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WKHHDJOH J News from the Wick Communications Company

Winter ’11

Murray, Kelsey join Wick as new publishers Thanks to everyone for your hard work on behalf of Wick Communications. We welcome two new publishers to the company: Bill Murray at the Half Moon Bay Review and Mark Kelsey the Frontiersman FROM at in Wasilla, Alaska. THE CEO B i l l M u r r a y h a s JOHN been the design direcMATHEW tor at the Review since 2 0 0 5 and is responsible for the great looking products produced in Half Moon Bay. He’s also helped with design issues around the company. Bill lives in the community and will do a great job lead-

ing the Half Moon Bay Review team. Best wishes to departing Review Publisher Deb Hershon and thanks to her for her years of service. Mark Kelsey returns to the Frontiersman after a stint working with state government in Alaska. He’s the former sports editor and later managing editor of the Frontiersman, lives in the Mat-Su Valley which is served by the Frontiersman and is well known in the community. He will do well as publisher and as leader of the Frontiersman team. Best wishes to former Frontiersman Publisher Kari Sleight, who relocated to Washington State in October. The summer was an interesting one as Pierre, S.D., battled the flood

waters of the Missouri River and Sierra Vista, Ariz., was threatened by wild fires. Both locations survived and, for the most part, employee homes were OK. I’m proud of the job our folks did in both locations covering the stories in print and on line while dealing with the added pressures of the unknown from the natural disasters. Computer-to-plate equipment goes into Wasilla prior to the end of the year. And, in the spring of 2012, a rebuilt Goss Community press will be installed in Williston, N.D., replacing the original Harris Cottrell press installed in the early 1960s when Walt Wick was publisher in Williston. After this installation, we will have converted all but three

sites to computer-to-plate technology. Thanks to Scott Green and Adam Kurtz and staff for their hard work in leading our efforts to centralize advertising design. They are doing a good job and we’re getting better advertising design as a result. Please keep Safford Publisher Rick Schneider in your thoughts and prayers as he battles cancer. Rick is undergoing treatment but still able to work most days. I appreciate the efforts of Rick’s staff in Safford and Clifton to provide the support he needs when he needs to be out of the office. Best wishes to all Wick employees for a happy holiday season and a healthy and successful 2012.

Season’s Greetings • Happy Holidays Merry Christmas • Joyous Noel No matter how you say it, we hope it’s grand!



Business After Hours

When the burgers came off the grill, Daily News and News-Monitor staff gathered. Shown here are: Miles

Trump,Regan Whitney (summer intern) and Landon Andrea Richter mans the booth for Business After Hours. The wheel shown in the background was a big draw, making this booth a popular stop. Kafka.


Daily News and News-Monitor publisher Ken Harty mans the grill in the summer as part of an employee

Andrea Richter and Rose Olson are shown working at the Daily News booth at Wahpeton/Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce Business appreciation lunch. There were burgers, hot dogs and After Hours. tasty salads to tell employees thanks for a good job.



New faces at the Daily News and Monitor There are plenty of new faces at both sister newspapers, with the hiring of three new reporters and a managing editor





no. She started as a news assistant in the TV Week department, producing four weekly TV listings books. After five years, she was promoted to manager, and later worked in the company's marketing, special sections, and online content and programming departments. McDermott moved to Wahpeton in Jan. 2010, and was immediately shocked by the cold winter temperatures. "There is no clothing sold in Southern California that can prepare you for the wind chill here," she laughed. Last year she received a down parka for Christmas from her boyfriend, a Wahpeton native, who is teaching her how to dress in layers for winter and

how to hunt and fish. She loves the snow, as it's still a novelty to her. Plus, she doesn't have to shovel it often. "I had to drive to the mountains to see snow in California, and of course, everyone else was up there at the same time," she said. "You can't really get away from it all, when everybody else has the same idea." Outside of work she enjoys photography, social media, reading novels and movies. She tries to laugh every day and enjoys the friendliness of people in the Midwest. Miles Trump hails from Mankato, Minn. “Go Twins!” He attended Mankato East High School, graduated in 2007

and moved to the Twin Cities to attend college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. While there, Trump majored in communications and journalism – called “COJO” for short – and earned a minor degree in business administration. He interned as a reporter this past summer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in St. Paul, before landing a job at the Daily News. Trump is a stubborn Minnesota sports fan, despite the market’s declining outlook. He also enjoys hip-hop music, leisurely reading and his girlfriend, Lisa, who jokes that when she moved to North Carolina for graduate school, she got the better “North.” Landon Kafka is the new re-

porter at the News-Monitor. He is originally from a small town in Minnesota called Stewartville – population 6,000. Yes, this is small town in Minnesota. With this said, Landon grew up going to school and playing sports – spending the summers working on his uncle’s farm and playing baseball. Sports is definitely a large part of his life, playing and attending sporting events ever since he can remember. People often ask him what he follows. “Well, if it has a score and a ball or puck, I follow it. I guess you could say I am a competition junky. I look forward to covering all the different sports in Richland County for the NewsMonitor.”


Kathleen Leinen was named as the managing editor of the Daily News of Wahpeton/ Breckenridge in June. Leinen has been the managing editor of the News-Monitor in Hankinson, sister paper of the Daily News, for the past nine years. "The News-Monitor has a solid reputation throughout the state as being one of the top weeklies in North Dakota," Leinen said. "I've been working for Wick Communications for almost 20 years in Hankinson and am pleased to bring those years of experience to the helm of the Daily News." She will oversee the newsroom of both papers. She and her husband, Don Leinen Jr., have two daughters, Noel, 13, and Autumn, 11. The girls are in seventh and sixth grades at Hankinson Public School. Carrie McDermott was hired in late March as a reporter for the Daily News. She has 17 years experience in the newspaper industry. McDermott has worked as a copy editor, page designer, photographer, web manager, social media manager and department head through the years. She was hired at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., in 1992 after earning a bachelors degree in graphic design from California State University San Bernardi-




Sidney Herald newspaper carriers take part in the community’s centennial parade during June 2011.


Sidney Montana celebrates 100 years of existence

Circulation manager Dawn Steinbeisser walks with a carrier in the parade.

Advertising representative Patti Tornabeni waves to the crowd.


Berndt finishes term as newspaper association’s president Sidney Herald publisher Libby Berndt closed out her term as president of the Montana Newspaper Association with a successful convention held in Lewistown during June. At the convention, it was announced the Sidney Herald won three first-place awards in the large weekly/small daily division in the 2010 Montana Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest Awards. The Herald earned top honors for best website, best editorials and best special section. Judges’ comments for the Herald’s website were, “Over the past eight years, the Sidney Herald’s website has been redesigned five times, and the effectiveness of this site shows it. The site is well designed, with a wide variety of features, including e-edition for newspaper subscribers and to exclusive e-edition subs as well. The site is easy to use in a complete, easy to navigate package.” The Herald’s entry for best editorial included editorials regarding Gov. Schweitzer’s proposal to distribute oil money throughout state’s schools and

another urging public officials to follow freedom of information guidelines. Judges wrote, “Strong opinion, well thought arguments, high emotion. Confrontational but professional. Makes a great read. Far and away the best editorials.” The award for best special project was for one of the Herald’s Tappin The Bakken sections regarding the oil industry. Judges wrote, “Wow so much information with plenty of advertising support. Very impressive!” The Herald received third place in the best front page category. Judges’ comments were, “Wonderfully organized. It’s very easy to read, even though there’s a lot of information. The columns down the side draw you all the way to the bottom without losing your attention.” The Herald’s managing editor Bill Vander Weele received honorable mention for best feature photo for a photo that featured an upset girl at a preschool graduation. Judges wrote, “Grad emotional.” The Herald earned honorable mention for the small space ad category for

Helping honor Sidney Herald publisher Libby Berndt at her closing reception in Lewistown, Mont., as president of the Montana Newspaper Association were Spirit team publishers Ken Harty, Wahpeton Daily News, and Mitzi Moe, Williston Herald. the East-Mont Enterprises business regarding the sale of bulk ice melt.

Judges wrote, “Cartoon really gets your attention. Great use of small space.”

Sidney Herald staff, front from left, Linda Steinbeisser and Bill Vander Weele; back, Louisa Barber, Dawn Steinbeisser, Pat Lorenzen, Ellen Wznick, Deb Crossland, Steve Hamel and Patti Tornabeni and subscribers donate to the Richland County Food Bank. Subscribers received $1per item, up to 10 items, off a yearly subscription.


The Sidney Herald’s new sports reporter Steve Hamel interviews the high school’s cross country coach during his first day on the job Aug. 23.








rtist Bob Wick, co-owner of Wick Communications, brought his personal art to Roanoke Rapids in October. Wick, who began sculpting in college and has pieces displayed in the Phoenix Botanical Garden, along with venues in Lakeland, Fla., and Akron, Ohio, can now add the garden beside The Daily Herald to the list of sites displaying his art. Wick’s latest sculpture, “Seated Torso,” made of silicon bronze, is the newest edition to the Roanoke Avenue streetscape, and Wick said he is pleased to have it there and hopes people will come to see it for what he made it to be.

“Those lines that are in it are a metaphor for strata,” said Wick, whom along with his brother Walter owns Wick Communications, the company which owns The Daily Herald. “Not just Earth strata, human strata. We are formed, layer after layer, until we evolve into the people we are.” Wick said the sculpture represents the unity between person and planet, with plants placed inside the torso in various locations to represent this unity. “It’s inspired by Earth and the human figure,” Wick said. “I don’t see us as separate from the Earth, we’re just an extension of it.” Wick said “Seated Torso” took about a year to create and was one of the few sculptures he’s crafted that skipped the modeling process. Normally, he said, he will sketch an idea for a sculpture, then build a plaster model before moving onto the final rendering. “With this one, it just worked after the sketch,” Wick said. Wick’s sculpting began when his aunt Dodde Wick urged him to do a portrait sculpture of his uncle Jim, or James T. Wick. After putting in some work, Wick was astonished to see the sculpture come out looking just like his uncle. Encouraged by this new-found talent, Wick continued to sculpt classmates and anyone else who wanted to be sculpted, then moved on from portraits to larger sculptures representing more abstract ideas, one of which, “Saint Earth,” took him nine years to complete. As time has passed, Wick has found his passion for art has increased and is eager to get on to the next seven to 10 years of his art, most of which is already in model form. But even aside from his personal art, he is hoping getting his own art out there makes people realize, in some small way, the importance of art to the strength of any community. “It’s important a community strives to have a sense of art and sees how we’re all tied together,” Wick said. “The poetic mind ;PH)LK^LSSc;OL+HPS`/LYHSK or spirit is the common denominator of all Titus Workman, Publisher of ;OL +HPS` /LYHSK, and artist Bob Wick, co-owner of Wick Communications, stand beside ‘Seated Torso.’ The sculpture by Wick is made our hearts and souls.” of silicon bronze.





,Q'HVLJQLQVWDOODWLRQ Wick Communications IT guru Don Judd works with Tia Bedwell, left, Design Editor, during ;OL+HPS`/LYHSK»Z October transition from News Edit Pro and Quark Express editorial department to an InDesign and InCopy world. After many years of Quark use, the newspaper’s last day under the old system was Oct. 16, 2011. Thanks to Judd’s help, the transition has been as smooth as possible.


our customers spend their money on is an investment in their business,” she said. “If it’s not helping them be successful, it’s not helping us be successful.” She said she’s also looking forward to becoming involved in the community. She thinks being active in the Roanoke Valley Chamber and other organizations will be fun. “It’s our responsibility to keep community groups functioning,” she said. “We can do that by being involved with them.” Crittendon said she also loves husband Steven, daughter Amelia, Stargazer lilies and Lilies of the Valley. She brought Steven and Amelia with her to the Valley, but unfortunately had to leave her flowers behind. “I can start some more, though,” she said.


The Daily Herald welcomed new Circulation Director Tammy Britt. Britt, originally from Fayetteville, comes to the Herald with 10 years experience in circulation in North Carolina and California. “Tammy comes to us with a strong background in circulation at community newspapers,” said Publisher Titus Workman. She is a hands-on person, who will be actively involved with our customers and carriers. Britt will handle the day-to-day responsibilities of ensuring qual-

ity paper distribution to both subscribers and rack sales. Britt said she looks forward to working at The Daily Herald and is already enjoying all the great things there are to enjoy in the Roanoke ValBritt ley. Britt, her husband, David and three children — Chihuahua, Rico — relocated to the area from California. “We love it here,” Britt said. “We have family close by and

that helps a lot. I enjoy everybody I work with and this is such a nice area.” Britt said she’s most looking forward to learning and growing with The Daily Herald team, and hope to advance in the company eventually to become a publisher. “That’s my dream,” she said. She expressed gratitude to The Daily Herald subscribers for their loyalty and to her carriers for their hard work. Britt takes over circulation management following the retirement of Carol Moseley.


August: Sheila Paytes, Classified Sales Representative September: Pressmen — Dave Hager, Press Foreman, Roger Harris and Dennis Carter, Pressmen October: Tia Bedwell, Design Editor

She’s an avid shopper, she loves to read ads and she’s new to the Roanoke Valley. “I dig shopping!” said Carol Crittendon, new advertising director for The Daily Herald. Crittendon said her love for shopping, her enthu- Crittendon siasm for reading ads and her determination to find a bargain — not to mention her 15 years experience in newspaper advertising and degree in journalism (heavy in advertising) — makes her the person to serve the Roanoke Valley’s advertising needs. “I love to see ads created and well designed,” she said. “It fuels my

creativity when it speaks to me.” She said she has a passion for finding things people like to read. “I read all the sales ads and flyers,” she said. “I’m dedicated to finding a bargain.” Herald publisher Titus Workman said Crittendon brings a strong background in newspaper advertising sales and marketing that will add value to customer relationships. “She is already making an impact with our sales team,” Workman said. Crittendon said she plans to work hard to keep The Herald’s products fresh and of a high quality. She sees it as an investment in the community. Crittendon plans to translate her passion for design into The Herald’s ads. “My goal is to make sure every ad



Roger Bell | The Daily Herald The Daily Herald unveiled its Rockfish during Business After Hours in August. Artist Napoleon Hill, far right, who designed the fish, Halifax County Convention & Visitors Bureau Chairman Gene Minton, left, and Herald Publisher Titus Workman, center, are pictured.

Della Rose | The Daily Herald Tours were given of The Daily Herald press room. From left, Pressman Dennis Carter shows Jay Baker, Jabo Dixon and Roanoke Rapids councilwoman Suetta Scarborough how the press runs.

Biz After Hours at the Herald



The Daily Herald hosted a successful Business After Hours with the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce Aug. 18, bringing in dozens of firsttime attendees, who got to watch a press run and mingle with those who report on their activities every day. During the festivities, the paper also unveiled its Rockfish mascot, part of the Roanoke Valley Rocks program promoting tourism, in front of the building on Roanoke Avenue. (Watch the unveiling in real time by checking out our video gallery at Chamber President/CEO Allen Purser said it was important to have the business community come to the Herald, which he called “the voice of the Valley,” in order for business leaders to see how the newspaper is put together and information is disseminated to the public. “It’s important for people to have a chance to meet with reporters in a situation that is not stressful,” Purser said. “And when it comes to newspapers, many people don’t know how that works.”

During the event, business leaders from all around the Valley toured the Herald offices and watched the press crew produce the Sunday inserts and meet with the leaders of the Herald while enjoying food and beverages from local restaurant, the 1020 Restaurant and Pub. Herald Publisher Titus Workman was pleased by the turnout. “We had a larger turnout than I’d hoped to have,” Workman said. “I don’t know if that will lead to more subscriptions or ad sales, but they at least know a little bit more about us and what we do, and this will hopefully get them to maintain their relationships with us.” Managing Editor Stephen Hemelt was happy to have gotten the chance to mingle with those he and his staff cover on a daily basis and enjoy each other’s company in a social atmosphere. “It was such a great experience to meet with, joke with and spend time with, in a social setting, the people we report on and write about,” Hemelt said. “I think it speaks to the respect for the paper that so many would give up their evening to be here with us.”

Della Rose | The Daily Herald The gathering of the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event held at The Daily Herald in August had a high turnout of business representatives, political leaders and residents. Pictured, from left, Flair Jewelry owner Renate Ingram, Walmart Manager Jim Kloosterman and Florine Bell


Catch of the Day!


The Daily Herald Ad Designer Heather Rhea-Wade brings in the catch of the day! She shares this photo of her fishing in a Northampton County pond one May afternoon. She says she started fishing about three years ago, and still travels to the water often with bait and pole in hand. Heather says it is the thrill of catching the fish that motivates her, but simply states, ‘I’m a catch and release chick.’ On the side, she also said she does not worm her own hook, and doesn’t take the fish off the hook once caught, yet she still manages to catch really big fish. Heather has started teaching her kids to fish. She reports her daughter Franchesca, 9, and son Jesse, 7, are trying to get casting the line downpat. Sometimes, Heather says, she anticipates a hook to the back of her head, but she will continue to encourage her children to keep trying. Heather hopes to take a fishing trip to the mountains soon to welcome the fall season.


Jonas Pope IV | The Daily Herald The Daily Herald employees — from left, Roger Bell, reporter; Rhonda Irby, ad executive; Julie Browder, classified ad executive, Tia Bedwell, designer; Jacqueline Hough, reporter, and Kris Smith, editor — get in line to sign up for a S.W.O.T. taskforce.

In line to sign up for S.W.O.T. A new initiative underway eventually Wick-wide began at The Daily Herald recently. The first S.W.O.T. — Strenghs Weaknesses Opportunities Threats — meetings took place with employees voicing what they think are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of The Daily Herald. Then on July 18 and 19, the rolling up of the sleeves began with another group, comprised of department heads, managers, supervisors and

others, knocked out the top issues of concern at The Daily Herald. At the end of the second day, the group decided on four areas in need of work at the newspaper. The areas and the group leaders include: niche publications, Stephen Hemelt; circulation penetration, Tammy Britt; IT/Technology, Linda Foster; and communication, Linda Smith. Newspaper employees were then given a time frame in which to sign up to be on one of

the four task forces, allowing for even distribution of employees from various departments. Now, task force leaders are setting up times to meet with their groups to continue the process of learning what our concerns are at work and increasing hopes to make our workplace what we want it to be. Business Office Executive Assistant Sherry Agee was the champion for planning the S.W.O.T. movement. Thank you Sherry for your efforts.




Updates from the Half Moon Bay Review in Half Moon Bay, California The Eagle

Half Moon Bay publisher announces coming retirement



alf Moon Bay Review Publisher Debra Hershon, who has led the newspaper for 15 years, told staff recently she will retire at the end of the year. She said she intends to spend the next several weeks helping the newspaper transition into new leadership. Hershon began her career at the Review when she was hired as an advertising representative in 1991. She was quickly promoted to advertising manager and became publisher — responsible for all aspects of newspaper operations — in 1996. She is a recognized leader in the industry and sits on the board of directors of the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Hershon has lived on the Coastside for many years. In a column in the Review, Hershon noted that her children grew to adulthood on the Coastside. She is the proud grandmother of one. “While I consider them to be the greatest accomplishment in my life, it has also been a privilege and an honor to be the publisher of this newspaper for the last two decades,” she writes in the column. “The time has come, however, for me to move on as well.” Hershon says she plans to travel in the new year — including a long visit to family in India. She will live in Marin County, closer to her husband’s work. Husband

Debra Hershon says she plans to travel and spend more time with family when she retires from the newspaper at the end of the year.

Marc Hershon is a renowned branding expert and says he plans to continue to produce the Review’s editorial cartoons. The newspaper has thrived throughout Debra Hershon’s tenure. The Review has published for 113 years, at no time evolving any more quickly than during her years at the helm. She oversaw the change from film to digital photo reproduction and the advent of Web publishing, which changed the newspaper from a single weekly deadline to a 24-hour newsgathering operation. In 2009, she spearheaded the overhaul of Review

offices on Kelly Avenue, bringing business and editorial functions under a single roof. The Review has won dozens of awards from the CNPA during Hershon’s years as publisher, some years winning more than any other newspaper in the state. In 2006, it was named the best small weekly newspaper in the country by the Inland Press Foundation. The newspaper is owned by Wick Communications, publisher of 31 community newspapers across the country. “Deb Hershon has been instrumental in the development of

the Half Moon Bay Review, and served her community well over the years,” said Wick Communications Chief Executive Officer John Mathew in an email. Hershon’s fingerprints can be seen in all aspects of the newspaper’s management. She writes occasional columns, both print and online, and often proofreads pages before they go to the printer. She is a hands-on advertising leader, making sales calls, managing the budget and planning revenue initiatives. Hershon sometimes delivers the newspaper, fills in for the production team, represents the paper at community functions and participates on the newspaper’s editorial board. She has also been active in civic causes, including stints on a city of Half Moon Bay economic development committee and the board of Senior Coastisders, which she served for eight years. “I learned so much from her about relationships and the importance of sharing the story of Senior Coastsiders and our seniors,” said Cara Schmaljohn, executive director of Senior Coastsiders. “She truly loved the work she was doing and this town and that was evident in everything she did. “It is hard for me to think about Half Moon Bay without Deb at the helm of the newspaper,” Schmaljohn said. — Clay Lambert


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Updates from the Half Moon Bay Review in Half Moon Bay, California

Longtime Coastsider Murray named new Review publisher A

MONTARA RESIDENT EARNS NEW CHALLENGE illustrator for the City on a Hill newspaper, his first professional exposure to the industry. In 1997, he was hired as a designer and illustrator for the Palo Alto Weekly and quickly promoted to design director for the Weekly’s sister newspapers, the Mountain View Voice and the Menlo Park Almanac. “Working for a weekly community paper is very satisfying,” Murray said, shortly after his announcement was made to staff. “There is an intense amount of work, but the payoff is being able to see evidence of your labor around town and in the hands of readers. There is a great sense of pride when I look up at a café and see the paper being passed around and talked about,” he said. Since coming to the Review, Murray has distinguished himself by improving the look of the newspaper. The newspaper has won numerous awards based on his skillful page designs over the last six years. He has been called upon frequently to provide expertise in design and production matters relating to other newspapers.

Bill Murray poses with the bicycle he rides to work most days. Murray, a Montara resident, has been named the next publisher of the Half Moon Bay Review.

In addition, Murray has proven to be an innovative leader. He often takes the helm of Review technological initiatives, such as the construction of a new Review website earlier this year. He has long been the newspaper’s house computer expert. While he has distinguished himself for his online and innovative design work, Murray says newspapers remain close to his heart. “Newspaper as a medium is hard to replace,” he said. “I love getting breaking news online and nothing can beat that immediacy. But seeing a photo in print of my son rounding the bases at his Little League game feels somehow more important. The evidence is tacked up on my kids’ bedroom walls.” Murray’s appointment brought spontaneous applause in the newspaper’s Kelly Avenue office.

“I was hoping (we) would see the benefit in hiring someone local with roots in this town, so Bill Murray is a perfect choice,” said Hershon’s whose own 15-year stretch as publisher will end in January. “On top of that, he is creative, thinks outside the box and fully embraces change. “The icing on the cake is that he is beloved by the staff,” she noted. Murray has lived in Montara with his wife, Gay, and children Owen and June, since 1999. His children attend Cabrillo Unified schools; Gay is a school teacher in Woodside. He is an avid outdoorsman. He often bicycles to work and has been known to sneak off at lunch to do a little surfing. He says the ability to work and live in such a picturesque place continues to inspire him. — Clay Lambert


s he commutes by bicycle from his Montara home to the Half Moon Bay Review offices, Bill Murray has time to think — about his job at the Review, about his kids’ day ahead, about weekend plans. And sometimes he is simply overcome by what he sees around him. “Being able to live and work on the Coastside is a blessing I’ve never taken for granted,” he said. “The days I commute to the Review by bike can take longer than they should, simply because sometimes I need to stop a few times to take in the beauty of this place — and talk to friends doing the same.” On Nov. 14, the Review’s design director was named publisher of the 113-year-old, award-winning newspaper. Murray will transition into the job when current Publisher Debra Hershon retires in the coming weeks. Murray, 41, has worked at the Review since 2005. He has deep roots in the community and is a wellrespected newspaperman with a host of design awards to his credit. Murray was born and raised in Los Gatos, and earned both a bachelor’s and graduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While in college, he worked as an




Updates from the Half Moon Bay Review in Half Moon Bay, California The Eagle

Myers proves toughness Review helps on obstacle course nonprofit plan for worst



onia Myers is one tough mother. The folks in Half Moon Bay have known it ever since her high school days, when she starred on the high school softball field. Her daughter, 2-yearold Coral, certainly knows it. This fall, Sonia proved it to the world. Sonia was set to compete in the renowned Tough Mudder obstacle race at Squaw Valley, Calif., Sept. 17. It is not for the faint of heart nor the fat of stomach. The 10-mile course in the Sierra Nevada range gains 2,300 feet in altitude as racers navigate a series of challenges that event organizers say were developed by British Special Forces. Participants scale a wall, drag a log uphill, run through fire and sprint through live wires that carry 10,000 volts. (I’m not making this up.) Sonia got the adventure-racing bug earlier this year when she competed in the Big Blue Adventure Race in Half Moon Bay. Fairly tame by comparison, participants in the Big Blue run, kayak and bike on a course that is a mystery to them until they are handed a map at the start line. You might think that finishing the Tough Mudder would be enough for any otherwise mild-mannered newspaper customer service rep, but Sonia decided to use the occasion to take fundraising to the extreme as well. Tough Mudder asks participants if they would like to donate to The Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides aid to severely wounded U.S. servicemen and women as they transition back to civilian life. Not content to simply raid her own piggy bank, Sonia and a group of friends decided to


Myers on a recent training run. throw a fundraising bash at a local bar. They secured donated beer and a host of prizes and expect hundreds of friends to show up. Sonia’s husband, Curt, is a professional outdoors videographer. They are planning to outfit Sonia with a camera and to document the entire adventure. Look for links to the video @wicknews on Twitter. — Clay Lambert

n early August, a consultant representing the massive Silicon Valley Community Foundation paid a visit to the Review to discuss ways the philanthropy can help prepare the underserved area for the next natural disaster. Regina Neu met with Review Publisher Debra Hershon and Managing Editor Clay Lambert for about 45 minutes, discussing lessons learned from a March tsunami warning in the area and the best way to disseminate information in the event of an earthquake or other potentially deadly event. Half Moon Bay is only 30 minutes from San Francisco, but its location, over two-lane roads through the Santa Cruz Mountains and away from the much more populated areas to the east, can leave area residents isolated. During the March tsunami threat, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office notified residents living in the potential inundation zone of a voluntary evacuation order. For the most part, official notification came via phone or text message. In addition, the Review staff worked through the night, providing dozens of web updates, tweets and Facebook posts notifying readers of the diminishing nature of the danger. The meeting with Neu largely focused on the need to better bridge the language gap, as the Half Moon Bay area is home to many who predominately speak Spanish. Hershon and Lambert pledged to do anything within their power to help reach that community, as well as continue to bring the most up-to-date information to readers via the Web and print. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is listed as No. 68 in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s top 400 philanthropic nonprofits and has $2 billion in assets under management. There is no immediate word on how much the organization will give to enhance disaster preparedness on the San Mateo County coast or when any contribution might be made. — Clay Lambert


New interactive map brings life to Review website T

he Half Moon Bay Review has partnered with a local firm that has created an interactive online mapping system that is interesting now and could be amazing in the future. The map comes courtesy of GatheringPoint, a Half Moon Bay company located doors away from the Review on the city’s Main Street. The partnership began when GatheringPoint principal Spencer Nassar walked into the Review office and shared a demonstration with Managing Editor Clay Lambert. He

offered to share the service for free in exchange for the chance to work with his first newspaper client. The map is essentially a Google map with a series of overlays scraped from existing databases. Users can see YouTube videos that have been tagged in the community, read their neighbors’ latest tweets, find out where the art galleries are, and track real-time traffic reports, among many other things. In the near future, the newsroom plans to begin geotagging

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Updates from the Half Moon Bay Review in Half Moon Bay, California

stories so that readers can find the location of news events as points on the map. The Review is also planning on pinpointing interesting places noted in stories. For example, the newspaper has already included information on the map that ties to a recent story on safety concerns at various area beaches. The map could even be used to pinpoint advertisers who might be offered a spot on the map for a fee or as a special value added to their print advertising. The Review is calling the project “Walkabout,” a name that hints at the fact that readers can walk to areas on the map. It also dovetails with the branding for the newspaper’s popular Talkabout Web forum. Walkabout went live on July 21 and is already generating some buzz around town. — Clay Lambert

Sportswriter in middle of annual parade M

parade that could only be seen in rural America. Riders on horseback, folks with their dogs, Boy Scout troops – dozens of entirely local people and organizations parade through downtown in an event that is sandwiched between a benefit breakfast and a fun barbecue lunch. Foyer is in the middle of it all. “Basically, I walk up and down Main Street. Every parade entrant has a number and when I get close enough to (event MC) Cameron Palmer, I signal him

the number,” Mark says. Palmer then finds the corresponding name on his sheet so that he can announce each parade entrant from the reviewing platform. “I do it with hand signals, sort of like a referee,” Mark says. That should make it easy for Mark. He’s been a sportswriter at the Review since basketball was played with peach baskets. — Clay Lambert


ark Foyer is a man of many talents – Half Moon Bay Review sportswriter, 1950s television trivia master, and, for several years now, “parade spotter.” The Half Moon Bay ‘Ol Fashioned Fourth of July parade is one of the most important annual events in the Review’s coverage area. The San Mateo County Coastside can be shrouded in fog throughout the summer, and that often means the semi-regular fireworks show is a dud. Instead, patriotic Coastsiders put on their red, white and blue and gather along Main Street for a



Press office becomes topless bar

Editorless Press welcomes new editor



he Anchorage Press welcomes managing editor Victoria Barber to the Press World Headquarters in downtown Anchorage Alaska. Barber joins the team in mid-December, and is returning to the city in which she was raised. She is a fourth generation Alaskan who is currently the editor of the Seward Journal. She used to work at Alaska Newspapers, Inc. where she edited a trio of rural weeklies, The Dutch Harbor Fisherman, The Arctic Sounder and The Tundra Drums. She has lived in Kotzebue and Bethel. Anchorage had remarkable weather this winter, with lots of early snow and a few days of nearrecord setting cold in November. The arrival of winter also brought about six weeks at the Press during which the newspaper was without an editor in chief. Many Wick employees—more people than we ever expected—offered to pitch in and help. That warmed our hearts, if not our bones, as graphic design Dean Potter, calendar editor Rachel Drinkard and staff writer Scott Christiansen were playing musical chairs in the newsroom. We took a few of you up on the offer, and for your assistance, we are sincerely grateful. An Eagle shout-out and thank you to: Ryan Sleight and staff at the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman printing plant for patience and accommodation;

Victoria Barber Wick’s digital media director Pete Bakke and web developer Christian Ramirez for help with our web presence (Christian, you rock!); Frontiersman editor Heather Resz and Tuscon Weekly editor Jimmy Boegle for being grammar and style cops. A special thank-you goes to Press publisher emeritus Nick Coltman for his editorial guidance and advice. Longtime freelancers and former Press editorial staffers Susan Buchanan and David Holthouse pitched in with solid stories. The Press also relied on our stable of freelancers, Lisa Maloney, Kris Farmen, Jeri Kopet and Ben Histand. We were able to attract new freelancers in November. Paula Dobbyn submitted a wonderful essay on the advice, life and death of a dear friend. Newcomers Rachael Schwartz and Louise Freeman submitted film reviews for our round-up the eleventh annual Anchorage International Film Festival. —Scott Christiansen


ress World Headquarters in Anchorage became, for three or four days in late October, a topless bar— but only on the outside. The feature film The Frozen Ground, starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, was being shot on the 500 block of East Fifth Avenue. The film tells the true story of an Alaska cop tracking a serial killer, and our beloved but somewhat gritty location was judged by scouts to best approximate Anchorage in the oil-boom days of the late 1970s. We’re flattered! Press employees were fascinated to watch an army of film production professionals paint signs, remove lighting, add lighting, lay cables, erect tents, lay more cables, position extras, and mumble endlessly into mobile phones and walkie-talkies. As business closed on the Friday before Halloween, the first serious snowfall began to drift over East Fifth, adding another authentic Anchorage touch that no Hollywood bigshot could order. The big, red, plastic Press distribution box out front was removed—too modern, evidently—but the metal Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman box remained. Look for it in theaters sometime in late 2012.

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Payette, ID

Cherise Kaechele The Independent-Enterprise in Payette, Idaho, took part in the annual Payette County Fair Parade in New Plymouth, Idaho Aug. 11. Above, the Argus Observer and Independent-Enterprise van rolled down the main street of New Plymouth while (below, from left) Lori Schaffeld, Bill McCarver and Kari Massoth made sure those lining the parade route received plenty of candy.

Kaechele joins staff at Payette newspaper


Cherise Kaechele has joined the staff at the Independent-Enterprise as a news reporter. Kaechele graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She was born in Tucson, Ariz., and moved with her family to the Northwest when she was 4. She moved to Ontario, OR, with her family in 2002 and graduated from Ontario High School in 2006. At the University of Oregon, Kaechele studied journalism, photography and Arabic. She enjoys photography, reading, writing and watching movies. Kaechele will be covering mostly city and county government, but will also be assigned to some school functions and other events going on in and around Payette and Washington counties.





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After a four-month search, Green Valley and Sahuarita brought on a new sports editor in November. Kevin Duke arrived from Angel Fire, N.M., where he spent the summer working at golf courses and writing for a golf magazine. Kevin brought with him 20 years’ experience as a sportswriter, photographer and editor. He also has an extensive background in the golf industry along with time in radio and in front of the camera. Kevin worked for the Sangre De Christo Chronicle in Angel Fire, as well as papers in Texas and Oklahoma. Kevin got a taste of being “flexible� when he was asked to step in front of the camera early on for the Green Valley News’ twice-weekly “Top Headlines� report. He drew on years

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in front of the microphone on radio and TV, and he was a pro! Kevin also managed to mix his love for Dallas Cowboys football with community news by tracking down a local family headed for Phoenix for the Arizona Cardinals-Cowboys game. He got a good “family rivalry� story out of it, but unfortunately had to watch Dallas lose the game on the final play. We promised Kevin lots of sunshine and opportunities to hit the golf course, but we never said the job would be easy. Welcome to Green Valley, Kevin!


he Green Valley News & Sun honored one of their own in November with a community outreach called “Heroes for Hunger,� the culmination of a month-long food drive. The event, which the paper plans to hold annually, was a tribute to Mario Aguilar, who died in February of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mario worked as a photographer for the papers for 16 years and was known throughout the community for his quality work and compassion. To honor his legacy of giving back to the community, the newspapers held a daylong celebration involving local businesses and organizations, all volunteer-run. Ultimately, two local food banks received more than four tons of food and more than $14,000. Mario, who was the 2007 Arizona Newspapers Association Photographer of the Year, was well-represented by family and friends at the event. The day ended with the launching of balloons that included messages to Mario tucked inside.




Intern on road to recovery after trafďŹ c accident

Employees at the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun identified small and large projects they want to tackle in coming months during a two-day SWOT retreat (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) with group manager David Lewis. The ideas ranged from splitting classified rates/ads between Sahuarita and Green Valley to enhancing branding of the paper throughout the community. SWOT Committee members are, from left, Irene Redondo, Eric Tobias, Kitty Bottemiller, Michelle Forehand, Lynda Byrne, Susan Dean (group leader, holding team mascot), Sarah Keith, Bonnie Olsen and Julie McLain.

DAVID ROOKHUYZEN recuperates after his July 31 accident.

IT SURE WAS a tough way to end an internship. David Rookhuyzen, an Arizona State University journalism senior, was injured when his car took on a semi on the interstate July 31. David was returning to the Tucson area after a weekend visit to Phoenix to see family. David suffered a few broken bones and bruises but things could have been a lot worse. ASU and the Green Valley News & Sun staff rallied around

David and his family during his stay at a Tucson hospital, including a couple of days in ICU. David was scheduled to graduate in December but put off his final semester until January to focus on healing. During his 10 weeks in Green Valley and Sahuarita, he turned some terrific stories and embraced community journalism. He’ll be missed, but we’re glad he’s on the mend. And we’re pretty sure he’ll never forget Green Valley.



‘Inside Tucson Business’ honors Women of Influence for 2011 nside Tucson Business inducted 10 women as the Class of 2011 in the eighth annual Women of Influence. The honorees are selected from nominations from readers of the business publication in recognition of their achievements, both professionally and for the community. They are then featured in a special section and given their honors at a breakfast that was held on Nov. 15. Two women were given special honors this year in recognition Women of the work they’ve done in the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle of Influence Giffords, who was shot through the head Jan. 8 at a “Congress on 2011 Your Corner” event. Twelve others were also wounded and six people were killed in that shooting. One who was killed was Gabe Zimmerman who helped lead constituent services. Awardees Patty Valera and Amanda Sapir say they recall Zimmerman and still see him as a mentor in their work. The keynote speaker got attendees motivated. It was Niya Butts, womens basketball head coach at the University of Arizona, whose team at the time of the breakfast, was off to an undefeated start to the season.



‘Tucson Weekly’ launches Project White House 2012 ave you ever dreamed of running for president of the United States? C’mon, you know you’ve been watching the GOP presidential debates and thinking to yourself: I can do better than that. If you’re an outsider with new ideas … if you’ve got the fire in your belly … if you’ve DECEMBER 1-7, 2011 WWW.TUCSONWEEKLY.COM • FREE got lots of stuff twirling ’round in your head … then Project White House 2012 is for you! Project White House is a NO SIG Reality Journalism competiREQUIRNATURE EMENT S! tion revolving around the NO FIL ING FE E! Arizona presidential priNO BIR CERTIF TH mary on Feb. 28. You see, in NECES ICATE T! EN ID SARY! ES Arizona, candidates don’t need RUN FOR PR to gather signatures to get on the presidential-primary ballot. They don’t need to pay a filing fee. They don’t need to show a birth certificate. They don’t even need to be a memBY JIM NINTZ EL ber of the party whose nomination they’re seeking! All they have to do is fill out a two-page form, have it notarized, and send it off to the Arizona secretary of state. After they file, participants will be asked to send their campaign propaganda to the Tucson Weekly: a biography, a photo (preferably in front of an American flag) and plans for fixing the country. It can be as simple as a series of numerals, or as complicated as a 500-page manifesto. (We make no promises that we’ll actually read 500-page manifestos.) When the presidential field is set in early January, we’ll introduce our favorite candidates to the readers of the Tucson Weekly, and launch a website where participants can publish position papers, campaign posters or YouTube campaign ads. During January and February, we’ll present various challenges to our candidates, and on Thursday, Feb. 23, in our print edition, we’ll announce our endorsements in both the Republican and Democratic primaries. Then, on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 28, the contest will be in the hands of the voters. Really: Can we do much worse than we have now?



‘The Daily Territorial’ sees waves of change! he Daily Territorial staff has seen many changes over the past couple of years, but nothing like the most recent excitement. We have begun the process of taking over the composing and editorial duties, in addition to the current ad processing and public records reporting. This brings most tasks of getting The Daily Territorial out to our readers into one department. The staff is learning how to layout the paper and next will learn editorial operations. Teamwork has proven to be the key to our success! Thanks, to everyone, for a smooth transition!





Ontario, OR

Local news you need, information you want. Your community-involved newspaper.

Jone Hansen has been named the employee of the quarter for the second quarter in 2011, for her outstanding work at the Argus Observer.


Many members of the Argus Observer’s staff, and families, met for a barbeque held to honor those volunteering for lcoal events, hosted by Jo Ogburn. Editor Larry Hurrle (left) and wife Debbie and Joe Rodriguez and wife Kay go through the line. Publisher John Dillon (below) prepares some of the food for the gathering, which was a success.

One of The Argus Observer’s largest publications of the year, Horizons, was published at the end of July. The tab was a huge success and is soemthing the entire staff can be proud of. The theme for the 2011 tab was “Behind the Scenes.” The staff at the Argus Observer and the Independent Enterprise have worked to produce a Payette County

Fair Tab, which was published the first part of August. The sports staff has also worked to produce the annual Football Tab, with a theme of “Chasing the Ring,” in reference to local schools chasing after the state championship ring, which one school in the coverage are has accomplished during the last football season.


Local news you need, information you want. Your community-involved newspaper.

Payette, ID

Payette County’s Nationally Acclaimed Newspaper


Ontario, OR

80TH BIRTHDAY Former Argus Observer publisher Fran McLean celebrated his 80th birthday in November. His family invited all his friends to join in the celebration, hosted by his daughter and son-in-law Heather McLean Crosby and Scott Crosby, in an open house held at the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Ontario, OR. While publisher at the Argus Observer, McLean began a tradition of having a pizza party for employees in late November.The party was to commemorate the Argus Observer becoming a daily newspaper, rather than a twice a week newspaper. The event was quickly changed to become a celebration of going daily and celebrating McLean’s birthday.The year, the Argus Observer again commemorated the anniversary of going daily on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Since the Argus publishes both a p.m. newspaper on Wednesday and an a.m. edition for Thanksgiving morning, the staff was treated to pizza which was coined a celebration for going daily and McLean’s 80th birthday. McLean is still very active in the community and continues to lead the annual Help Them To Hope philanthropic campaign during a holiday season.


Lindsey Parker and Josh Davis were married Oct. 26. Parker is a lifestyle reporter at the Argus Observer newspaper in Ontario, OR. She is a graduate of Boise State University and came to work in Ontario in May 2011. Davis is an employee for Payette County in Payette, Idaho.The couple celebrated a honeymoon in Pendleton, OR.


Argus Observer Publisher John Dillon proved recently he never asks more of his employees than what he would do himself. During a busy schedule around the holidays and a slight worker shortage, Dillon took it upon himself to do a little janitorial work and make sure all the garbage cans in the building were emptied.



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L‘ OBSERVATEUR L’Observateur goes to the fest

For the second year in a row, L’Observateur employees manned a booth at the annual Andouille Festival, which celebrates the area’s best-known delicacy. The booth helps the paper to both increase circulation numbers and to strengthen its ties to the local community. At left, L’Observateur staff members (left to right) Christine Browning, Robin Shannon and Rhett Triche are ready to sell some subscriptions. Below left, Athena Lacombe, niece of staff member Tasha Atwood, shows her L’Observateur pride while being held by Dean Atwood. Below right, Asia Scioneaux catches up on current events while at the festival.

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RCN strikes Gold The Gold Program has been the most ambitious advertising initiative in the history of Lake Havasu City! For several months, advertising account executives identified some 2,300 prospects to become active advertisers with Today’s News-Herald, Parker Pioneer, and Each account executive researched competitive publications, online sites and traveled their territory to select a minimum of 300 prospects for a special invitation to attend a marketing & advertising seminars in Lake Havasu City the week of Aug. 8. Each prospect was then mailed a personalized invitation to attend one of 18 seminars. Prospects were shown the value and return on investment that a frequency-based advertising cam-

paign in our print and online publications would deliver to their business. The goal of the advertising department was to mail invitations to over 2,300 local businesses with the intent of securing 400-500 prospects to attend one of the 18 seminars and to close a minimum of 80 new contracts. The results of the Gold Program were incredible! Additional meetings had to be scheduled as more than 400 appointments were made with local businesses that heard a presentation on the importance of frequency in marketing and advertising and how various media reach buyers and shoppers. More than 85 new businesses signed up for this exciting program that permits an advertiser to advertise twice a week with a bonus “double ad” and bonus “color ad” once a month!


Halloween strikes RCN office

Fall awards season good to RCN news staff Awards season was very good to the Today’s NewsHerald editorial staff has been recognized for their efforts over the past year. At the Western News&Info Inc. seminar in Prescott at the end of September, Jackie Leatherman was awarded a first place in Enterprise Writing, a second place in Excellence in Writing; Nathan Bruttell was awarded a first place in Feature/Specialty Writing; and Pam Ashley received a third place in Feature/Specialty

Writing. On Oct. 15, the Arizona Newspaper Association/Associated Press Managing Editor’s awarded Jackie Leatherman with three awards. Leatherman received a first-place award for Best News Story, first-place for Investigative Reporting and second place for Enterprise Writing. The newspaper took three general awards for Best Use of Photography, Editorial Page Excellence and Page Design Excellence.

RCN chili cook-off holiday hit This year’s Halloween costume contest at River City Newspapers was a hit. First place costume went to Tracy Blackwell, right, as the half burned Barbie doll from the movie “Toy Story.” Second place went to Alexis Christensen dressed as a police officer.

Circulation, advertising and production awarded

WNI Third Quarter Best Ad Contest Winners

Best Paid Ad SeriesColor: First Place went to: Steve Mock/Ginny Frank Best Public Notice Section: First Place went to: Laura Kirsch Best Online Ad — Static: Second Place went to: Steve Mock Best Classified Section: First Place went to: Laura Kirsch/Dina Goss

Right: Agnes Bunch’s chicken chili was the top vote-getter. Publisher Mike Quinn congratulates the cook-off winner.


Kudos to the Circulation Department for being top seller in the final Circulation Blitz of 2011. Even with the absence of their manager, Alexis, Samantha and Serena were able to sell 73 new subscriptions.

Left: Membbers of the River City Newspapers staff gather around a variety of chili offerings at the Nov. 18 chili cook-off.

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Brown is 3-time top photographer ARN takes 3rd in general excellence Carol Broeder



For the third consecutive year, Arizona Range News Photographer Dave Brown has been named the 2011 ANA Photographer of the Year. Brown took home the coveted award during the Arizona Newspaper Association (ANA)’s 2011 Better Newspapers Contest. This year, 46 newspapers and 19 high schools entered in the Better Newspapers Contest for a total of 1,186 entries, said ANA Communications Manager Perri Collins. The Better Newspapers Contest consists of nine categories that measure the overall quality of the newspapers and 18 categories that honor individuals who contribute to journalism excellence, she said. The Arizona Range News received 3rd place for overall “General Excellence” in its Division 1 category – NonDaily circulation under 3,500. The winner was Capital Times in Phoenix and second went to Camp Verde Journal in Camp Verde. “The General Excellence awards judge the newspapers as a whole,” Collins said. General Excellence is calculated by adding the points won in the “Excellence in Advertising” contest together with the points won in the “Better Newspapers Contest,” she explained. The Range News also won 2nd place awards for “Community Service and Journalistic Achievement,” for a series written by Reporter Carol Broeder and Managing Editor Ainslee S. Wittig on Northern Cochise Community Hospital’s termination of the former CEO. The newspaper also garnered 2nd place awards for “Reporting and News Writing Excellence,” and “Editorial Page Excellence,” as well as 3rd place for “Departmental News and Copy Editing Excellence.”

Arizona Range News editorial staff, from left: Reporter Carol Broeder, Managing Editor Ainslee Wittig, Photographer Dave Brown, and not pictured, Sportswriter Steve Reno. Among individual staff members, Wittig took 1st place for “Best Sports Story” for “Kicking up sand in the boys’ faces;” and Steve Reno took 1st place in the “Best Team, Sport, or Sports Beat Coverage” for baseball coverage as well as 2nd place for football coverage. Wittig and Brown nearly swept the category “Best News Photograph,” with Wittig receiving 1st place for “Fire at Willcox High School,” and Brown taking 3rd place for “A firefighter watches.” Brown also took 2nd place in “Best Feature Photograph” for “Fire dancers,” and 3rd place in “Best Sports Photograph” for “Spring Training Ends,” as well as 3rd place in “Best Feature Photo Layout” for “Willcox firefighters receive praise.” Wittig also won 3rd place for “Best Sustained Coverage or Series’ for her coverage of the fire at Willcox High School.

Publisher Jane Amari said, “Range News employees do well in contests because of their obvious commitment to Willcox. Awards are nice, but serving the readers is what they do best.” Wittig said, “Our entire staff cares about the product we put out each week. The teamwork is why we, as a newspaper and as individuals, have consistently won awards each year. They may change every year, as our competition is tough, and always has been. But we strive to do the best we can for our community.” “A special thank you to the New York Press Association, for judging the entries this year,” Collins said in her Oct. 15 statement. The awards were presented on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the conclusion of the ANA Fall Convention and Annual Meeting, at Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Range News sponsors Willcox’s Favorite Son

CAROL BROEDER / Arizona Range News

Ross Estavillo, right, was honored as Willcox’s Favorite Son for 2011. He receives his plaque from Steve Reno, advertising representative and sportswriter at the Arizona Range News, which sponsors the award annually during the Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame dinner. Also honored was Rob Krentz, who was posthumously inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Krentz was killed at his ranch near the border in March 2010, likely by a drugsmuggling illegal immigrant. The long-time rancher’s death was a catalyst for border security in Arizona and nationwide. Arizona legislators also began taking border policy into their own hands with the passage of strong (and controversial) laws. His wife Sue accepted his plaque.







Season of change at the Capital Journal place an interest in children, education, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and hot cars. * Scott “Woody” Woodruff has joined the Capital Journal as pressman, coming from Iowa Falls, Iowa. Woodruff worked previously for Wick publications in Arizona and Nevada and is quickly getting to know the press at the Cap Journal, although veteran pressman Derald Gross will continue to do press maintenance and oversee printing of “The Reminder.” * Advertising director April Pullman once again led the Capital Journal’s Christmas tree decorating at the state Capitol – a show in which selected businesses are invited to decorate and display trees in the halls of the state Capitol for visitors during December. This was the second year that the Capital Journal was able to participate in decorating a Christmas tree at the Capitol, and the newspaper is proud to be a part of a longstanding tradition that many businesses have enjoyed for many years. Several Newspaper employees turned out Nov. 20 to decorate the tree with the ornaments for this year’s theme of “Starlit Wonderland,” as well as a few extras that featured the Cap Journal’s publications. Advertising’s 2nd Annual “Pit Day” was a success, with over $10,000 in holiday greetings sold within an eight-hour period. Just as in 2010, all advertising consultants were in house for the entire day at their desks calling on advertisers to run these ads between Thanksgiving and Christmas. No specials, price points or sale items… strictly holiday greetings! On the cyberfront, the Capital Journal is monitoring traffic to the newspaper website via Twitter and Facebook, and

Capital Journal employees and family help decorate the Capital Journal’s Christmas tree which is on display at the Capitol building through Dec. 26. From left, Justin Joiner, Lance Nixon, Aspen Joiner, Julie Furchner, James Shanor and Lori Owens are pictured.

what editors are seeing points to some interesting trends. It appears that the Cap Journal’s “important” stories (about flood levies and airlines leaving town, for example) don’t generate nearly the hits that light and bright stories generate -- about a woman who has lived in the same house since 1934, for example, or

a woman who is supposed to have been dead for five years when she shows up to renew her driver’s license. This will suggest a future direction that includes more of these stories. Meantime, editors and the publisher will continue to monitor these new sources of information that the Internet makes available.


A flood year that brought the South Dakota cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre record volumes of water on the Missouri River is also bringing changes to the Capital Journal. The newspaper roster now includes some new faces: * Justin Joiner came on board as assistant managing editor in early September, leaving behind the managing editor’s position at the Glendive Ranger Review in Montana. The Wyoming native will be overseeing the Capital Journal’s coverage of the South Dakota Legislature starting with the 2012 session. Justin also manages the paper’s social networking and website and is the point person in the redesign project. He worked previously as a copy editor, writer, graphic designer and photographer for several papers in Montana and Wyoming. * South Dakota news veteran Lance Nixon became the Capital Journal’s managing editor in late September, returning to a city where he’d spent four years covering state government for one of the other dailies in the state, the Aberdeen American News. Nixon also worked as a business/agriculture reporter for South Dakota’s largest daily, the Argus Leader, and as an agriculture and research news editor at South Dakota State University. * Sheri Wiechmann joined the Capital Journal as district sales manager in the Circulation Department in November. Wiechmann worked previously as communications specialist for the South Dakota Education Association/NEA, as assistant to the editor for the Meade County Times Tribune, and as production and assistant manager for the Farmer/Rancher Exchange. Along with expertise in circulation and communications, Wiechmann brings to the work-



Mat-Su Valley


Mark Kelsey named Frontiersman publisher By Frontiersman staff

Wick Communications, parent company of the Frontiersman, has named Mat-Su Borough resident Mark Kelsey publisher. Kelsey, who will begin work on Dec. 12, currently serves as communications coordinator for the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Previously, he spent 12 years in Alaska journalism, including two stints at the Frontiersman, where he served as managing editor from

‘It is a privilege to return to the Frontiersman as publisher. ... This is a great community newspaper with a proud history. I look forward to continuing that fine tradition.’ —Mark Kelsey

2005-07, and as sports editor from 1995-97. Kelsey succeeds Kari Sleight, who retired in October after 14 years as publisher. He lives near Wasilla with his wife, Lisa, who teaches at Shaw Elementary School. They

have a 5-year-old son. “It is a privilege to return to the Frontiersman as publisher, and humbling to follow Kari Sleight with her impressive record of accomplishment,” he said. “This is a great community newspaper with

a proud history. I look forward to continuing that fine tradition.” The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman began publishing as a weekly newspaper in 1947 and has grown to be a three-day-a-week newspaper with one of the most visited websites in the Mat-Su Borough. “We are pleased to welcome Mark back to the Frontiersman,” Wick CEO John Mathew said. “His background, experience and commitment to the community are assets that will complement our already excellent team.”

Mark Kelsey


GOING FOR THE GREEN Frontiersman Photo Editor Robert DeBerry poses with the Cabbage Fairies, a group of enthusiastic people who promote the Alaska State Fair’s biggest attraction — the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. During the off-season, the Cabbage Fairies promote the fair and the world-famous weigh-off, which set a world record in 2009 when a local dentist rolled in with a 127-pound head.



The Daily News


Balmy Christmas



Although the temperature said otherwise, the calendar insisted the holiday season had begun. So with temperatures hovering near 80, and humidity far exceeding that mark, Daily News employees, from left, Vicki Schilling, Marcelle Hanemann and Kelley Sandifer decorated a Christmas tree in a green space in front of the office building. During the weekend, Schilling had creatively crafted ornaments out of press plates, and purchased solar lights, red ribbon bows and poinsettias. The result is a beautiful tree that is helping bring Christmas cheer along a major thoroughfare in Bogalusa.



Williston, ND

Herald circulation manager out of hospital, recovering



Jenna Godt, the Williston Herald circulation manager who was struck by a drunken driver while she was delivering newspapers, is back home and back on her feet after a tumultuous battle in critical condition. Godt, 27, arrived in Williston on Wednesday night after spending 10 days in the hospital, including several days in intensive care. In the weeks since the accident, Godt said she has been amazed at the support she’s received from the community. “It’s almost surreal to me,” Godt said. Godt was walking back to her vehicle parked on 11th Street East in the early part of her route about 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 7 when she was struck by a 1989 Nissan pickup truck. The blow sent Godt flying, and she landed in the street bleeding from about 20 different cuts from head to toe. Her skull and pelvis were fractured in multiple


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places. She suffered three broken vertebrae and bruises everywhere. Police said the driver of the pickup, 24-year-old Allen Linghor, from Williston, had been drinking and driving. He was charged with DUI with serious bodily injury and careless driving. Before hitting Jenna, his truck sideswiped Jenna’s vehicle, where her two sons, Kristian, 6, and Ayvie, 4, were inside. The boys were not injured. Godt said she spoke with Linghor by phone while she was in the hospital. She said he profoundly apologized. “He seems like a pretty decent guy, and seems pretty broke up,” Godt said, adding Linghor said the accident has led him to rethink his lifestyle and change it for the better. Some of Godt’s family did know Linghor before the accident, but Godt did not. She said he sounded sincere, but she doesn’t know for sure. “I’d hate to see this destroy his entire life,” Godt said.

For now, Godt is focused on getting her body healed, but she doesn’t like just laying around. “I can’t stand sitting around. I’m so used to working at the Herald,” she said. Godt is able to walk with the help of a walker or leaning against something. Still looking rough and walking slowly, she stopped by the Herald’s downtown office Thursday, and that night went to Walmart to try and find a lawn chair that she could use in the bathtub. Her exhusband, who is on leave from the Navy, is in town and helping her get around. She thanked her friends, family, the Herald and the entire community for the support she has received since the accident. “It’s part of the reason I came home to Williston,” she said. Godt grew up in Williston, and joined the Navy in 2002. She moved back to town last year and began working at the Herald in January.

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Herald wins top Arizona Newspaper Association honor PHOENIX — It was announced in mid-October that the Sierra Vista Herald won the Arizona Newspaper of the Year award. The announcement came during the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 2011 Better Newspapers Contest in Phoenix. This year, 46 newspapers and 19 high schools entered the contest for a total of 1,186 entries. ANA combines the entries won

in the spring in its annual advertising awards contest with the fall editorial entries to award the title of newspaper of the year. In addition to the top honor, The Herald also received a number of individual awards. Sports Editor Matt Hickman earned a first place for his critical commentary on President Obama’s Middle East policy. He also received a third place award

for best team or sports beat coverage for Buena High School Boys basketball. Former Herald sports and education reporter Liz Manring won a first place award for her critical feature on “Banning Books in the 21st Century.” Manring also earned a second place award for her sports article, “Coaches Off Campus.” Other awards received by The

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Women in Business

In August the Herald/Review hosted a successful Women in Business program in conjuction with Cochise College. Top photo, women line up to ready themselves for the fashion show. Advertising Representative Julie Ramirez and Circulation Manager Ray Taylor talk to one of the show’s more than 200 attendees.



Taylor starts as Herald/Review circulation manager “Right now, I’m still learning the town,” Ray said. “I’m very happy to start this opportunity and glad to be part of Wick Communications.” Taylor said he researched companies before deciding to seek the Herald/Review position. “Wick (the Herald’s corporate owners) has a good reputation in the industry as a solid company. They own more than just one newspaper and that kind of stability is what I was looking for,” Taylor said. Herald/Review Publisher Phil Vega said, “With Ray’s experience, expertise and hard work he should help our readership grow. I’m happy

to see him become part of our management team and a part of this community.” After interviewing at several newspapers, Taylor said he decided to pursue the position in Sierra Vista after talking with Vega and Wick Communications Circulation Director Jeff Scott. “It’s a team feeling here and that’s something unique in this business. It’s not like you’re alone, everyone here sees the operation as something we work together on as a team,” Taylor said. Ray already started working directly with his carriers and delivery managers. He’s pulled the midnight

shift at the Hager Building, where the Herald/Review is printed, to get acquainted with delivery personnel and employees. “I think it’s important to have hands-on experience with the people I’m working with,” Taylor said. Ray is living on his own for the immediate future and is looking forward to Elaine moving to Sierra Vista. His son, Joe, just finished service as a member of the elite Green Beret military corps and has enrolled at Colorado State University in Colorado Springs, Colo. Heather will be moving to the Chandler, Ariz., area in the near future.


By Herald/Review Staff SI ER R A V ISTA — R ay Taylor started duties as the circulation manager at the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review in July. Taylor moved from Sarasota, Fla., after 17 years working as the single copy distribution manager for the New York Times-owned Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune. A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Taylor has celebrated 31 years of marriage to Elaine and the couple have two g rown children, Heather and Joe. The Taylors also are the legal guardians of their 4-year-old granddaughter, Madison.

Ray Taylor is the new circulation manager of the Herald/Review

Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb Halloween at the Herald

It was a jailbreak in the Herald/Review’s classified advertising department as staffers dressed up as convicts to celebrate Halloween. The dastardly “criminals”, left to right, are: Salinda Merritt, Classified Manager Nancy Bernard, and Coco Kerley.


A gang of Herald/Review employees and friends gather around the Iron Man statue in Bisbee as they prepare to participate in the annual Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb. The annual event attracts nearly 2,000 runners, walkers and “crawlers” who climb the stairs around Bisbee to raise funds for a variety of good causes. Chief Photographer Mark Levy shows off his running style at the event.



Herald/Review wins Inland Leadership Award EAGLE

The Sierra Vista Herald was honored Oct. 17 with the Inland Press Association’s 2011 Community Leadership Award for its excellence in coverage of this summer’s Monument Fire disaster. The fire, which took place in June, consumed more than 30,000 acres, resulted in the displacement of thousands of residents and resulted in the loss of around 55 homes and businesses. The leadership award recognizes the initiative and achievements of newspapers working through the combined resources of news coverage, editorial support and staff involvement to improve the community. Entries were to show how the local newspaper is effectively involved in the life of its community. The entries were judged by members of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In their comments, the judges stated: “The once-in-a-century calamity was covered in print and electronically with SMS updates to readers. There’s no better public service than keeping a community safe in a disaster – telling readers about bridge

New Press & a Bar-B-Que


Herald/Review Pressman Dennis Marple explains the newly installed Peretta auto-inking/ registration system at the Herald/ Review to Wick Communications staff Ron Lee, Dianna Wachtel and Nancy Toepfer. To celebrate the new system, and a recently printed special section, Publisher Phil Vega helped grill steaks outside the Hagar Building for all those who attended. As their steaks cooked, Wick Production Manager Scott Green took the time to chat with Herald/Review Ad Representative Charles Wegrich.

and road closings and warning them away from dangerous areas. “The Sierra Vista Herald was a gathering place for information, comfort and advice. The Herald provided extraordinary coverage and the leadership that’s needed when tragedy overtakes a community.” During the fire, the Herald newsroom and other staff members pulled together to produce up to the minute updates online as well as writing thousands of inches of copy and publishing hundreds of photos of the disaster. It also became the most trusted source of information as other social media outlets were less than diligent in making sure the information being disseminated was factual. Among the many emailed comments the newspaper received, readers said the effort by the staff gave “the most complete coverage”, “the information and links are exactly what I need”, “the paper did a stupendous job in covering the fire,” and “the maps that you have put out showing the burn area and evacuation zones have been extremely helpful.” Publisher Phil Vega said he was happy to see that all the hard work

by the Herald team was being recognized on the national level. “We’re pleased to receive this award. And even more pleased that our staff rose to the occasion to produce and package news reports every day of the fire that our readers looked for and needed. My gratitude and thanks to all of them.” The Monument Fire started south of Sierra Vista near the Coronado Memorial close to the Mexican border and quickly turned into a disaster for the rural area south of town as high winds whipped the blaze from canyon to canyon in the Huachuca Mountains. The fire, fanned for three days by up to 50 mph wind gusts, doubled in size in just one day. As the fire raged in the sparsely populated mountains, it eventually rolled down the slopes and jumped a major highway that connects Sierra Vista to the Hereford and Bisbee communities. Employees of the Herald scrambled to ramp up coverage that included nearly 24/7 website updates, extra pages of color photography in the newspaper and a plentiful helping of

local stories as crews from around the nation arrived to help fight the blaze. At its height there were 1,176 people assigned to fight the fire, including 26 crews, 86 engines, 7 helicopters, 1 single-engine air tanker, 2 heavy air tankers, and 2 dozers. Employees and their friends were impacted by the fire as housing areas were put under mandatory evacuation. Seven days after the blaze, at least one employee had not gone home. Earlier in the disaster another employee went home, but to a house with no electricity. Luckily, no loss of life occurred and the fire was contained at the end of June. The newspaper’s single copy sales increased by about 25 percent at the height of the fire and its web site traffic went up nearly ten fold above normal. The site saw four consecutive days of 100,000-plus page views including a record day of 168,000-plus page views and 51,000 visits as the fire hit the more populated areas just south of town. People from around the world were logging time on the site to follow the coverage at the height of the fire.

Moonsoon Madness

What do you do when the monsoon rain comes down in buckets and the sump pump plugs up? If you’re Herald/Review ad designer Tracy Shields you don a rain pancho, slip off your sandals and wade into the water so another pump can be put into action. Here Tracy is wrestling with the hose while water gushes out of the area.



2011 Cooking Show


Clockwise, from top left, Taste of Home Culinary Expert Kristi Larson bakes up some BBQ Chicken Pizza as part of the show which took place Nov. 8. Part of the sell-out crowd of more than 1,000 people scramble for a souvenir T-shirt as it was thrown from the stage. Sierra Vista Herald Publisher Phil Vega and senior reporter Bill Hess, co-emcees, sample a plate full of delightful Pumpkin Whoopee Pies. Hess and Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review Assistant General Manager Pat Wick try on some aprons and go over details of the show prior to the crowd taking their seats.





Buena High School band members perform holiday songs for the Herald staff


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