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C O N T E N T S Wick Corporate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Anchorage Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Frontiersman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The Argus Observer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Arizona Range News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Douglas Dispatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11 Herald/Review Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-15 Green Valley News & Sahuarita Sun . . . . . . . . 16-17 The Eastern Arizona Courier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 Central Design & Wick Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Half Moon Bay Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Montrose Daily Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Nogales International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-28 San Pedro Valley, Benson News-Sun . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Roanoke Rapids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-32 The Daily Iberian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-37 Wahpeton, Daily News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-40



The Wick Corporate building in Sierra Vista, Arizona.


Thank you, thank you, thank you! As we wrap up another year, as well as presents for loved ones, I want to take a quick moment and thank you for all your passion for and contribution to our company, your fellow employees and the communities we serve.

In reflecting on 2017 and our momentum into 2018, our organization has a lot for which we can be proud:

-- We have worked diligently to debut a variety of digital products that enhance our customers’ reach into the market. As at many newspapers, our multimedia marketing sales consultants recognize that selling just print, or just digital, omits a large opportunity to increase our customers’ reach. As we head into 2018, I know excitement about the future will help Wick serve our local advertisers better than ever before. --We have taken calculated risks; if we’re not trying, we’re dying. Events have been debuted with great favor in our company. Leading this charge have been Christina Pierce in New Iberia and Tonya Maddox in Montrose. Both of these exciting publishers have strong backgrounds with events and

understand how to execute them. This arena has previously been a challenge for us as many of our leaders have focused on how difficult it is to plan/ execute/achieve the results we want with the resources we have. Well, that same response can be made for anything we do, but positive attitudes prevail and teach us all how much potential there is with such pursuits. In 2018, each of our markets is required to do four events to assist in building our marketing message and impact our community in a positive way. You should know that a peer newspaper group recently shared that every single event it does grosses over $75,000 in sales per event, and many of its papers are between 4,000 and 10,000 circulation, and that includes many weeklies. That sounds like exciting potential as we move into the future. -- Taking a lesson from our past, each market is in the midst of, if not finished with, selling/writing stories for our community profile initiative (also known as progress editions.) This initiative has significant potential to share the story of our community in a comprehensive package that showcases the depth of our storytelling. Secondly, it allows us to serve non-traditional customers who benefit from telling their story about industry and the economic impact provided for the residents we serve. In all, this

FRANCIS WICK, PRESIDENT & CEO initiative will have some great thump factor... literally! -- Our papers write stories that make a difference, and that no one else tells, improving the communities we serve. I’m constantly reminded how powerful the work we produce is and know local content is what makes our franchise unique. There’s no question Wick is changing, as is the industry. But my enthusiasm is growing, each and every day, when I learn about the awesome ideas and impacts each of our markets make. Thank you, again, for caring, and on behalf of the Wick family and company, have a happy holiday and success in 2018. WINTER 2017


The August 2017 issue of the Anchorage Press.

The Anchorage Press was awarded the prestigious Raymond Jorgenson Community Service award for years of support for the LGBT community.

John Aronno show’s off his tattoo inspired by Bethany Strunk’s cover art from the August 2017 issue of the Anchorage Press.


High praise for the Anchorage Press at the annual Imperial Court of All Alaska Coronation, where the Press was awarded the prestigious Raymond Jorgenson Community Service award for years of support for the LGBT community. Esteemed Press writer Robert Haywood, aka RJ Johnson, was on hand at the ceremony to receive the award the Press earned in no small measure due to a very successful Pridefest section in June, widely hailed in the community as the best of its kind on record. MEET CANNAPRESS Marijuana has been legal in Alaska since 2015, but 2017 saw the launch of the commercial cannabis market. 4


After a rough go out of the gates, the industry appears to be thriving and is definitely here to stay. In fact, so many businesses — retailers, cultivators and cottage industries have sprung up, it’s time for competition between the shops to take hold and the Press is front-and-center on the coming turf war. In recent weeks we’ve devoted the back portion to the front section of the Press to cannabis coverage and advertising in a section we’ve dubbed ‘CANNAPRESS’. In addition to its home in the printed edition, CANNAPRESS has its own tab on the website and its own e-mail newsletter with hopes of becoming its own section in short order.

DESIGN BECOMES FLESH Anchorage Press star columnist John Aronno was so impressed with the design work of Bethany Strunk — lead designer at the Sierra Vista Herald, as well as all of our Alaska products — he had the design tattooed on his chest. Aronno’s story detailed anti-fascist protests in Anchorage, and he was so blown away by Bethany’s cover art he couldn’t help but make it a permanent part of his corporeal being.

Now that’s what an alt-weekly is all about!


Wasilla Facility Begins Printing Anchorage Daily In the wake of the bankruptcy hearing for the Alaska Dispatch News, the largest newspaper in The Last Frontier, the Binkley family, from Fairbanks, took over ownership. And in one of his first moves as publisher, Ryan Binkley signed a contract with Wick Communications to print the metro daily serving Anchorage and the greater area. The printing press on the Frontiersman campus in Wasilla began printing the ADN in mid-October, beginning a marriage that can only serve to strengthen both newspaper families.

Printing 30,000 copies six-days-a-week, of course has not come without its challenges

— not the least of which was remodeling the press room — especially for the press crew, led by Production Manger Ryan Sleight. On the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving the ADN took a major symbolic step forward by changing its name back to the Anchorage Daily News. Wick Alaska Regional Publisher Dennis Anderson wrote in his column that day:

We are in our fifth week of printing the Anchorage Daily News. Sunday their masthead changes to Anchorage Daily News from Alaska Dispatch News. After we secured the ADN print contract I’ve been asked many times if they would change their name back to Anchorage Daily News. They hinted as such but nothing official until this week. It’s a big deal for a lot people and a nice move on their part. For Wick Communications, and particularly our Alaska operations based here in the Mat-Su Valley, the Anchorage Daily News has been a significant addition to our commercial print portfolio. To date we have added over 10 full-time positions including several from the Alaska Dispatch and 20-plus part-time positions. We’ve promoted several people from within our organization. We contracted with local businesses like Hammer Time Construction, Mega Watt Electrical and Tuxedo Plumbing for our remodel and installation of added equipment necessary to produce the ADN. I’m extremely

thankful for our team and the vendors we partnered with for this endeavor. Particularly I am grateful for and very proud of our Production Manager Ryan Sleight. Nobody’s burden on our side in this endeavor has been heavier than his and he’s been a pro’s pro. Thank you Ryan! I am so thankful for the Binkley family and Jason Evans and their resolve to take control of Alaska’s State newspaper. I know they are going to be successful and all the bad press that the Dispatch received over the past year will morph into an incredible success story for the new ownership group and Alaska’s newspaper.



Kelly Jones has been promoted to be the advertising sales manager at The Argus Observer.


When Kelly Jones started as an advertising account executive at the Argus in June 2013, it was at the urging and under the tutelage of Publisher John Dillon.

“John recruited me from a local cellphone store,” she said.

The two had met at Kiwanis, which Jones has been a part of for five years. She has filled many roles in the club, first as a member for a year, then as secretary for two years and, now, she is in her second year of vice-presidency. Jones’ four and a-half years at the Argus have been a measure of success: Last week, Jones was officially promoted to advertising sales manager.


on the Center Ball committee, Jones helped launch Success Under 40, an event that celebrated local women in business. “Over the years I have identified great people that I would like to work with, Kelly was one of them. From the first time I met her at a Kiwanis meeting I knew Kelly would make a great employee at The Argus Observer. When there was an opening in the advertising department, I made a call to Kelly,” Dillon said. He added that she has “proven to be a huge asset to the newspaper and this promotion was the next step for advancing her newspaper carrier.” When asked what she likes most about working with clients, Jones said its helping them build success.

For the past two years, Jones has won first place at the Oregon Newspaper Association’s Ad Con, for her work building advertising campaigns that have not only been successful in the Western Treasure Valley, but could also be as successful in other newspaper throughout Oregon.

“One part that is really amazing to see is when you are working with new businesses — especially ones not even from here — and you go meet with them and put together a package, and they jump on board and see a return — their business becomes super successful,” she said.

She has thoroughly enjoyed building rapport with community leaders and business owners, Jones said. This has included her personal passion: helping with events. In addition to sitting

“It’s fun to be able to provide that service, because the [Argus Observer] is the main source of news and advertising in the area.”


She thrives on being able to show the value of marketing to business both new and old.

Jones, who was born and raised in Vale and graduated its high school in 2006, said it’s her family and community support that she enjoys most about the Western Treasure Valley. Jones’ family includes her husband, Kit; and children, Liam, 8; Kate, 7; and Davis, 2. Her children are one of the main reasons she joined Kiwanis club when moving from Vale to Ontario. “I thought it would be a good way to help my kids and others have a good future,” Jones said. Through her widespread involvement, she has been able to watch community members lean on each other. “It’s incredible when you’re involved in events. You see how hard people work, how much people donate to help the community succeed time and time again,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get to see that, but it’s really cool to be a part of.”

George Olsen readies his finger on a button on the press as it prints a Aug. 22 edition of The Argus Observer. Photo Credit: Hunter Marrow | The Argus Observer


A pressman, who over the years watched the digital era change many things about his line of work for local newspapers, has decided to retire because, he says, his to-do list is getting too long. George Olsen’s last day at The Argus Observer will be Sept. 2, when he will help print the Sunday edition. Olsen got his start in the industry in 1980, when he worked at a print shop in the back of the Independent-Enterprise in Payette. There, he set type for jobs ordered by area general commercial businesses and worked on letterpresses, such as Hydelbergs and Snappers. When that print shop closed its doors, a new opportunity opened for Olsen. His experience at the commercial printer, helped him become a Jackof-all-trades in the Argus Observer’s mailroom and pressroom when he started in 1982. Hired for a part-time position in the mailroom, Olsen said, he soon found he had to be “basically in two different places at the same time.” He worked on cutting his trail down, he said, by finding ways to become more efficient. Olsen was so good at doing that, he was asked to help in other areas, such as hand-stuffing the papers. To streamline the process of hand-stuffing advertising inserts into the Sunday edition of the Argus and the Treasure Valley Reminder, Olsen set up stations. “I had eight people set up at eight stations with their inserts before I could even relax,” he said. Before he knew it, Olsen was working full time.

He began helping out in other areas of the pressroom. It didn’t take long for him to learn the ropes. “I flew the press, and helped burn plates,” Olsen said. That included burning news-page images to the tune of about 100 plates (four each per color page, one for black and white) each Saturday night for the Sunday paper. He even unloaded trucks that brought deliveries to the Argus and organized advertising inserts as they came in. Throughout the years, he said, things changed with those inserts. The biggest change being the area’s loss of multiple “big businesses” that “bellied up over the years,” Olsen said. The other change happened about 20 years ago, he said, when the mailroom got an inserting machine. “George has seen a lot of changes in newspaper production over the years,” Argus Publisher John Dillon said. “The old labor intensive process is now computerized and efficient.” There were plenty of other areas in which Olsen worked behind the scenes at the Argus over the years. This included helping build the float for the annual Winter Wonderland Parade and helping out with maintenance on various projects throughout the building, including sprinklers, plumbing and more. Olsen was born and raised in New Plymouth and graduated high school there in 1972.

that is about 1 and a-half years old and a black lab that is about 5 years old. His wife of 28 years, Carol, died April 22, 2016. It was through an area dating service that Olsen met his wife in 1987. The two met up at Copper’s Kitchen (now Denny’s Restaurant) in Ontario.

“That was it, and I fell in love with her,” he said.

After he works on home maintenance, including replacing windows and doorway, fencing the backyard and getting a [food] garden going, Olsen says he plans to “travel a little bit” during his retirement. This will include a trip to the Oregon coast with his daughter, Michelle, who was diagnosed with epilepsy last year. He’s likely to find time in the near future to pick back up one of his favorite pastimes — making handmade jewelry. And while he’ll have more free time without having to punch the clock regularly, Olsen says it’s not the work he’ll miss. “It’s just the people,” he said. Argus employees will likely immediately notice his absence, as every time the press starts George announces the press call over the intercom for the newspaper that is being printed. His final press call was Sept. 2. “George has been an integral part of The Argus Observer production and will be missed,” Dillon said.

He has two daughters, Shelly and Michelle, and two dogs, a Chihuahua mix WINTER 2017



The Arizona Range News earned second place for general excellence for newspapers with a circulation under 3,500 at the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 2017 Better Newspapers Contest.


The Range News tied for second place with the Arizona Capitol Times, in Phoenix, which both followed the General Excellence winner, Wick Communications’ Nogales International.

General Excellence awards are determined by a point total from the awards the newspaper received in the Better Newspaper Contest.

In addition, the newspaper received first place for its website,; as well as third place in three separate categories — reporting and news writing excellence, departmental news and copywriting excellence, and page design excellence. The Range News also received second place in community service/journalistic achievement for reporter Carol

Broeder’s articles covering a proposed 85-percent water rate increase for Clear Springs Utility customers in Pearce-Sunsites. Broeder also received a third-place honor in best sustained coverage or series for her articles on farm-related dust issues on I-10; Steve Reno received second place in best sports story for the article “Willcox Football reaches inevitable decision”; Broeder and former managing editor Ainslee S. Wittig received first place in best feature photo layout for “Rex Allen Days in Willcox” in 2016; and Wittig received second place in best feature photograph for “Spotter at the Quarterback Club Auction.” This year, 49 newspapers entered in the Better Newspapers Contest for a total of 1,463 entries. The contest consists of nine categories that measure the overall quality of the newspapers and 24 categories that honor individuals who contribute to journalism excellence. In the ANA Excellence in Advertising competition, the Range News tied for third place with the Nogales International, which both followed the Coolidge Examiner with second place

and the Eloy Enterprise, which won first place.
Reno received second place in best newspaper promotion ad, series or section, as well as third place in both best black and white ad, and best paid ad series black and white. In the advertising contest, 39 newspapers entered for a total of 459 entries. The competition consists of 12 categories that measure the overall quality of advertising created by the newspaper staff.

The New Mexico Press Association judged the entries for both contests.

“These awards reaffirm Arizona Range News’ commitment to quality coverage of the happenings of Willcox and surrounding areas,” said Range News Managing Editor David Bell. “That commitment will continue as we transition to our new tabloid — ‘tall tab’ — format, effective Nov. 1.” The awards were presented Saturday, Sept. 30, at the conclusion of the ANA Fall Convention and Annual Meeting at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.


Arizona Range News publisher Monica Watson, left, shares a laugh with Cochise County Supervisor Peggy Judd and her husband, Kent, during a November open house at the Range News office. Photo Credit: David Bell Arizona Range News

Arizona Range News sales executive Steve Reno chats with Woody Johnson, from Kempton Auto Sales, during the open house. Photo Credit: David Bell/Arizona Range News



Rotary Club of Douglas President, Aaliyah Montoya presents former president, Meegan Muse with a award of recognition during their July 11 meeting. Montoya is a reporter for the Douglas Dispatch and the new president of the Douglas Rotary Club.


The Rotary Club of Douglas inducted their new president, Douglas Dispatch reporter Aaliyah Montoya, this past summer. The Douglas Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, the world’s largest civic organization— with 1.2 million men and women who work to create positive, lasting change in communities around the world. Montoya, 22, was born in Sierra Vista and raised in Douglas. She graduated from Douglas High School in 2013, and has worked as a reporter at the Douglas Dispatch since 2014. It has been confirmed that Montoya is the youngest Rotary Club president in her district of Southeast Arizona. Although records are not available to confirm, Montoya believes she is also the youngest Rotary president in the state, and possibly one of the youngest in the country. “I work with so many great organizations on a daily basis, who I wish I could give more of my personal time to,” said

Montoya. “It was time to join a cause bigger than myself and the Rotary Club reeled me in.” In Douglas, the club has focused on raising money for education, through fundraising events like the Fly-in and Pancake Breakfast, beer garden and hamburger sales, and organized raffles. This past year the club was able to continue their annual Dictionary Project, which provided free dictionaries to all third-grade students in the area, as well as educational scholarships to the two most improved students at Douglas High School. More recently, the club was able to fulfill requirements to receive a $2,000 grant from Rotary District 5500. The club raised $2,100 to match the grant, and will use that money for the Douglas High School Library Books project. Through this grant the high school library will be replenished with $4,100 worth of new books, which includes an update to the library’s e-book subscription.

“I think many of the articles I write help others, whether it be promotion for a fundraiser, or bringing awareness to certain organizations or issues,” Montoya said.

“Volunteering after hours, for me, is just an extension of my career. I believe reporters can be great assets to service clubs. We offer a wider perspective of the community and valuable connections.”



The staff at Chiricahua Community Health Centers Inc. gather for a group shot after they were named Douglas’ Best Health Care Provider.


Some of Douglas’ best businesses were recognized on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Best of Douglas 2017 celebration. The event was hosted by the Douglas Dispatch. In August the Douglas Dispatch began a citywide online contest where local residents could nominate and then vote in September for those businesses they felt exemplified the Best of Douglas. The top three winners in each category were invited to the celebration where the winners would be announced. An estimated 150 people attended the Best of Douglas event. “I know a lot about this community that you don’t see on the surface,” Douglas Dispatch Publisher Tom Riebock said in his opening remarks.” This is the first, and hopefully not the last, Best of Douglas.” Riebock said the Dispatch sponsored this event because they wanted to recognize the businesses that have served the community for many, many years. “The newspaper simply provided a platform in which people in the community voted,” he said. “If you are 10


here winning an award it’s because people in your community voted for you and recognized your service.” Douglas Dispatch reporter Aaliyah Montoya served as the Master of Ceremonies at the Best of Douglas event.

“We had about 50 different nominations in nearly 30 different categories,” she said.

“In all we had close to 4,000 votes… I hope all the nominees know that one of your customers, one of your clients, took time out to make sure you got recognized for all that you do in our community.” Montoya encouraged those in attendance to go out and continue to support not only the businesses that won but all the businesses in Douglas. Douglas’ Mayor Robert Uribe attended the celebration and congratulated the winners. He added he knows firsthand, the challenges of operating a small business since he was once a small business owner himself prior to becoming Mayor.

“You all are our backbone to economic development,” he said. Douglas’ Economic Development Director David Carranza was the guest speaker for the event. “How many of you want to be the very best,” Carranza asked the audience. “We all want to be the very best... I know firsthand, it takes a lot of work. I was a businessman for close to 20 years. It is very tough. It seems like you are working 24/7, 365 days a year.” Carranza stated that without small business the United States could not prosper. He added he has been a customer at many of the businesses that were being honored at the event. “Being the best is now going to be a little tougher for you,” he said. “There are going to be some other people that want to be the best next year.” Carranza said the mayor continues to brag that Douglas is the best border community in the United States and this event is helping him backup those remarks.

Well known local barber Jose Cantu was all smiles as he shows off his two awards from the Best of Douglas event.

Douglas Dispatch Publisher Tom Riebock provided some welcoming remarks at the Best of Douglas event.

Former Dispatch circulation manager Frank Barrios provided some musical entertainment with his saxophone.

This was one of the main table settings at the Best of Douglas event Nov. 7.

Crowds were lined up as soon as the doors opened waiting to get in to the Best of Douglas event Nov. 7. Photo Credit: All photos by Douglas Dispatch staff

Dispatch reporter Aaliyah Montoya served as the Master of Ceremonies.




Neil Anderson, Alessia Alaimo, Nick Monico, Patricia Wick and Jennifer Sorenson.

A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE BEST More than 30,000 votes were submitted and the results of the annual Herald/Review “Best of the Vista and Tombstone,” and “Best of Bisbee” were announced on Friday, Sept. 15. Readers voted for what they consider to be,the best local service providers in terms of the area’s automotive; food and drink; good deeds; health, wellnes s and beauty; home life; shopping and services; sports and recreation; and work and education.

When the votes were tabulated, a special section was published highlighting the winners, along with second and third place vote getters in some 39 categories. Representatives of competing businesses attended an awards night celebration, complete with finger food and lots of fun, as the award winners were announced.

“Best of” nominees enjoying the evenings celebration.

From left to right: Pagination Manager Bethany Strunk, Publisher Jennifer Sorenson, Business Manager Joan Hancock, Business Office Assistant Fanny Weiland, Advertising Director Becky Bjork and Becky’s daughter Emily Bjork. Photo Credit: Fort Huachuca artist in resident.


Fanny Weiland, Herald/Review Legal Advertisement & Business Office Assistant, coordinated a fun evening with colleagues at Fort Huachuca’s monthly Sip and Create event. 12


Laughter filled the air as each individual artist painted their own version of birch trees in the fall. One instructor claimed “gorgeous” as endorsement of Joan Hancock’s creation.

Fun was had by all and the group already has sights on their next creative adventure.


From left to right: Alexis Ramanjulu, Jennifer Downer, Lauren Renteria, Eric Sorenson, Diane Kuhn and Laura Duncan. Photo Credit: Mark Levy


The Herald/Review welcomed several new staff members. Lauren Renteria, Herald/Review summer editorial intern and recent University of Arizona graduate was hired fulltime; Alexis Ramanjulu a recent Arizona State Uni-

versity and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism graduate was hired as a sports reporter; Eric Sorenson came to us from the Great Falls Tribune as a district manager; Jennifer Downer is a new customer service representa-

tive, Laura Duncan was hired on as an advertising sales assistant and Diane Kuhn rounds out the advertising team as an inside sales representative.

NEW HERALD/REVIEW WEBSITES CATER TO A YOUNGER DEMOGRAPHIC Readers have one more option to be engaged and informed with the Herald/ Review’s brand new community-based websites. In addition to the paper’s traditional news site, the three websites —, and — will feature current events, highlight southern Cochise County’s social scene and have a section made especially for readers’ social media accounts. “It’s a whole different way to do a newspaper website,” said Alessia Alaimo, digital media manager for Wick Communications, adding that the sites are all about the readers. “It’s about them, their social experience and their social media presence.” The three sites come in addition to the Herald/Review’s new format — which debuts Sept. 1 — and highlight the newspaper’s new special sections. Each section will have its own website with exclusive content to reach a broader audience through social media, photo galleries and community events. There are areas on each of the new sites for advertisers and readers to

share social media feeds and Instagram photos. With a hashtag, folks can watch their posts contribute to the site’s content, said Becky Bjork, advertising director for the Herald/Review. SoCo Vitality will serve as an extension to Herald/Review Media’s popular quarterly women’s magazine. The page will spotlight regional events and the magazine’s feature stories on a digital platform. The Herald/Review’s Tempo section has been reimagined to SoCo A&E — Arts and Entertainment. It’s a new take on anything and everything happening around southern Cochise County. SoCo A&E will not only feature local music, but also highlight the best of the county’s culture, arts and literature. From local sports to the best places to take a hike will be featured in the Herald/Review’s SoCo Active section. The combination section will encompass our previous sports-only section and Rec page. The new section will tackle our local sports scene as well as the best areas to stay active in

southern Cochise County with help from local sports and outdoor clubs. The three websites are very different from the Herald/Review’s traditional news site, Alaimo said. During the design process, she wanted to make the three sites fun, exciting and engaging for readers while still making sure the audience get its daily dose of news. Alaimo said the new sites are more art- rather than text-centric, like social media. The site will flow like Facebook, she said, and will feature one article after the next. And while it’s still a place for readers to get their news, the three sites are more interactive and reader-friendly. Neil Anderson, Herald/Review digital media specialist, said the sites will not only make the paper’s website more engaging but also cater to a younger audience. Right now, readers 18 to 34 years old make up about 25 percent of the print audience while that same age group contributes to 38 percent of the online audience.




Reporter Dana Cole and Wick Circulation Director Jeff Scott win gift cards for best Chili. Photo Credit: Jennifer Sorenson



The “State of the Herald/Review” address was upstaged by more than ten chili entrants to the inaugural Herald/Review chili cookoff.

The challenge to the staff was to taste and vote on more than ten varieties of chili prior to Publisher Jennifer Sorenson’s quarterly update.

The building’s aroma of comfort cooking made mouths water as bellies were filled with bountiful flavor.

Lively conversation accompanied unique ways to make sure each entry was sampled. The best of the


best was easily indicated by the empty crockpots. The inaugural chili cookoff titles went to Reporter Dana Cole and Wick Circulation Director Jeff Scott.


FESTIVAL OF TREES CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS, COMMUNITY On the evening of Nov. 29, the Herald/Review, the Sierra Vista Chamber and the Mall at Sierra Vista hosted the 18th annual Festival of Trees to benefit the Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program. The Herald/ Review has been a longtime sponsor of this community event, which picks a different charity to benefit from the festival.

The event included a silent auction, a raffle and musical performances.

At the event, 90 decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses

and centerpieces were either sold or auctioned. The pieces were all donations from the community. Local businesses donated a total of 83 gifts to the raffle, including a $500 gift certificate at the mall, a sapphire ring, a barbecue grill, gift baskets and gift certificates to restaurants and local businesses. It was the 18th annual celebration of the event.

READERS RESPOND TO NEW FORMAT On Sept. 1, the Sierra Vista Herald and the Bisbee Daily Review became one product with a completely new format. Our flag now flies at the top of our front page as Herald/Review Media. Prior to Sept. 1, readers received what the industry refers to as a “broadsheet” format, featuring a layout that is longer than it is wide. It lands on the doorstep measuring 22.75 inches long and 11 inches wide. The new format, referred to by newspapers as the “Berliner” format, measures wider than it is long. The publication changed to a colorful 15 inches wide, and 11.378 inches tall. THE FORMAT IS ALL THE RAGE IN EUROPE. More importantly, our surveys of readers and non-readers who got an early glimpse of our “Berliner” format have been positive about the change. Collecting feedback from our audience and community has put Pat Wick, Assistant General Manager, on the front line

of reader reaction to the new format. Together with Jillaine Eastridge, our Customer Service Manager, Pat Wick spent time during the Fourth of July weekend manning a booth at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Sierra Vista. The duo talked with subscribers and non-subscribers alike and offered movie tickets to those who completed a questionnaire after inspection of the new format. THE RESULTS WERE A BIT EYE-POPPING. Pat reported 56 surveys were collected with an overwhelming number of participants complimenting the format change. Especially exciting was the reaction of 29 of the 33 non-subscribers who stopped by the Herald/Review booth at the Fourth of July event. “We were happy to hear that people who aren’t getting the paper would consider the newspaper now because it will be easier to read,” she said.

The “wider-than-long” layout provides a platform that prioritizes photography. As exemplified by the international newspapers already printing in this format, great photography on the front page often drives an issue and compels a community response. That’s an area that hasn’t changed at the Herald/Review. Our awardwinning photographer and longtime staffer, Mark Levy, has continued to provide professional-quality art for our front pages.

Changing our format has inspired a refreshing review of our “look” and presentation to the community.



DRU SANCHEZ TOOK OVER AS PUBLISHER Of The Green Valley News And Sahuarita Sun On August 1, 2017

She comes to Wick Communications from the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, where she spent more than five years as Digital Sales Manager and Classified Ad Director. She also worked 21 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she held several positions including Recruitment Sales Manager and Advertising Operations Manager. She has two children and four grandchildren.

“Green Valley is so lush with the pecan trees and the mountains,” Sanchez said. “I’m looking forward to hiking, getting involved in the community and learning more about the history of Green Valley and its surroundings.” Wick Communications CEO Francis Wick said Sanchez will carry on a tradition of strong leadership at the papers.

“We’re excited to have Dru’s passion for local journalism, coupled with her familiarity and love of the region, making her the ideal candidate to continue the great work being done at the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun,” he said.

The Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun crew dressed up for Halloween on Oct. 31, and customers coming through the front door loved it. 16


NEW 12-MEMBER READER ADVISORY BOARD The Green Valley News put out the call seeking to form a 12-member Reader Advisory Board and heard back from 40 people who wanted in. The paper has had ad hoc committees in the past but this one — increased to 15 because so many people wanted to be a part — will meet monthly for a year. After that, 15 different people will be appointed.

DRU SANCHEZ, publisher of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, helps veterans line up for a photo

The paper held its first meeting in November,

including life experience, age, gender, politics and more. It was clear after the first meeting that they’d selected the right group.

where they talked about the new tall tab look coming in January. The discussion was helpful, respectful and focused. The papers reached for diversity in the make-up of the board,

December’s meeting is focused on the 2018 election season, along with a written survey about what readers think of the paper.

shoot on Veterans Day. The papers provided breakfast for vets before the start of the popular Sahuarita Pecan

Festival, with 54 showing up for the photo, and a total of about 100 people in attendance.

MARISSA MITCHELL, who works in advertising sales, has fun at the Sahuarita Sun booth at the Sahuarita Pecan Festival on Nov. 11. The event attracts thousands of visitors.




The inaugural 15 Under 40 nominees gather for a photo at the banquet. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Seth Skinner, Dustin Welker, Lareina Jackson, Sam Curtis, Kristi Johnson, Emily Muteb, Katie Wilson, Aerial Nyen Alex Giampietro, Philip Ornelas, Emily Rhinehart and Denita Marble. Photo Credit: David Bell Photo/Eastern Arizona Courier

EASTERN ARIZONA COURIER/COPPER ERA HOST INAUGURAL 15 UNDER 40 DAVID BELL | EDITOR@EACOURIER.COM SAFFORD — Celebrating those under the age of 40 making a difference in the Gila Valley was capped with the naming of the Individual of the Year. To no one’s surprise, the inaugural 15 Under 40 Individual of the Year was Dustin Welker, the Planning and Community Development director for the City of Safford.

Dustin Welker and Courier/Copper Era publisher Monica Watson share a laugh as Welker receives his plaque as a 15 Under 40 nominee. Welker was named the inaugural 15 Under 40 Individual of the Year. Photo Credit: David Bell/Eastern Arizona Courier

Welker has been behind a number of improvements to the community, including improvements to Safford’s Downtown, and Firth and Glenn Meadows park; he is the city’s eyes and ears for events, including Merry Main Street, the Holiday Light, Cinco de Mayo and County Fair parades, and Harvest Festival; and he works with neighboring agencies on multijurisdictional projects, such as improvements to Mt. Graham Golf Course and the multiuse path. Welker completed a Bachelor’s Degree in construction management from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Western Governors University, and worked for a time in Flagstaff. But he said he always knew where he was going to end up.

Courier/Copper Era sales associates, from left, Claudia Rios, Ingrid Gray and James Copeland man the awards table. Photo Credit: David Bell/Eastern Arizona Courier



“I wanted to come back home; I want to live my whole here. And that’s how I go about my job everyday, because I want

my children to want to live their whole loves here, too,” Welker said after receiving his award. The 15 Under 40 program celebrating those under 40 making a difference in Graham and Greenlee counties, was the brainchild of Monica Watson, publisher of Eastern Arizona Courier and the Copper Era. “So many of the people here are doing amazing things. Like Denita Marble, who has fostered children for 17 years; and Aerial Nye, who had to overcome life-threatening injuries and is now one of the area’s most successful restaurant managers,” Watson said. “That you all for coming back home and making a difference. And please encourage your children to come home, too.” The inaugural class of 15 Under 40 nominees was treated to a dinner at the Branding Iron Steakhouse and the awarding of plaques. Todd Haynie, director of public relations and marketing for Eastern Arizona College, and who will assume the duties as college president in May 2018, was the keynote speaker. He praised the honorees for coming back home and extolled them to keep doing what they’re doing — making a difference in the community. The inaugural 15 Under 40 class of nominees included: Bruce Bryce, Sam Curtis, Alex Giampietro, Lareina Jackson, Kristi Johnson, Santiago Lopez, Marble, Emily Muteb, Nye, Philip Ornelas, Lee Patterson, Emily Rhinehart, Seth Skinner, Welker and Katie Wilson. Sponsors included Branding Iron Steakhouse, Ginaveve’s, the Plantation, Trophies ‘N Tees, Graham County Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Arizona Courier and the Copper Era.



Tar paper lines the roof the Eastern Arizona Courier building, the last major repair to be completed following a freak hailstorm Oct. 8, 2016, damaged flooded the building and damaged the roof

Courier columnist Hank Slotnick, left, chats with Courier staff reporter David Sowders during the Courier/Copper Era open house. Photo Credit: David Bell/Eastern Arizona Courier


SAFFORD — Staff of Eastern Arizona Courier and the Copper Era newspapers hosted an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 1 to introduce the public to the new tall tab format. Courier/Copper Era business manager Stephanie Jones offers to Thatcher Mayor Bob Rivera one of the evening’s giveaways, a cell phone stand, at the newspapers’ open house. Photo Credit: David Bell/Eastern Arizona Courier

The open house gave the public an opportunity to tour the newspapers’ offices, meet the staff and ask questions about the two newspapers’ recent change to the tabloid format.

Publisher Monica Watson welcomed those in attendance and gave away a number of prizes, including insulated bags, blankets, a giant Rice Krispie Treat and a prize package from the upcoming Gila Valley Comic-Con, including the “Dark Knight” trilogy of films on DVD, a Wonder Woman Funko Pop!, a Batman comic book and a $25 gift card to GameStop. WINTER 2017


Greg Willhite adjusts his eclipse indirect-viewing apparatus. Photo Credit: Denise Utter

Miguel Castillo and Justin St. John watch as the eclipse’s shadow changes in size. Photo Credit: Denise Utter


The Last Time The Contiguous U.S. Saw A Total Eclipse Was In 1979 On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun and Central Design watched this celestial event via a YouTube-inspired device built by Lead Designer Greg Willhite. The indirect-viewing apparatus was a finder scope poking through a piece of cardboard, taped onto a tripod. Greg’s filtering device projected an image of the sun onto a screen and allowed us



to safely view the eclipse. The design team took a small break to observe this awe-inspiring event, which drew neighboring shopkeepers.

The next time the contiguous U.S. will see a total eclipse is 2024.

CHRISTMAS IN TUCSON! Happy Holidays from us to you! It’s been an exciting year full of digital products from OwnLocal SEO to Programmatic Buys to OUR HIGHEST promotional year with Second Street!!! Thank you for all your hardwork and dedication to making Wick Digital a big priority in your day to day strategies. In September, Ian Kirkwood joined the Wick Digital as our Digital Operations Specialist. He has been an amazing asset to the team and I couldn’t ask for a better teammate.

Ian, joined the company in 2003 at The San Pedro Valley News-Sun, where he held a variety of roles during his 11 year tenure there. During that time, he was production manager, IT manager and circulation manager. He transferred to the corporate office in 2014 and joined the IT department.

Looking forward to 2018!

Alessia Alaimo, Wick Digital Manager

’s ¡Órale! Where the snow?

IAN KIRKWOOD, Digital Operations Specialist

Greg Willhite, Gabe Armenta, Al Ureña, David Diaz, Alessia Alaimo, Jodi Ceason, Denise Utter, Miguel Castillo, Brittney Trojanowski, Justin St. John, Roxanne Murray, Cindy Hefley, Charles West and Duane Hollis.

Nothing like Christmas music and decorating our tree with a handmade Daily Territorial paper skirt.

Eagle the Christmas Tree.

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Louie Castoria — that is him with the eye patch — greets fans at a Half Moon Bay brewery. Photo Credit: Susy Castoria

NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST CELEBRATES 20 YEARS Castoria Quips About Coast CL AY L AMBERT In November 1997, Louie Castoria was a busy and successful San Francisco attorney in need of a release. He recalled his college years, when he penned a column for the student newspaper at San Francisco State University. He enjoyed sharing his unique sense of humor with fellow students and it provided a creative outlet. So, he made a fateful contact with the editor and publisher of his hometown newspaper, the Half Moon Bay Review. The newspaper then struck one of its most successful deals ever: It offered Castoria exactly no money to produce a 400-word column each week.

Apparently no math whiz, Castoria said it was a deal.

the column that I’m usually two weeks ahead of deadline.”

The result is Quip Tide. It’s a weekly humor column, often focused on aspects of life on the coast that those over the hill might not recognize. He has just the right tone, gently skewering the comfortable and pointing out the absurdities of coastal living.

“Louie is a joy on two fronts,” said editor Clay Lambert. “First, he is always on time. He’s like a German train that way. Secondly, and most important, his column is always a joy to read. If it’s a mental vacation for him, it’s just as necessary to my Mondays.”

“Writing ‘Quip Tide’ is a little mental vacation for me each week a chance to think about something silly instead of the serious stuff that occupies the rest of the time,” he said in a question and answer that appeared in the November issue of Half Moon Bay magazine. “I’m so eager to be writing

Castoria celebrated his 20-year milestone by hosting a party at the Sacrilege Brewery in downtown Half Moon Bay. A steady stream of fans stopped by to shake the hand of the man who has kept them in stitches for a generation.

HOUSE ADS REVEAL PEOPLE BEHIND REVIEW Staffers Share Things They Love CL AY L AMBERT One day this summer, Review Publisher Bill Murray had one of those genius marketing ideas for which is was famous. Let’s feature ourselves in house ads, he explained. As usual, Editor Clay Lambert did little more than contributing a headline: “Let’s Review.” Each ad, run consecutively over a two-month period featured a staff member doing something he or she loved. Photographer Jamie Soja supplied glorious portraits of staffers engaged in their favorite activities, and employees wrote a bit about what they loved doing. Contributor Vanitha Sankaran told readers about her time working as a real rocket scientist. Copy editor Julie Gerth wrote about playing with a community orchestra. Editor Clay Lambert posed in the library with stacks of books he’d read. Many readers talked about the house ads and they seemed to appreciate learning more about the people who produce the newspaper each week. 22


Review staff writer Sara Hayden writes about how flowers keep her grounded.

Review editor Clay Lambert, left, rides a bicycle built for two with Bill Murray.

RESPECTED PUBLISHER, DESIGN GURU MOVES ON Murray Made Presence Felt Throughout Company CL AY L AMBERT Longtime Half Moon Bay Review publisher Bill Murray resigned from the company in November. He took a position in public relations with a Half Moon Bay development company. Murray began with the Review in 2005. He worked for several years as the newspaper’s production director before being promoted to publisher.

Murray was admired throughout the company for his design acumen and business savvy. His tenure included the launch of a second monthly magazine and the popular Eat and Neighborhoods special publications. He was responsible for the newspaper’s first money-making event, the Senior Living Fair. He wrote a popular publisher’s note in the

magazines and his graphic design work consistently brought out the very best in Review journalism.

More than that, Murray was universally respected inside and outside the building.

Review staffers, including Clay Lambert, center, participated in a discussion of the Bay Area housing crisis held over dinner. Photo Credit: Jamie Soja / Review

REVIEW PARTICIPATES IN HOUSING CONVERSATION Newspaper Hosts Dinner Funded By Foundation CL AY L AMBERT The Half Moon Bay Review hosted a community conversation centered around what every California Bay Area resident knows simply as “the housing crisis.” The crisis is this: Most Bay Area residents struggle mightily to make the rent or mortgage payment. The average home in San Mateo County, where the Review publishes, costs more than $1 million. A recent study suggested that, in order to have enough money for living arrangements, expenses

and adequate savings, a local resident would need to earn $126,000. Needless to say, most don’t earn that much. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation paid most of the tab for dinner on Nov. 15. Review Editor Clay Lambert invited a half-dozen people he thought were representative of interesting outlooks on the problem. Gathered around a dinner of pizza, salad and wine that night was a Realtor, a homeowner, a landlord, a teacher, a city councilwoman and the leader of a social services

organization for Latino residents. They were joined by Lambert, Review writer Sara Hayden and the newspaper’s photographer, Jamie Soja. The discussion became the focus of a story and editorial in the next issue of the newspaper. Suffice to say, the group didn’t solve the problem that night. But there were some interesting ideas, including rent stabilization, tiny houses and deals for developers to encourages smaller, more affordable homes. WINTER 2017


GOBBLE, GOBBLE: Montrose Eats Up MDP’s Thanksgiving Edition STAFF REPORT The Montrose Daily Press celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by going back in time, and it received tremendous feedback from the community.

is looking at making that concept an annual tradition. She added she was proud of the news team and entire MDP staff for its efforts.

MDP Managing Editor Matt Lindberg first began planning for Thanksgiving Day edition in August, brainstorming ideas and talking with staff about concepts throughout late summer and early fall. The editorial staff, with help from Circulation Manager Ian Jameson, eventually tracked down a Thanksgiving Day 1917 edition of the MDP and decided to created a “throwback” edition with modern content (everything on the front page was in black and white except the advertisements). They recreated the retro flag and Lindberg commissioned the MDP’s Oscar Chavez Castaneda to create a cartoon that screamed “Thanksgiving in Montrose.”

“I have been impressed with the process from beginning to end,” Maddox

said. “The final product was definitely beyond my expectations and I am so very pleased with what the editorial team accomplished.”

In early November, Lindberg reached out to about a dozen residents and invited them to join the editorial staff for a planning meeting of the Thanksgiving edition at its office. The one-hour meeting generated plenty of great feedback and lively discussion, as well as a suggestion to write an updated story from 1917 front page about the then-planned opening of the historic “Million-Dollar Highway” south of town. “We’re really driven and take a lot of pride in being a community multimedia company, so I thought it would be a lot of fun to involve the community in our biggest edition of the year,” Lindberg said. “The meeting with the community was a lot of fun. The newsroom team was extremely humbled that all of these people took time out from their busy weekday to join us and be part of it. And it was really neat to see how enthusiastic they got.” The end result was a retro-looking paper loaded with local news stories, photos, columns, ads and more. The paper was delivered to all of Montrose proper that day, and the MDP staff was inundated with calls, texts and social media messages with readers who were excited and happy about the edition. Maddox said due to the overwhelming positive feedback from the community about the retro edition, the MDP

The front page of the Montrose Daily Press’ Thanksgiving Day 2017 edition.




Andrew Kiser and Monica Garcia were just looking for some real-world experience when they decided to apply for internships with Wick Communications in 2015 and 2013, respectively. Both interned over a summer at the Montrose Daily Press, and earlier in 2017, rejoined the multimedia company as full-time employees. Kiser serves as the sports/education reporter, while Garcia is the news editor. “I wanted to be a sports writer. That’s always been a dream of mine, since I was in high school,” said Kiser, who got a degree in mass communications from nearby Colorado Mesa University. ANDREW KISER

Kiser, originally from Dallas before his family relocated to Fruita, Colorado, interned at the MDP in 2015. He said he decided to take a chance when he saw the job posting online in the spring. “When I saw this position open up, I decided to go for it,” Kiser said. “It’s been great. I’ve had a lot of fun covering the different events, especially sports. There have been a lot of exciting games that have happened, competitive ones as well.” Garcia, who rejoined the team in October, interned at the Montrose Press back in the summer of 2013, working under the tutelage of the managing editor and then-News Editor Matt Lindberg, who is now the MDP’s managing editor.

“It was a great learning experience. It was the first time I had worked in a newsroom,” recalled Garcia, a Colorado native who studied journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “I met a lot of great people. I really enjoyed covering the entertainment beat.” Garcia, who transitioned to a reporter role after her internship, eventually landed at The Denver Post. There, she worked in different capacities. She said she wanted to come back to the MDP because she liked the community and paper. She also said she was excited about reteaming with Lindberg. “I really enjoyed working at the press. I felt this position was a great opportunity for me. Matt and I worked well together as a team before, so I was looking forward to working with him again,” she said. “It has been wonderful. I’m really enjoying being here. Our team is great.” Managing Editor Matt Lindberg praised Kiser and Garcia. “Andrew and Monica are two young and bright individuals who already have shown great promise,” Lindberg said. “Both of them have been wonderful additions to the Montrose Press.”



KATHARHYNN HEIDELBERG | KATHARYHNNH@MONTROSEPRESS.COM Dr. Mary Vader was a world away from Montrose in late August, but the accomplished pediatrician and humanitarian was very much on the minds of the community.

“I am so honored to be here tonight,” said Becky Mashburn of Elevate Fiber. “… Tonight is about you and the important women we have in our community. … We are here to celebrate that.”

Vader was named Woman of the Year at the Montrose Daily Press- and Elevate Fiber-presented Women of Distinction awards, which honored 25 remarkable local women.

Mashburn said the entire list of nominees was inspiring. “I, and also Elevate Fiber, are proud to call these women leaders,” she said.

Montrose Press Publisher Tonya Maddox initiated the inaugural Women of Distinction awards here, modeling it after a similar project she shepherded for the Examiner in Independence, Missouri. Initially, readers nominated women to be recognized for their roles in the community — and the result was a tough job for those charged with paring down the list to 25 finalists. Readers were so affected by the good works of local women that they nominated more than 90.

“All nominees on this stage have made an impact in the communities that they serve,” Maddox said, introducing the women with help from Montrose Daily Press Managing Editor Matt Lindberg.

The finalists took the stage to rounds of hearty applause.

In all, the nominees made for a stellar and distinguished list, Maddox said. All honorees were feted at the red-carpet event Thursday, which in addition to the presenting sponsors included platinum sponsor Montrose Memorial Hospital and gold-level sponsors Alpine Bank and Pediatric Associates, where Vader works. “It’s so impressive,” said Women of Distinction honoree Emily Smith, who worked with veterans through the Welcome Home Alliance. “I love they’re taking this focus and I’m so honored to be included in this group of women.”

“They are leaders in government, in industry, in philanthropy, in service, and their work continues to shape our communities,” Maddox said. WINTER 2017



The Nogales International and its staff won a slew of awards this year in two statewide contests, including the Arizona Newspapers Association’s prize for General Excellence among small papers.

It was one of 25 total newswriting and advertising prizes the paper collected at the association’s 2017 convention in September.

In the ANA’s Better Newspapers Contest, the NI won first place in the categories of General Excellence, Page Design Excellence and Editorial Page Excellence, and second place in Best Use of Photography, Best Website and Best Special Section. The paper competed in the division for non-dailies with a circulation under 3,500. In the individual categories, reporter Kendal Blust won four first-place prizes. She finished first in both Best Feature Story and Best Feature Photograph for her work in “Children of waste pickers find a helping hand,” as well as in Best Sports Story for “High school athletes face increasing pressure to specialize.” Blust, along with reporter Paulina Pineda and former reporter Norma Gonzalez, won a collective top prize in the category of Best Multimedia Storytelling for the “Food trucks of Santa Cruz County” series. Pineda also won first place in Investigative Reporting for “Documents shed light on NPD chief’s firing,” and she finished first in Best Sustained Coverage for a series of stories on dysfunction at the Nogales Police Department. Pineda also took home four thirdplace prizes: “Central American women look for clues in search for missing loved ones” in the Best News Story category, “Religious fervor encircles City Hall” in Investigative Reporting, “Where have all the paisanos gone?” in Enterprise Reporting and “‘It’s like a ghost town down there’” in Best Feature Photo Layout. Reporter Arielle Zionts won second place in Best Sustained Coverage for her stories on the contentious departure of a community college from Santa Cruz County. And she finished third in Best Sports Story with “Participants rave about martial arts classes – and their teacher.” Managing editor Jonathan Clark won first place in Best Column, Analy26


sis or Commentary for the editorial “The public must demand answers,” and first place in Headline Writing for “Spelling bee ends in ‘fatality.’” He also took third place in Best Feature Photograph for a shot of a family meeting at the border fence that ran with the story “What does Trump’s win mean for Nogales?” In the ANA’s Excellence in Advertising Awards, the NI’s Priscilla Bolaños won first place in Best Public Notice Section and second place in Best Special Advertising Section for her annual Children’s Coloring Book. A collection of ads for Champion auto sales won first place in Best Paid Color Ad Series, and the NI won second in General Excellence in Advertising. PRESS CLUB PRIZES In June, Pineda was named the state’s Community Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club, winning praise from judges for her pursuit of “the stories and the people that define a community quite literally on the edge.” The recognition, given as part of the APC’s 2016 writing and design awards, marked the third consecutive year that a staffer from the Nogales International won the APC’s top reporting prize for non-metro newspapers. Contest judge Dennis Joyce, assistant metro editor of the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times, wrote that Pineda’s reporting was “characterized by genuine voices, including rural students who endure long school bus rides and farm workers concerned they might not be allowed back after visiting family in Mexico. She is up to the task of chronicling the unique border region in and around Santa Cruz County.” In addition to Pineda’s recognition, current and former NI writers won nine individual reporting prizes in the contest. Zionts took first place in the community social issues reporting with her story “Deaf people cross multiple divides at the border,” in which she traveled to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with Reggie Holmes, a deaf man from Tucson. “This is an engaging piece and succeeds at educating the reader about the issues faced by people with a language and disability barrier,” the contest judge wrote. Blust won three prizes, including second place in community health reporting for “Nogales dentists try to compete with low prices in Sonora,” and third place in community immigration reporting for the stories “Haitian migrants arrive in Nogales, Sonora after months-long

journey” and “Still waiting at the border, Haitians fear deportation and family separation.” “Kendal Blust’s stories on Haitian migrants stuck on the border (were) well-written, giving a real sense of the difficulties (they) faced. The articles clearly described their travels from the Caribbean and through Latin America, only to be stalled in Nogales, Sonora,” the judge wrote. Her story “Central American migrants face difficult choices” also won a thirdplace prize, this one in the community human interest writing category. It focused on 21-year-old Carlos Mauricio Lobo, who, in an attempt to escape gang violence in his native El Salvador traveled by foot and freight train for two months to reach the U.S. border at Nogales, Sonora. “I’m still thinking about the young man sitting at the back of the migrant center after breakfast. Really nice job of using his situation to discuss such a multifaceted issue,” the contest judge wrote. Pineda finished second in community public safety reporting for “Patagonia’s profuse ticketing of Mexicans draws scrutiny,” a story that judge Shoshana Walter called “Great local watchdog reporting.”

“Pineda raised important questions about alleged racial profiling of Mexican drivers – traffic stops that have led to gigantic leaps in revenue,” Walter wrote.

Pineda also finished second in the community immigration reporting category with “Central American women look for clues in search for missing loved ones,” in which she “gave an important voice” to members of a caravan of Central American women who came to Nogales, Sonora last November, the judge wrote. Woodhouse, now with the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, won second place in community environmental reporting for “Toxic legacy of mining difficult to clean up,” a story about the high costs and other challenges of mitigating old mines in Santa Cruz County. Finally, Clark came in first in community editorial writing and third in statewide editorial writing for a collection of entries including “The public must demand answers,” “An exclusive Continued on Page 27

From left: Nogales International reporters Arielle Zionts, Kendal Blust and Paulina Pineda won numerous awards from the Arizona Press Club and Arizona Newspapers Association. Photo Credit: Jonathan Clark Continued from Page 26

campaign stop” and “End run around transparency.” In his comments about “The public must demand answers,” contest judge Andrew Green, editorial page editor for the Baltimore Sun, wrote: “The editorial argues an essential point – the need for diligence and transparency

in the investigation of police-involved shootings – and marshals as evidence both some well known cases from around the country but also a detailed examination of several in Arizona.”

based Arizona Capitol Times to cover the state House of Representatives. Her last day at the NI was Oct. 20.)

(Footnote: On the heels of her many reporting achievements and awards, Pineda was hired by the Phoenix-

CELEBRATING A WEDDING Nogales International staffers present and past gathered on Oct. 14 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico to celebrate the wedding of NI graphic designer Priscilla Bolaños and Eduardo Portillo Bracamonte.

Seen here from left: Arielle Zionts, Carmen Ibarra, Paulina Pineda, Kendal Blust, Murphy Woodhouse, Lizette Valle, Priscilla Bolaños, Maria Castillo, Jonathan Clark, Celina Cienfuegos, Manuel Coppola and Ricardo Villarreal.



The Nov. 28 edition of the Nogales International illustrates how the new “tall tab” format has helped give the paper an especially appealing visual aspect.


The Nogales International, along with most other Wick newspapers in Arizona, recently switched its print edition from a traditional broadsheet to a “tall tab” format. While the width of the printed pages remained the same, the height of the paper was reduced from 22 to 15 inches. As a result of the smaller size, the NI now has fewer stories per page, but more pages per edition.

The new format has also meant fewer stories that jump, and color on practically every page.

In addition, designer Priscilla Bolaños took advantage of the change in size to implement a number of other design adjustments, including a re-imagined banner on Page 1, new section headers and fonts.

The new format, which debuted Oct. 31, predictably spawned some anti-change grumbling. But for the most part, the response from the community has been positive. “Love the new format and color, keep it up,” wrote Miguel Lopez in a post to the NI’s Facebook page. Reacting to an image showing some of the pages of a tall-tab edition, Lori Grace Bailey wrote on Facebook: “Makes me want to subscribe again!”

Photo Credit: Priscilla Bolaños

JULY 4TH FESTIVITIES Ricardo Villarreal, circulation manager at the Nogales International, organized a booth for the NI at this year’s Independence Day celebration in Nogales. 28


In addition to a promotion offering three free months to new subscribers, the booth featured a game in which participants tried to win prizes by

tossing a rolled-up newspaper onto a doorstep.


For 118 years the San Pedro Valley News-Sun in Benson has been the voice and heartbeat of the communities it covers. Tucked away in the northwestern portion of Cochise County, the newspaper brings the community to its readers and advertisers, whether by capturing the stories and photos that help make the holidays special, human interest pieces, hard news or sports… the community’s newspaper is there. The News-Sun team remains committed to providing coverage of the events

and people that make the San Pedro Valley a special place to live, work and play. We are hitting the ground running for 2018 fresh off our tall tab format change in November — and which has been well received by our readership. We look forward to continuing along that path to bring a more vibrant and attractive product to our readers. “Our younger readers have absolutely loved our new look,” said Managing Editor Chris Dabovich. “And most all our older readership, at least the ones

I’ve encountered, have also embraced the change.” “Of course this doesn’t happen without a great team,” commented Dabovich. “We have input from every one of our team members on each publication, as well as how to better serve our readers and advertisers. Our dedicated team consists of Tom Reibock, Sue Perry, Michelle Garcia, Steve Reno, and our designers, Bethany Strunk, Zach and David.”

Here’s to a great 2018!



Tony Hall, left, The Daily Herald’s advertising supervisor, and account executive Rhonda Irby show off one of three The Daily Herald rocks placed as part of #RRRocks campaign in Roanoke Valley.


And Whenever The Community Participates In A New Trend, So, Too, Does The Daily Herald Scattered throughout the Valley are painted rocks that fit inside the palm of a hand. The rocks, which community members painted themselves, have words of inspiration, support, media references and more. The initiative began as the Kindness Rocks Project, which calls for participants to place painted stones in public areas to encourage the lives of others. In the spirit of the Kindness Rocks Project in Roanoke Rapids, The Daily Herald decided to place three rocks, which staff members painted with the newspaper’s name and colors, and reward those who find them. “We wanted to use the rocks to participate in a fun movement, to add a little bit of lightheartedness and fun.” said Tony Hall, the advertising supervisor with The Daily Herald. “And we also want people to see what a great paper we have.” When a rock is found by current subscribers, and brought back into The Daily Herald office, a three-month extension is added to their subscriptions. When non-subscribers turn in rocks to the office, they receive three-months 30


of The Daily Herald delivered to their home for free.

Three rocks were initially placed, one each in the communities of Weldon and Gaston and in Roanoke Rapids.

The first three rocks were found. Those same three were placed in different locations. Of the second set of three, only one had been returned as of Dec. 1. Circulation Director Krystal Murphy said four three-month subscriptions have been awarded for the rocks found. What makes it even more of a community event, local business owner Shannon Golden of Shannon Golden Designs created a Facebook group, #RRRocks. Through the use of a hashtag, those who find the stones are encouraged to join in, keeping or relocating the stones they find and making their own. Golden stumbled upon the project late one night while perusing the Internet.

Tall blades of grass camouflage one of The Daily Herald rocks hidden as part of the #RRRocks campaign in Roanoke Valley.

“I just thought it was a unique and simple way for all sorts of people to participate in something that revolved around kindness,” she said. “I also liked the randomness of it all. Not knowing who you could help with a simple gesture.”

Elvis was in the building on Oct. 12 for the 1950s themed Readers’ Choice Awards. Posing with Tony Hall as Elvis, center, are Linda Smith, left, Kristal Murphy, Laci Teal and Leslie Davis.

THE DAILY HERALD CONDUCTED ITS ANNUAL READERS CHOICE SURVEY, Which Culminated With The 1950S Themed Readers Choice Awards On Oct. 12 Publisher Rebecca Bradner announced the names of the 147 winners, a total of 588 businesses and individuals finished in the Top 4 of all the categories.

About 200 people attended from award winners to The Daily Herald staff members and the general public.

Pictured Above: Members of The Daily Herald staff went all out for the Readers Choice Awards Thursday night. Pictured in the front are Rebecca Bradner, left, Hope Callahan and Allison Coleman; second row are Linda Foster, left, Phyllis White, Tia Bedwell and Laci Teal; in the back row are Darian Liles, left, John Dixon, Linda Smith, Tony Hall, Kristal Murphy, Leslie Davis and Rhonda Irby.

Pictured To the Right: Publisher Rebecca Bradner is flanked by Tony (Elvis) Hall on her right and Tia (Marilyn Bedwell on her left.



SEVERAL NEW FACES CAN BE SEEN THROUGHOUT THE OFFICES OF THE DAILY HERALD In Fact, Since June, Eight People Have Started Or Returned To The Newspaper

The returning staffer is reporter ROGER BELL in the newsroom. Roger came to work for The Daily Herald in 2009 and left in 2014 for other opportunities. Fortunately, The Daily Herald had the opportunity to recruit Roger back. In September, he returned to the newsroom where he works as a general assignment reporter doing news, features, sports and enterprise reporting. Given his years working at The Daily Herald, Roger came back with a great number of leads and connections that allowed him to start reporting as if he never left. TONY HALL is a culinary genius, and he’s great at overseeing operations in the advertising department. Joining us in September as advertising supervisor, Tony is responsible for assisting the publisher with building and protecting The Daily Herald brand, creating and implementing sales plans and improving the newspaper’s revenue position. His strong knowledge of all things cuisine comes out twice a month in a food column The Daily Herald has published for about a year. In each entry, Tony tells stories that draw the reader to the food and then he provides recipes so they can enjoy firsthand what they have learned. ALLISON COLEMAN joined The Daily Herald staff in June as the circulation assistant. No job is too big or too small for Allison. She fully assists Circulation Director Kristal Murphy in overseeing the carriers and delivery operations.



She works directly with postal officials to ensure mailings of The Daily Herald are handled smoothly. And since delivery is a key part of her responsibilities, Allison is counted upon to handle down routes that open up when carriers leave or become ill. Come July, The Daily Herald put on a fresh face: LESLIE DAVIS, who works at the front counter as a customer service representative. When people come into The Daily Herald  offices to do business, the first face they are likely to see is Leslie’s. In this important role, Leslie offers “over-the-top” customer service to each person who comes to her counter. She serves as the hub of the newspaper’s wheel, answering the public’s questions and directing people for solutions to their problems whether they are editorial, advertising or business related. Up front with Leslie is LACI TEAL, The Daily Herald’s customer service assistant who came to the newspaper in August. Laci’s duties cover a wide swath. In her main role, Laci handles inside sales, specifically advertising sales for specialty pages that run the gamut of holiday, special interest and recognition pages. Laci sells holiday pages for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mothers and Fathers days, to name a few; Special interest pages include Pastor Appreciation and Fire Safety; and a regular salute to first responders leads the recognition pages. Along with those duties, Laci

also sells display advertising and classified liners, although from her desk and not out in the field. JAMAULA SYKES, or Jay, is a multimedia account executive who came to The Daily Herald in August. Jay sells print and digital ads, creates advertising and grows The Daily Herald’s business by bringing in more clients. Jay really likes getting out in the community, working with people, and helping them create ways to move their products and services to the forefront for consumers. Jay also is a jack of all trades who enjoys helping staff members do their jobs better when he has the time. DARIAN LILES  came to The Daily Herald in August, as well. Like Jay, Darian is a multimedia account executive who creates and sells print and digital advertising and grows The Daily Herald’s business by bringing in more clients. Darian, too, likes getting out in the community, working with people.  JACOBA NELSON  is an inserter who came to The Daily Herald  in August. Working in the mailroom requires speed and a great attention to detail. Jacoba offers both of those as she inserts newspaper sections together, add preprint advertising to packages and does the work for The Daily Herald and for its commercial printing clients.









The latest hires of The Daily Iberian stand in front of the newspaper’s location in New Iberia. From left to right are Account Executive Tina Partsch, Account Executive Sandy Courrege and News Reporter Danny Fenster. Photo Credit: Raymond Partsch III / The Daily Iberian


NEW IBERIA — The Daily Iberian is always looking for ways to better serve the community at large, and firmly believes that the latest additions to its staff will do just that. SANDY COURREGE joined the Advertising Department as a full-time Account Executive back in July. Courrege had spent the better part of the past 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, raising her three children, and that experience helped the New Iberia native make the transition to newspaper sales. “All of my experience with fundraising for all my kids over the years set me up perfectly to doing a sales rep job here at The Daily Iberian,” said Courrege, who led fundraising efforts for her kid’s cheerleading squads, boy scouts and soccer teams. Courrege also is relishing the fact that she has the opportunity to work for the same paper her mother George Ann Benard worked for in the early 1990’s as a reporter. “It has been a dream come true to follow in my mother’s footsteps when she worked here years ago,” Courrege said.

Her time spent at The Daily Iberian has also helped her become more involved with the community. “I am going to town hall meetings and chamber banquets now,” Courrege said. “I feel that I am more part of the community now and I know what is going on.” Louisiana native TINA PARTSCH was hired in August as a part-time Account Executive and brings 20 years of retail sales experience, including serving as assistant store manger for two different national chains. For Partsch, what appealed to her about joining the advertising staff of The Daily Iberian was the paper and company’s vision for the future. “I am thrilled to be working for a company who’s vision for community outreach and leadership will set a path for the future excellence of The Daily Iberian,” Partsch said. DANNY FENSTER meanwhile was hired in August as a full-time news reporter. The Michigan native had previously dabbled with journalism with freelance work for weeklies and websites, but before being hired at The

Daily Iberian had been most recently doing marketing and copyright work while serving as adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. “I had spent some years away from journalism due to how the industry had been hurt in some metropolitan areas,” Fenster said. “I wanted to get back in the industry and knew that I would need to get into a smaller market. I am thrilled to have found a familyowned company that is still investing in newspaper journalism.” Fenster admits that he has had to adjust to the humidity and heat of south Louisiana, and has had to learn how to properly spell all the Cajun French names that are prevalent in the area. Besides those two things, Fenster has quickly adapted to life in the Teche Area. “It really has been great,” Fenster said. “You get thrown into the community a lot quicker. To have a relationship with anyone from the mayor to the leaders of the religious community or a school cafeteria worker, it is a great way to know a community.”



Employees of The Daily Iberian had their dancing shoes on as well during the “Best of the Teche” awards banquet held in July at the Cade Community Center. Seen above (left to right) Justin Bourque, Karla Borde, Christina Pierce, Sandy Courrege and Belinda Boudreaux. Photo Credit: Vicky Branton / The Daily Iberian


NEW IBERIA — Christina Pierce realized that the “Best of the Teche” awards banquet was a resounding success when she encountered a chatty stranger outside a local grocery store. “I was walking into the Bi-Lo Supermarket about a week or so after the banquet and a gentlemen walking out in business clothes came up to me,” remembered Pierce, who serves as the publisher for The Daily Iberian. “He put his finger up and said ‘Best of the Teche was the best party I have ever been to,’ and he then walked off. That was amazing that people recognized me from the event, and how much the event meant to them,” she said. The Daily Iberian had long produced a special section commemorating the best local businesses and professionals. The paper, though, had never turned it into a full-blown event, but Pierce saw immense potential in event marketing for the Teche Area. “My philosophy with event planning is that anytime you can organize an event, which will allow the community to not only come together but also to celebrate itself, it is going to be successful,” said Pierce. And boy was it ever a success. 34


The year before, the paper simply accepted nominations from the community, then accepted votes from the general public and then put together a special “Winners” section. That netted the paper $20,574. This year Pierce, and The Daily Iberian’s Advertising Department, expanded the business model by selling multiple sponsorships for the event and special sections, added an additional “Vote for Me” section that was published in June, and then held a live event, with a 1950’s sock hop theme, in July at the Cade Community Center, where the winners were honored in person. Pierce had estimated ticket sales for the event at around 400 people, but that missed the mark as a total of 620 tickets were sold for the event, in a venue mind you with a capacity of only 600. The public also expressed their enthusiasm for “Best of the Teche” by casting nearly 7,000 nominations and a total of 67,712 votes. “It shocked us,” Pierce said. “I really thought we would be lucky to have 400 people attend. That was based off what we had did in Alexandria. We also did incredibly well with the table sponsor-

ships we sold. We sold 30 businesses on table sponsorship, which included an ad in both sections and table of seating for 10 people.” The sponsorships alone from the event brought in $22,000, the “Vote for Me” section generated $14,715, the “Winners” section produced $24,494 and ticket sales added another $20,325. When all added up, and after subtracting expenses, “Best of the Teche” awards netted The Daily Iberian an impressive profit of $42,954.

Pierce though states that this is just the beginning of what The Daily Iberian can do with “Best of the Teche” event.

“We are already using the largest venue that we have in this area, so we will not grow attendance of the event,” Pierce said. “Where we are targeting growth is with sponsorships. Our goal for next year is to once again have a presenting sponsor, two gold sponsors and five silvers. That is what we have budgeted for revenue next year.”

Local business and community leaders put on their dancing shoes during The Daily Iberian’s “Best of the Teche” awards banquet held in July at the Cade Community Center. Photo Credit: Vicky Branton / The Daily Iberian

Employees with Jane’s Seafood & Chinese Restaurant sit at their sponsor table during The Daily Iberian’s “Best of the Teche” awards banquet held in July. Photo Credit: Vicky Branton / The Daily Iberian



Raymond Partsch III, who began his career as managing editor of The Daily Iberian in May, has an extensive background in newspapers dating back to 2000. The 39-year-old Partsch and his wife, Tina, have a 3-year-old daughter, Hattie, who drew the character he proudly pinned on the bulletin board of his office. Photo Credit: Don Shoopman / The Daily Iberian

PARTSCH SETTLES IN As Managing Editor Of The Daily Iberian

D O N SH O O P M AN | D O N. SH O O P M AN @ D AI LY-I BER I AN.C O M NEW IBERIA — Because Raymond Partsch III is a history buff, he gravitates to places and things, such as a large collection of sports memorabilia, with a proven past. That explains his desire to become managing editor of The Daily Iberian, which he did when he opened his office door in May at the newspaper in New Iberia. Partsch has rolled up his sleeves to lead the editorial staff of the community’s source for local, state and national news. “My main goal is to improve an already extremely high quality product. I mean, this paper has a tremendous history of top-notch journalism,” Partsch said. The Mobile, Alabama, native who lives in Sunset with his wife, Tina, and their 3-year-old daughter, Hattie, their pride and joy, was hired recently after a meticulous search for a managing editor by Christina Pierce, The Daily Iberian’s publisher, and Wick Communications, a chain of family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines and specialty publications in 11 states. Pierce said, “I’m so excited to have Raymond on our team. His passion for community journalism and keen news judgement will be instrumental in charting the course for the future of The Daily Iberian. Partsch, 38, was managing editor at the Ville Platte Gazette, a twice-a-week publication, before he came to The Daily Iberian. “I always wanted to be a managing editor for a daily newspaper,” said Partsch, who has an extensive background in sports at newspapers in Louisiana and Texas. “I looked at it as a paper that has a great reputation. For me having an opportunity to be a managing editor with this type of history and talented staff that’s already here — sports, features and news — it made it an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” he said. Looking ahead, he said, “I’m definitely going to place an emphasis on more in-depth feature writing; doing more investigative journalism, and profiles 36


of people throughout our community. That’s been my strength.”

took his talents to Monroe to work at the Gannett Louisiana Design Hub.

Partsch said readers will see more local columns written by editors and staff writers. Also, he said, they might see a change in the appearance of the newspaper in the coming months.

A year later, he returned to The Town Talk as the lead high school beat writer and also covered Northwestern State University. Within less than a year he was named interim sports editor and then sports editor at The Town Talk.

He is striving to build relationships and trust in-house at 926 E. Main St. and in the community, which he said has been great to him. He also was happy someone steered him for a lunch Wednesday at Bon Creole, where he enjoyed an overstuffed po-boy. “So far, everyone has been very gracious and welcoming me to the community and the newspaper, which has made the transition very easy,” he said soon after attending a Kiwanis Club luncheon on Thursday. “I like it (the Teche Area),” Partsch said, noting he’s no stranger to New Iberia. His father, Michael Kendricks, worked here on and off in the oil field as a chief inspector and he has covered sports events here during his days in sports writing and as a sports editor.

“It’s a blue-collar town, which I gravitate to. I’m more comfortable in a bluecollar town. That’s my background,” he said.

Partsch, who earned an associate’s degree in radio-TV broadcasting at a junior college in Illinois and earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2012 at LSU-Alexandria, has made the most of his journalistic opportunities since 2000. At age 20 he joined The Town Talk in Alexandria as a page designercopy editor. He also wrote music, movie and concert reviews for that newspaper’s entertainment section. After three years, he moved to the sports department, where he was the lead page designer and feature writer before the newspaper downsized with the creation of a design hub. Partsch

Wanting to expand his “comfort zone,” Partsch accepted a sports editor position at the Beaumont Enterprise, where he also was main beat writer covering football at Lamar University. It was in Texas where the Partsches were “blessed” with the birth of Hattie, who was named after his maternal great-grandmother. The call of home prompted them to move back to Louisiana. His parents live in south Rapides Parish and hers live in Arnaudville. They moved to Lafayette, then Sunset. He is a long-time member of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association who votes on future members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which he believes is “one of the biggest privileges of my career.” Among the fondest memories for the avid University of Alabama fan (which he said puts him in the minutest minority wherever he has lived) are meeting “The King” Richard Petty and shaking the hand of the late Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, a Crimson Tide standout at quarterback who had an illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders. Partsch still has the cap autographed by The Snake underneath glass. He also has staffed several bowl games, including the BCS National Championship game putting LSU against Alabama, a rematch won by the Crimson Tide. His life though centers around his family, Tina and Hattie. “And because of my magnificent daughter, I know all the words to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song, as well as nearly every word from the movie “Frozen,’ ” he said with a chuckle, and pride.

From left to right: The Daily Iberian employees Don Shoopman, Deliah Allen, J.P. Poitier, Sandy Courrege, Karla Borde and Beth Renard take part in the newspaper’s most recent monthly meeting games. This particular game employees tried to move a cookie from their foreheads down to their mouth. Photo Credit: Raymond Partsch III / The Daily Iberian

THE DAILY IBERIAN IS PUTTING THE FUN INTO MONTHLY STAFF MEETINGS R AY M O N D PAR T S C H I I I | R AY M O N D.PAR T S C H @ D AI LY-I BER I AN.C O M NEW IBERIA — Every month employees of The Daily Iberian find themselves in peculiar situations. There may be an employee with a dab of petroleum jelly on their noses who is trying desperately to pick up cotton balls off a table with their nose. Another instance, employees will be seen using straws to suck up M&M candies and place them in a jar or have cookies slide down their faces while the floor below is covered in broken cookie pieces. So what kind of craziness is going on at The Daily Iberian? Have the patients taken over the asylum? Not exactly. Those peculiar games mentioned above have become part of The Daily Iberian’s monthly “All Hands on Deck” staff meetings. For the most part, the meetings follow a pretty standard formula. Publisher Christina Pierce addresses the financial status of the paper with the staff, talks about upcoming projects for all departments, hands out an employee of the month certificate, and often closes with a short motivational video. What makes The Daily Iberian’s meetings different are the team-building games that come at the end of the meeting, which puts the employees in those peculiar situations.

“We just typically as a work group don’t take enough time to have fun,” said Pierce, who draws inspiration from Minute to Win It party games. “I think having fun is important in the workplace.” Employees are divided up into three different groups and whatever group wins that month’s challenge is rewarded with a gift certificate to a local eatery for a shrimp po-boy. The games have become popular with the staff, as often The Daily Iberian’s more reserved employees are the ones that show off their competitive nature. “Amazingly enough it is the employees that you would never think would be the most competitive that are always the most competitive,” Pierce said. “And they are the ones that end up having the most fun.”

The biggest asset of the games though is having people from different departments work together.

“I see it as team building exercises,” Pierce said. “You got folks from the newsroom playing on the same team as people from advertising and circulation. It is a fun opportunity for them to bond.” WINTER 2017



Daily News Reporter Takes On Former Publisher’s Ghost In Music-Typing Battle F R AN K S TAN KO | D AI LY N E W S | F R AN K S @ WAH PE TO N D AI LYN E W S .C O M Editor’s Note: The last two years Richland County Reporter Frank Stanko has willingly taken on some Halloween challenges that would make most reporters take a step back. He spent the night in a cemetery last year and this year, spent the night in the Daily News building where he went one-on-one with former publisher, the late Newell Grant. “Come at me, Newell,” I said shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Less than a week earlier, I had put on zombie makeup to scare visitors at Chahinkapa Zoo. Now it was time for me to get a dose of my own medicine. I was going to spend all night alone in the Daily News office. If the idea of being stuck at my workplace wasn’t enough to cause mild hysteria, there was also the fact I’d be stuck in a legendary haunted building. The urban myths vary, but most of them include former Daily News publisher, the late Newell Grant. When Newell isn’t using a typewriter at all hours of the night, he’s making it abundantly clear he doesn’t care for idle activity, let alone sleeping in the office. Leading up to the big night, I debated if I dare even take a catnap. “Watch, I’ll show up tomorrow with shocks of grey in my hair,” I joked to my co-workers beforehand. 38


I had big plans for my night in the building. Not only was I going to keep my eyes and ears open for anything unusual or supernatural, I was going to tempt fate. The Daily News building, located at 601 Dakota Ave. in Wahpeton, is a special location. Above the news offices is a former apartment. It would be a charming place to live, except for one thing.

It’s scary as hell, even at High Noon.

There’s no electricity, the ceiling and wall paint is peeling, it doesn’t offer that great of a view and for that extra sense of unease, there’s the occasional vintage article or business card tacked to the walls from long ago. It’s also reputedly home to the ghost of an old woman. Yes, the Daily News is haunted by two ghosts. Lucky us. There may be more, but these two are the only ones coworkers and former co-workers have experiences with. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to hang out there as soon as darkness fell. As I ascended the stairs, I recalled a few lines by Washington Irving. Ichabod Crane, who faced the headless horseman, was a bachelor and in nobody’s debt. It was easy for the

people of Sleepy Hollow to never again trouble their heads over him. “Thank you, student loan payments,” I ruefully chuckled. Like I said, the apartment doesn’t have electricity. I walked carefully, convinced I’d bump into something I hadn’t seen before. No such luck, although I did trip over my shoelaces and bonked my Continued on Page 39

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forehead on the wall. Before I had the chance to knock myself unconscious, I decided it was time to go all the way downstairs. The Daily News’ upstairs is creepy, but that’s nothing compared to its basement. It’s often musty, the lights are always on and the only way to get there is by walking a narrow staircase. The perfect place to eat dinner at, right? Uneasily munching my sandwich, I stared at the walls. This would be the perfect place for some ghost to emerge and drag me to a place beyond my curiosity. I began chewing faster just to get out of there. “Get ahold of yourself,” I said, admonishingly. “You’re having a long day and you’re not thinking all that clearly.” A clear head was what I was hoping for. You see, I had a two-week vacation beginning the next day. Unfortunately, in order to have that vacation with a clear conscience, I had to complete a healthy reserve of articles. Abandoning the ghost hunt for a while, I settled into my desk. “This chair feels comfier than I remembered,” I said to myself, trying to make small talk to stay awake.

It was no use. I was out. But not for long.

“Click, click, click” went the fabled typewriter keys, shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, yes on Friday the 13th. I awoke with a start, suddenly remembering each and every story I’d heard about Newell and his fondness for late night writing. Feeling bold, I decided to play a trick on him. As one legend goes, he interrupted a reporter’s sleep with never-ending blares of the radio. Two can play that game, I decided as I logged onto YouTube.

News-Monitor Managing Editor KAREN SPEIDEL was asked to present at the first Women in Media Conference, held Sept. 25  at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The conference drew about 50 participants from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota to talk about women’s issues in the media. Other Wick participants included Daily News and News-Monitor General Manager Tara Klostreich and Daily News Managing Editor Kathy Leinen. “It was wonderful to be part of this fledgling conference. We had women from different mediums, including newspaper, radio and TV who brought such energy. Part of the day included table talk discussions, where I talked about creating boundaries in a 24/7 job. It was fascinating to hear the difficulties women have

in trying to be a wife, mother, even a friend while working in this field,” Speidel said. The keynote speaker was Kimbriell Kelly of the Washington Post. She recounted her career path, ambitions and creating a balance between work and life. Other topics included social media for business, reporting with Snapchat. The table talks during the afternoon session was conducted “support group style,” meant to be ongoing discussions among participants and led by the presenter. Table talks ranged from “Getting to the Top,” being the “Only Woman in the Room,” to “Nasty Woman and Girly Girl: Can Female Journalists be Both?”

I played everything from the “Jeopardy!” theme to Garth Brooks. The typing got louder, as did my feeble protests that it wasn’t typing.

“It’s a thermostat. It’s got to be,” I told myself.

Now, I’ve heard plenty of thermostats. But I’ve never heard anything like what I was hearing that night. Smart men and women will tell you that it’s never good to get into spitting contests with ghosts. They’ve got all the time in the world to compete. Besides, I was getting a headache. Defeated, I turned down the music and went back to writing my articles. “You win again,” I told him the next morning. The sun wouldn’t rise until 7:41 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13. By that time, I was at home, sleeping off a wounded ego. It isn’t wise to duel with the dead.

General Manager TARA KLOSTREICH of the Daily News accepts a proclamation Monday, May 15 from Wahpeton Mayor Meryl Hansey. Hansey and the Wahpeton City

Council recognized the Daily News being named the top of North Dakota’s smaller dailies by the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. WINTER 2017


In the back row for the Daily News and News-Monitor are Carrie McDermott, Patty Fogelberg and Jolene Harty. In the middle row are Kathy Leinen, Aly Stone, Karen Speidel, Ellyse Koppelman and Alyssa Mund. In front are Tara Klostreich and Diana Hermes.

WAHPETON WOMEN IN BUSINESS Women make up 47 percent of the workforce and in some businesses, like the Daily News and News-Monitor, the percentage is much higher. That is an impressive, but not surprising statistic in today’s world, where most households have two incomes.

What is really impressive is that women make 80 percent of all purchasing decisions in the household and 90 percent of all medical decisions. All that while working full time and maintaining a household and family.

When women support each other great things happen.

Make-A-Wish recently granted one Wahpeton, North Dakota, boy with a trip to Disney World.

Kasey Cookman, Luigi, made a surprise visit to Daniel Tischer, while Diana Hermes is reading a letter stating his wish came true. Hermes is a wish-grantor and volunteer for Make-A-Wish of North Dakota and an advertising representative for the Daily News and News-Monitor

Richland County reporter FRANK STANKO of the Daily News accepts a proclamation Monday, May 15 from Wahpeton Mayor Meryl Hansey. Hansey and the Wahpeton City Council recognized Stanko for the diversity of his articles, quality of content, dedication and commitment. 40


My name is ELLYSE KOPPELMAN, I was born and raised in Breckenridge, MN. I graduated in 2012 from Breckenridge Highschool. I have two sisters and a nephew that I spend most of my time with. I have been working here at the Wahpeton Daily News since July 2017 and enjoy it.Â

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