of the Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

In 2007, he returned to be publisher of his hometown newspaper in the Wahpeton/Breckenridge area. “I am excited to be the next publisher of the Williston Herald and look forward to working with the great people of Williston and the Williston Herald,” Harty said.


publisher of the Williston Herald and Wahpeton Daily News Ken Harty, group publisher for Wick Communications, has been named publisher of the Williston Herald and began duties Oct. 4.


“Ken is an experienced senior manager in Wick Communications having worked at three of our operations over the years,” Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications, which owns the Herald, said. “He will bring that cross section of experience in media operations, providing progressive leadership of Williston’s hometown daily newspaper through new revenue development and editorial ideas in print and digital, along with community engagement.”


A second-generation newspaperman, Harty joined Wick in October 1992. He began his time with Wick by working in several departments within the Daily News, which covers Wahpeton, North Dakota and Breckenridge, Minnesota. In 2002, he became assistant advertising manager at the Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana, and in 2006 took over as the advertising manager

Harty has been very active in the Wahpeton/Breckenridge communities. He has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (past president), United Way of Richland/ Wilkin (past president), Kiwanis of Wahpeton/Breckenridge (past president), North Dakota State College of Science Alumni Foundation Board of Directors and the board of the Wahpeton Convention and Visitors Bureau (current vice president). As a group publisher of Wick Communications, Harty will be the publisher of the Williston Herald and Wahpeton Daily News while overseeing Wick newspaper operations in Montana and California. “Wick Communications and the owners in particular have long ties with the Williston Herald and the community it serves,” Wick said. “We care deeply about the many issues Williston faces as it relates to growth and vitality and know a strong newspaper media operation goes hand in hand with a strong community.” Harty is married to Esmeralda and they have two grown children, Jennifer and Jolene, and two grandchildren, Caleb and Sophia. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.

WILLISTON HERALD LEAVES ASSOCIATED PRESS The Williston Herald officially ended its membership with the Associated Press effective Feb. 6 as a way to save costs and focus on better providing local coverage. “As a local paper, our mission has always been to offer readers stories about their community that they can’t find anywhere else,” Jamie Kelly, managing editor of the Herald, said. “With that in mind, we wanted to look at ways we could strengthen our local coverage, and one of the ways to do that was to increase our use of freelance writers. By leaving the AP, we could save money that we could re-invest in local coverage.” The process, which started in late October, looked at the AP items used most frequently, including national sports coverage, stock information, the weather forecast and national and international news and photos. The move to leave the AP was a chance to re-think the coverage the Herald offers, Kelly said.

“We wanted to really re-think our philosophy when it came to what was in the paper every day. Rather than thinking of wire news as something we used to fill space, we looked at what people really used the Herald for and what kind of stories mattered to them.” As a member of Forum News Service, a statewide news cooperative, the Herald has access to state and regional news, as well as sports coverage from North Dakota and Minnesota. The Herald chose to work with Accuweather for a weather forecast, and now gets a customized daily stock report from Kelly reports that there have been no reader complaints regarding the move away from the AP, and that readers have commented on an increase in local news and sports coverage.

WILLISTON HERALD ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO DELIVERY, PUBLICATION SCHEDULE The Williston Herald began using the U.S. Postal Service to deliver all of its papers on Jan. 17. To better facilitate same-day delivery of papers in Williston, it will also produce a combined weekend edition, published on Saturdays, in place of individual Saturday and Sunday papers. The move will reduce delivery costs, allowing the Herald to keep subscriptions affordable, according to Publisher Ken Harty. “Because of the unique economic situation in Williston, delivery by carriers is far more expensive than in most other places,” Harty said. “We want to make sure that our paper is affordable and accessible to everyone in the area. This wasn’t an easy decision, but

it will keep our publication strong and keep it affordable.” Through an agreement with the post office, papers will be delivered in the Williston area on the same day they’re mailed. “Part of the reason we decided to make this change was that the post office will be able to ensure same-day delivery for the customers who are already accustomed to that,” he said. Subscribers who still want to read the paper first-thing in the morning still have access to the Herald’s e-edition, as well. That will continue to be online starting at midnight each day. The change in delivery has created a substantial cost savings, Harty said.


Matt Lindberg | Montrose Daily Press Managing Editor

The Montrose Daily Press has seen its single copy sales steadily rise since late October, according to Circulation Manager Ian Jameson.

The wait is over, as the Montrose Daily Press has a new publisher.

The circulation manager credited several staff initiatives for the improved sales.

Tonya Maddox joined the multimedia organization in the role officially April 4. Wick Communications is the parent company of the MDP, and its CEO, Francis Wick, announced the hiring.

For one, racks have been refurbished. In addition, staff has worked to find better placement of papers in dealer locations.

“Tonya brings an excitement and enthusiasm to the role of publisher that reflects similarities of the community: High energy, boundless opportunities, and a drive to see those around her excel,” said Wick, who was once publisher of the Montrose Press. Maddox brings with her almost two decades of experience in newspapers and magazines, having worked in five states. She most recently served a Gatehouse Media region that included community newspapers and shoppers in the Midwest. “After one visit to Montrose and meeting the dynamic MDP staff and several community leaders, I knew Montrose was the place for me and my family,” Maddox said. “The passion surrounding all things Montrose when meeting everyone was contagious. I wanted to be a part of the growth here.” When Maddox isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Travis, and 4-year-old son Preston.

Maddox will be at the helm of the MDP management team, which is composed of

TONYA MADDOX Managing Editor Matt Lindberg, Business Manager Richard Seiferd, Press Manager Denny Haulman and Circulation Manager Ian Jameson. She takes over the role previously held by Vincent Laboy, who resigned in November 2016. Wick said Maddox was the perfect fit for the job. “Her background as a publisher and marketing leader will bring a renewed sense of community engagement to the Press, and complement the employees who work hard to inform and improve the community they serve,” he said.

Maddox said she was eager to get started at the Press and more familiar with the community. “I am driven by the belief that if you give more than you receive and more than is expected, you will see individuals and whole communities achieve the impossible,” she said.

“The racks have been getting new plexiglass to ensure that the paper can be viewed from the outside, and soon will be repainted with an updated logo for better visibility,” Jameson said. “We have been increasing or decreasing the base draw in many locations for both racks and dealers appropriately to eliminate as much waste as we can or make sure there are enough for everyone to buy.”

Jameson also credited the Montrose newsroom for its efforts in providing more dynamic content and designs. “The front pages have been given more robust and clear images with gripping headlines of important stories in the community,” he said. “This allows people to be drawn in to want to read the rest of the story on the inside. Also, I have had a couple of compliments on the bullet points on the top of stories or short explanations of what the paper is doing. This lets people know if it will interest them or if they should pass.” Jameson reiterated he felt the staff is making the paper successful. “All throughout the press we are working on ensuring we can do what we can for the community by sharing the information we have available,” he said. “There are many other reasons that can be attributed to the success of racks and dealers, but I feel these are the most important.”


“(It’s) never a dull moment with those boys,” she said. “Time is something I never have enough of, but don’t be surprised to see our little family of three taking fun walks, (ok, really skipping and running), in our neighborhood, hiking, bowling or playing tennis.”





Left: Since the Sidney Herald has announced its community service project, many organizations and businesses have donated to the Sidney High School band project.


TO LOCAL BAND PROGRAM Bill Vander Weele | Sidney Herald The Sidney community, and the entire area, should be quite proud and impressed that the Sidney High School band has been invited to be part of the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. this July.

Sidney’s band was nominated by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sidney is expected to be the only band from Montana participating in the national parade.


The only drawback is the sizable amount of funds required for the honored students to make the trip to Washington, D.C. The music program needs to raise roughly $75,000 for the great experience.


To help make the trip a possibility, the Sidney Herald has announced that its community service project is the trip for Sidney’s band to the National Inde-pendence Day Parade. The Herald has provided a spotlight of various band students every two weeks in order to let readers know these talented musicians better. In addition, the Herald will sponsor ads to run every other week in order to keep readers informed about the fund-ing progress and upcoming fundraisers.

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Bill Vander Weele | Sidney Herald Media expert Mike Blinder shared his secrets of multimedia marketing to help grow businesses during a workshop in Sidney in March. The Sidney Herald and Williston Herald sponsored workshops in Sidney and Williston.

CLEARING A PATH Bill Vander Weele Sidney Herald Sidney Herald advertising rep Harleigh Roth shovels in front of the Herald office in late December. Sidney was hit by nearly a foot of snow at that time.


Students from Ontario’s Sister City Osakasayama, Osaka, Japan, gather around an Argus Observer during the group’s tour of the newspaper’s facility on March 21. PHOTO CREDIT: HUNTER MARROW | THE ARGUS OBSERVER

John Dillon, left, and his spouse, Marty Justus, pause for a photo with their host student, Yuri Isotani, during the welcome reception for the Sister City students at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, March 14. PHOTO CREDIT: JANET KOMOTO


For more than 40 years, Ontario has strengthened a friendship with its sister city, Osakasayama, Japan, a city of about 58,000 people compared to Ontario’s approximately 11,000. The cities’ relationship often means groups from one country traveling to the other to share in each other’s cultures. Groups of Japanese residents coming to Ontario have often included students.

The Ontario Sister City Committee took care of all

One of the host families included Argus Publisher John Dillon. This is the second time he and his spouse, Marty Justus, have hosted a sister city student, and this year they were host parents for Yuri Isotani. Another host parent, Kami Teramura, told the Argus that hosting the students “makes you proud of your community,” when explaining that it would be the third student her family had hosted. From the moment they were welcomed by the committee at Four Rivers Cultural Center, the Sister City students began a whirlwind 13-day tour of the Western Treasure Valley.

They went shopping, visited the Ontario Fire Department, took airplane rides at the airport, toured the dam at Lake Owyhee, shot firearms at a gun club, went horseback riding, tie-dyed some T-shirts, went skiing and roller skating at nearby cities and, even, visited The Argus Observer. At the Argus, the Japanese students got to see newspaper archives, watch a page get designed as well as seeing the press run.

Describing the stay during a farewell dinner, Sister City student Nijiho Fujioka said the experience was “so wonderful that I won’t forget it.”


While visiting Ontario, the visitors often stay with host families. That was the case this year when on March 14 five students from Osakasayama traveled to Ontario to immerse themselves in a bit of American culture.

the details for the visiting youths, including arrangements for travel, host families and a tour of the area.


The Eagle - Spring 2017  

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The Eagle - Spring 2017  

Property of Wick Communications