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C O N T E N T S Wick Corporate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Anchorage Press Press. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Frontiersman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Observer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,9 The Argus Observer. The Eastern Arizona Courier, Arizona Range News, The Copper Era . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,11 The Douglas Dispatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,13 Green Valley News & Sahuarita Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Capital Journal. Today’s News-Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 MDP Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..17-19 Nogales International International.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Central Design & Wick Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 San Pedro Valley News-Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Daily Iberian. Iberian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..23-25 23-25 Sidney Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..26-28 Daily News Media, News-Monitor Media Media.. . . . . . . . 29 The Wenatchee World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Williston Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31,32




As we say goodbye to another year, I pause to reflect on all the work put forth and the exciting road ahead. With the achievements and challenges 2018 presented, clearly it was not a year to rest on our laurels. But, one by one, we tackled these and emerged as a stronger company. Among the year’s highlights: •

The addition of the Wenatchee World in Wenatchee, Wash., the Quincy Valley Post-Register in Quincy, Wash., and a regional magazine in New Iberia, La., added great capabilities to the Wick organization.

Two longtime markets departed the Wick portfolio in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and Half Moon Bay, Calif., – both sold to regional buyers better positioned to serve those communities moving forward.

The installation of Vision Data was a sizable feat for our company. Yes, it created trials along the way as many of us worked to adapt to the conversion, but it was an investment that will ultimately streamline our processing and standardize our sales structures.

Launching of our apps in Williston, Wasilla, New Iberia, Pierre, Sierra Vista and Montrose lays a foundation for us to reach our customers in real time without them having to check email or visit our websites.

The Alaska earthquake Nov. 30 was a wakeup call for us all to revisit our emergency plans. The team there did a marvelous job pulling together information and telling stories that mattered to those affected.

It was a fast-paced year, bringing new friends into our organization and saying goodbye to others.

Wick Communications will enter its 94th year in late 2019, and it is personally gratifying to consider how much has changed since then, with strong focus on building our core portfolio of newspapers through robust journalism and strong, innovative sales teams. We have a lot in store for 2019; among the most significant objectives: Exceed Our Financial Goals: The health and well-being of our franchises are predicated on our ability to reinvest, and that only comes with our ability to execute and think entrepreneurially. Driving digital engagement and focusing on customer experiences will ultimate prove fruitful to our endeavors to growth rather than maintain. Prioritize, Execute and Drive Home Delivery/Mail and Digital Subscriptions: Everyone in the operation has ownership in how our newspapers look, read and assist the community; we should all be proud of the overall experience we deliver. We must require our customers to pay for the unique information our editorial staff works skillfully and diligently to create. Our baseline of subscribers, whether print or digital, is the lifeblood of our organization. Fully Optimize the Technology We Use: Knowing and ultimately understanding our systems and how they best work will improve our ability to be successful. As a company we must ask questions, expect efficiencies from the process and take ownership of the technology, and allow our associates to focus on other areas of importance that define our business.

FRANCIS WICK, PRESIDENT & CEO This new year is crucial for Wick and the communities we serve. The opportunity to reintroduce ourselves as the most qualified news outlets in our respective communities will define our franchises and assist local merchants on their path to success. It may appear a challenge, but that’s what good newspapermen/women do — rise to the occasion and forge ahead. Know that I am all-in on this journey. As always, thank you for your continued contributions and support of the Wick organization. For myself, the Wick family and all the Wick leadership, thank you for helping us define our path and our future. Best,




In August, the Anchorage Press, working with the Alaska Democratic Party hosted a debate between leading candidates Alyse Galvin and Dimitri Shein, with the promise of an endorsement for the winning candidate. More than 200 people attended the debate held at the 49th State Brewing Company in Downtown Anchorage. Anchorage Press General Manager/ Managing Editor Matt Hickman moderated the event that Press staff determined was won by Shein. The next morning we wrote our endorsement and Central Pagination lead designer Bethany Strunk put together a brilliant illustration modeled after the Shepard Fairey rendering of Barack Obama. Unfortunately for Shein, the Press endorsement wasn’t enough to get him past Galvin in the primary as Galvin took the Democratic nomination only to lose in November to 23-term congressman Don Young, the longestserving and oldest member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alyse Galvin, candidate for U.S Congress speaks at the debate hosted by the Anchorage Press and the Alaska Democratic Party at 49th State Brewing Company. (Photo by O"Hara Shipe)

Democratic candidate for U.S. House Dimitri Shein, left, answers a question posted by moderator and Anchorage Press General Manager/ Managing Editor Matt Hickman during a debate at 49th State Brewing Company in August. (Photo by O’Hara Shipe)

Spectators watch the debate presented by the Alaska Democratic Party and the Anchorage Press between Democratic Congressional candidates Dmitri Shein and Alyse Galvin. (Photo by O’Hara Shipe)


Longtime Anchorage Press beer columnist James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts talks to the crowd about the history of local beer and hands out awards at the Press Picks Live event at 49th State Brewing Company in Downtown Anchorage. (Photo by O’Hara Shipe)

Anchorage Press General Manager/Managing Editor Matt Hickman reads out the winners of the 8 major categories at the Press Picks Live event in September at the 49th State Brewing Company in Downtown Anchorage. (Photo by O’Hara Shipe)

Anchorage Press freelance writer R.J. Johnson, center, celebrates with winners at the Press PIcks Live event. (Photo by O’Hara Shipe)

Alaska Cannacuties at the Press Picks Live event. (Photo by O’Hara Shipe)

Anchorage Press marketing representative Bridget Mackey works the ticket till at the Press Picks Live event in September.

The annual readers choice award known as Press Picks has long been a staple at the Anchorage Press, but in 2018 we took it to the next level with a Press Picks Live awards show event hosted at 49th State Brewing Company in Downtown Anchorage.

49th State, which culminated in our awards show.

Company, Best Comedian Anji Stubbs and Best Hip-Hop Artist Tayy Tarantino.

The event was held on Sept. 7, in concert with 907 Day — a big deal in Alaska because the statewide area code is (907), an all-day celebration at 4

Members of Blackwater Railroad Company, Press Picks winner for Best Band (Original), performs at the Press Picks Live event. (Photo by O’Hara Shipe)


Winners in more than 120 categories, determined by more than 80,000 votes, received their certificates and the more than 150 people on hand voted for their favorites among them in the eight major categories. Entertainment was provided by Best Band winners Blackwater Railroad

Press General Manager/Managing Editor Matt Hickman emceed the show and presenters included Best TV Personality Eddie P, and freelance writers J.W. Frye, R.J. Johnson and James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts.

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Twenty from the Mat-Su Valley were recognized during the Women of Distinction award ceremony Friday in Palmer. Jacob Mann/ Frontiersman

‘PILLARS IN THEIR COMMUNITY’ Women of Distinction honored

BY JACOB MANN | FRONTIERSMAN.COM PALMER — The first Women of Distinction award ceremony hosted by the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman drew a sizable crowd Friday night as 20 women from the community were honored, recognized for their various achievements in the economic and social stratospheres.

Davis said each of the 20 nominees showed two prominent traits — their love and their humanity.

“These women are pillars in their community,” Wick Communications Alaska regional marketing director Tawni Davis said.

Regional publisher for Wick Communications, Alaska and Colorado, Dennis Anderson, took to the podium and held his hand to his chest as he looked around a room of familiar faces from the community he’s learned to call his own after moving his family to the Valley from Colorado.

Michelle Overstreet, founder and executive director of MyHouse, was one of the 20 women selected that evening. She said that she was honored for even being on the list of so many inspiring women, several she went to high school with. “I feel blessed there’s a program that recognizes the outstanding women,” Overstreet said. “There’s really a lot of powerful women here.” Overstreet founded the youth homeless facility more than 10 years ago. She said that her journey has been educational and emotional. She said through the good days and the bad, for the women who are striving to make the change, “don’t give up.” “Be persistent and consistent. Be in it for the long haul,” Overstreet said. “Find a group of partners, a support team that can lift you up in that space of being a valuable community member... We have to work together. That’s essential.” Davis hosted the event with the help of her marketing team. Davis emceed the event, walking up to the stage while Queen’s “We Will Rock You” echoed in the Raven Hall. “...Keep on fighting to the end,” Davis said, quoting the song.

“Our humanity is what connects us all as mortal beings and love the fundamental element that holds us all together,” Davis said.

“This is quite an honor for us to put this on,” Anderson said.

He said that picking the keynote speaker, Mat-Su Borough School District superintendent Dr. Monica Goyette, was a, “hit out of the ballpark.” “She has shown us what a strong woman can do when given an opportunity to do so. She’s led the school district through some serious issues and she’s come through like a champ. We really appreciate your efforts Dr. Goyette,” Anderson said. Goyette said she found a list of common characteristics amongst the nominees, based on their interviews and profiles. The top descriptors she said she found were faith, family, hard work, grit and community involvement. “Grit, I love that word,” Goyette said. She said as an educator, she couldn’t help but prompt the room into a group exercise, asking them to share with their table the various strengths they saw in each other. People from each table laughed and played along. Goy-

ette reined them in and left them with a parting message of resiliency, the fuel for their fires, “that ability to bounce back, the common theme.” “Hard-work plus resiliency equals grit, which a lot of you talked about having,” Goyette said. Stephanie Allen, executive director of United Way of Mat-Su, won the award for the 2018 Woman of Distinction for her various philanthropic works in the Valley, particularly through the nonprofit program. When her name was announced, she threw her hand over her mouth. Before, during and after the ceremony, Allen, like many of the other women there shared hugs and hearty handshakes until everyone packed up to leave. “I’m just really overwhelmed,” Allen said. “It’s a blessing to work with so many people who care about our community.” Business owner, community volunteer and business manager for the Children’s Place, Michelle Sturgeon shared a post-ceremony quote via text message, “I was humbled just standing on stage with a group of women that I often look up too, inspire to be like, and enjoy working with. I see a group of leaders on my left and right, that represent passion and have the courage to do the hard jobs that lead to real change in our communities. I see leaders that are invested, and want the best for all of us in Alaska. The strength of the women on that stage tonight was very impactful! The hugs and congratulations shared before we all walked off stage was amazing. I feel everyone was proud to be there representing diversity and being a woman worthy of distinction in our community. We are all so proud of Stephanie Allen, she is an incredible asset and one amazing lady!”


Stephanie Allen; Susan Dean; Julie Estey; Janel Gagnon; Joan Klapperich; Kelly Larson; Cheryl Metiva; Ina Mueller; Lynette Ortolano; Michelle Overstreet; Sandy Reynolds; Jana Rhea Powell; Stacie Sigar; Bailey Stuart; Michelle Sturgeon; Jaime Estes; Debbie Bushnell; Claire Horton; Kathy Hall; Jackie Kenshalo WINTER 2018


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WICK ALASKA AND THE 2018 EARTHQUAKE The earthquake of 2018 that struck South Central Alaska has left our community a bit unnerved. Even as we settled back into our normal routines the aftershocks quickly jolt us back to 8:29am Friday November 30th. Harrowing moments that we the Wick Alaska Team will never forget. Why we were so lucky as to not sustain more damage, injuries or deaths is really a minor miracle. The photos of Vine Road that we captured the day of the earthquake show just how lucky we are that it wasn’t catastrophic. The sheer magnitude of the 7.0 quake can be seen in that small stretch of road. The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman’s building and equipment sustained an estimated $15,000 in damages. Most of that came at the expense of our press. Though we were able to print that day, the quake jarred the press enough to take it out of alignment. Impressions Worldwide and our production team lead by Production Director Ryan Sleight had to cut the lags securing the press to the concrete floor and then shift it back in alignment. Then they poured new concrete and grout. Less than two weeks after the earthquake we are back in order. I’m particularly proud of our entire staff. After checking on their immediate families our team began checking on their co-workers to make sure they were safe. I was at my desk in the office when the earthquake struck with co-workers 6


Christy Pinkerton, Nancy Downs and Lynn Werel, the only other staff in the building at the time. The sounds of the rumble and panic will probably always stay with me. It’s a heck of thing to feel so out of control that you don’t know what the outcome will be. As the quake roared on thoughts of the roof caving in crept in my mind. Will I survive this? Once it stopped there was relief but only briefly while aftershocks came in waves. Even as I write this on Dec 14 the aftershocks continue. Some rate as high as 5.0 in magnitude. We could be feeling them for months according to geologists. Our editorial team has received praise for their work in covering the event. Our coverage has continued with recovery and remarkable human-interest stories from that day. Managing Editor Jeremiah Bartz never lost power or internet connection that day. His home became our information center. Taking the lead, Bartz divided up assignments between our two reporters Jacob Mann and Tim Rockey. Then handed me my assignments. Like a good leader he took charge. I was particularly touched that Russ Hemphill's editorial team at the Wenatchee World sent two stories almost immediately concerning the earthquake without a request. As I stood in the Fred Meyer grocery store taking photos of the overwhelming amount of people purchasing goods a rumor started spreading that a larger

earthquake was coming. Social media was blazing with this rumor. I called Russ and asked if his team would research this rumor. An hour later they sent a story. One which put the rumor in context. There was only a 4% chance of a larger earthquake happening. Personally, I was a bit unnerved about the rumor and it was a big help for me and to anyone else who read it. Our Wick home office team’s support was another reason why we were able to push vital information out to the community. Sean Fitzpatrick and Alessia Alaimo were proactive and in constant communication with myself and Bartz. Support from both CEO Francis Wick and HR Director Tom Riebock was critical. They were able to assist me in a calm manner with checking off the boxes of a long list of ‘to dos’ immediately after an emergency situation.

On behalf of all of us in Alaska, we would like to thank each and everyone of you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. Knowing that our Wick family was there for us in our time of need is a beautiful feeling.



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Jennie was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. She is the current Special Projects Media Consultant for The Frontiersman, as well as a knitting enthusiast. She believes in the importance of community and value of the Mat-Su Valley, and looks forward to building relationships with local businesses.

Lauralynn has been an Alaskan resident since 1994, where she migrated from Glendale, California. She resides in the Mat Su Valley with her husband, Scot and their fur kids. She enjoys meeting new people, loves a good challenge and is open to change and the learning that comes with it. When not working, she enjoys exploring all that Alaska has to offer, camping, fishing and spending time with her family and friends at the lake house. Lauralynn’s new position is as a Marketing Sales Consultant.

THE FRONTIERSMAN WELCOMES TAYLOR HEFFELE AS CIRCULATION REPRESENTATIVE Taylor Heffele is from Wasilla Alaska. She enjoys reading, writing and swimming in her free time as well as spending as much time as she can with my friends and family. Along with her friends and family, She loves cars. Her favorite is a Nissan Skyline R34 GTR and she hopes to own one so that there can be two in the state of Alaska. She also enjoys buying and wearing crazy socks. Her collection has grown to over 75 different pairs that she wears on a rotation so that she can wear all of them. Her favorite pair has cats hula hooping on them and one with a bowl of noodles and chopsticks on them. “I’m excited to be working at the Frontiersman Newspaper because it gives me a chance to write for the which has already been a wonderful opportunity for me to get my writing out there and published. This has been an amazing stepping stone for me to see how the newspaper industry works and how it’s run.”



Former Argus Observer publishers stopped into an open house on Aug. 28 to greet new Publisher Stephanie Spiess. Pictured, from left, are Spiess, Marilyn Rhinehart, Gene Rhinehart, and Fran McLean. Photo Credit: Leslie Thompson | The Argus Observer


Stephanie Spiess has been named publisher of The Argus Observer in Ontario, and its sister publication, Independent-Enterprise in Payette.

“Wick Communications is proud to bring someone of Stephanie’s caliber to the Observer,” said Wick Communications Group Publisher Ken Harty. Spiess’ most recent assignment was as publisher of the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Montana where she has been publisher since October 2016.



Prior to that she was in Portsmouth then London, Ohio, for Civitas Media properties; Spiess served as an advertising representative from 2008 to 2010, as regional online sales manager from 2010 to 2014, and as general manager from 2014 to 2016. “I can’t wait to start this new journey in Ontario with the Observer and hope to help grow the relationship between the Observer and community as the number one source for local news in the area,” she said. “My goal is to build up the relationship between the local community and the newspaper and for The Argus Observer to be the first place that readers turn to when they want to know what’s going on.” “We’re excited to see one of our own have the opportunity to lead this sto-

ried franchise serving Ontario and the many beautiful communities making up the Western Treasure Valley region. Stephanie showcases the best of a media leader, positivity and enthusiasm to serve the community through strong local journalism and ways to assist local business succeed in their marketing efforts,” said Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications. Spiess and her husband, Tony, have four sons, Devon, Eli, Ian and Lane. She enjoys sports and is an avid fan of Cincinnati teams including the Reds, Bengals and Xavier Musketeers.


“It’s very important to give back to those who have given to us. Vets are very near and dear to me.” — Argus Publisher Stephanie Spiess

Nov. 11 marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I. In recognition

tioned at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Her grandfather served in the U.S. Navy.

of the end of the historic conflict and to honor those who served in the U.S. military, The Argus Observer hosted a free Veterans Breakfast Nov. 10 at the Oregon National Guard Armory-Ontario and recruiting office.

The event was planned before Spiess arrived at the Argus in August by previous publisher John Dillon, and she was happy to see it carried out.

Staff from the Argus rolled up their sleeves, pitching in with setting tables, cooking, cleaning, taking tickets and even bringing breakfast to the table for those who needed that assistance. “It’s very important to give back to those who have given to us,” said Argus Publisher Stephanie Spiess. “Vets are very near and dear to me.”

Among sponsors the Argus solicited for the event were top sponsor Kraft Heinz, as well as Red Apple, Right Bite Dentures, Veterans Advocates of OreIda, Franklin Building Supply and Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast wrapped up in time for participants to attend the 17th annual Veterans Day Parade.

Spiess’ father served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and for the first six years of her life, she and her family were sta-

Axella Evelyn Norland Stephen, left, talks with Virginia Stephen, middle, and Lori Saintpeter during the Argus Observer’s Breakfast for Veterans Saturday morning in the National Guard Armory & Recruiting Office. Axella Stephen served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945, and after completing her training at the Boston Navy Yard in Massachusetts, she was stationed at the famous Farragut Naval Training Station in Coeur D’Alene.

Argus Observer Production Manager Wade Cordes cooks up hash browns during the Argus Observer’s Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10.

Argus Observer Editor Leslie Thompson, middle, chats with Doug Dean, right, and Ontario Mayor Ron Verini during the Argus Observer’s Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10.

Local veterans chat over breakfast and coffee during the Argus Observer’s Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10. Photo Credit: Nik Streng | The Argus Observer




The nominees for the 2018 Eastern Arizona Courier and Copper Era’s 15 Over/ Under 40 Individual of the Year awards pose for a photo with keynote speaker Nick Nordgrän-Tellez, far left, Courier/Copper Era publisher Monica Watson, front row center, and Valley Telecom chief financial officer Troy Judd, far right. David Bell Photo/Eastern Arizona Courier

Nick Nordgrän-Tellez shares a laugh with the crowd while he delivers his keynote speech during Saturday’s awards ceremony. David Bell Photo/Eastern Arizona Courier


SAFFORD — He ensures local community and business leaders are kept up to date on what’s occurring at the Safford mining operation for FreeportMcMoRan. He helps determine which nonprofit organizations and charitable endeavors should be supported with grants from Freeport’s foundation. He serves with the United Way to help even more money be properly granted to projects and organizations in Graham and Greenlee counties.

In recognition of all that and more, Sean Wenham was named the Eastern Arizona Courier and Copper Era’s 15 Over/ Under 40 Individual of the Year.

“I’m flattered to receive the 15 Over/ Under 40 award for 2018 and wish I could’ve joined such a great field of nominees at the banquet to celebrate their successes and nominations,” Wenham said.

“Our community enjoys a bounty of talented young professionals whose efforts make the region a brighter place and any one of them would have done justice to the award. I’m honored to receive the nomination and happily accept the award. Thank you.” Wenham was unable to be in attendance during the awards presentation Saturday at the Branding Iron Steakhouse, as he was traveling for work. His awards were accepted on his behalf by Matt Bollinger. The event was sponsored by Valley Telecom, with Trophies N’ Tees sponsoring the plaques presented to each of the nominees. Courier/Copper Era publisher Monica Watson and Valley Telecom chief financial officer Troy Judd presented the plaques to this year’s nominees, thanking each for his or her contribution to the community. The keynote speaker was Nick NordgränTellez, owner of La Paloma restaurant, who said he was “humbled and thankful” to speak to the nominees, adding that “there are individuals here who are tops in their field, and doing noteworthy things in the community.” He called on the nominees to be “stewards in the community in which you reside.”

“Volunteer for a political party (and) protest something; it’s all part of the journey,” Nordgrän-Tellez said. “When you serve, do it with integrity and honesty; do it without prejudice. We have to seek to build each other up; we have to teach civility and good citizenship; and we have to have love and respect for ourselves and the communities in which we reside.” In addition to Wenham, the second annual 15 Over/Under 40 group of nominees included: Amanda Jones, of the Graham County Chamber of Commerce; Brandon Little, an EMS captain and owner of Desert Shade Blinds; Phil Orme, an Eastern Arizona College athletic trainer; Corina Pino-Reyes, with Valley Telecom; Amanda Rogers, president of Pima Soccer League; Atisha Russom, founder of Humanity Served with Smile and Coffee on the Straight; Shannon Seballos, coordinator of institutional accreditation for EAC; Chris Taylor, Safford city councilman and owner of Desert Eagle Addiction Recovery; Tabitha Warn, owner of the Plantation store; Katie Williams, Pima schools guidance counselor; and Michelle Wilson, owner of Farmers Insurance.


THATCHER — Eastern Arizona Courier, The Copper Era and Arizona Range News are getting ready to bring nerdiness back to the Gila Valley. The newspapers will present the second annual Gila Valley Comic-Con on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019, at Eastern Arizona College. “We’re working to grow the event, trying to make it not only even more fun for all attendees, but a tourism boost for Graham County,” said David Bell, managing editor for the three newspapers and the convention’s organizer. The inaugural event saw nearly 1,000 unique visitors and nearly 40 vendors participate in sales, events, contests, 10


raffles, live shows, costume contests and gaming. “All of the vendors at last year’s convention said our event exceeded their expectations. One vendor told us that they met their goal for the whole weekend within the first two hours of Friday night,” Bell said. “That success has helped us grow the number of vendors for our 2019 convention. “And we’re expanding our food options, with nearly double the number of food trucks on site to serve convention attendees as well as college students.” To help grow the 2019 convention, Bell announced artists will be offered the opportunity to participate in a 24-hour

Eastern Arizona Courier Managing Editor David Bell and Publisher Monica Watson, center, join guest of honor Cara Nicole for a photo as Superman, Supergirl and Power Girl during the inaugural Gila Valley Comic-Con. Ken Showers Photo/Eastern Arizona Courier


Courier’s Geri Bryce Heffron dressed as an ewok to help attendees at the 2018 Gila Valley Comic-Con. Ken Showers Photo/Eastern Arizona Courier

comic book contest — artists have to write and draw an eight-page comic within 24 hours — as well as the return of the Superhero Mayhem.

allowed us to take it over starting in 2019. We will continue to make it a fund-raiser for a family whose child is facing catastrophic illness.”

“Superhero Mayhem is an obstacle course that runs along the college campus. Each obstacle has a superhero theme, and participants are asked to dress in costume,” Bell said.

Gila Valley Comic-Con and the Courier also used its annual 12 Days Before Christmas give-away in December as a sock drive — gathering new socks to be donated to local homeless and domestic violence shelters.

“Superhero Mayhem was started a few years ago by one of the college clubs as a fund-raiser for a local family whose child was dealing with a serious medical condition. Last year, the club opted to raise funds another way and graciously

More information about the convention can be found at www.gilavalleycomiccon.com or on Facebook.

Artists who attended the 2018 Gila Valley ComicCon participated in a one-of-a-kind poster. Eastern Arizona Courier Photo

A PERFECT 10 David Bell, managing editor of the Eastern Arizona Courier and Copper Era, left, was a guest judge for the second annual Dancing with the Graham County Stars fund-raising event in Safford. He was joined by Mikayla Cope, with the Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley, and Graham County Zoning Director Joe Goodman. Ken Showers Photo/Eastern Arizona Courier


Courier’s 3-on-3 hoops tourney benefits Boys & Girls Club Eastern Arizona Courier Publisher Monica Watson presents a check to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley to Mick Ruiz, executive director of the club. The funds were generated by registration fees for the second annual Courier 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in June. David Bell Photo/Eastern Arizona Courier




The Douglas Dispatch and Wick Communications hosted its Second Annual Best of Douglas Awards on Friday, Nov. 16. The event was held to honor some of Douglas’ best businesses that have served the community and displayed the ‘Best of Douglas’. In September the Douglas Dispatch began an online contest where local residents could nominate and then vote in October 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 were announced. Douglas Dispatch Customer Service Manager Aaliyah Montoya served as the Master of Ceremonies at this event. “On behalf of the Dispatch we are so honored to be able to put on this event that recognizes the Best of Douglas,” she said. “We provided a platform in which people in the community voted. If you are here winning an award it’s because people in your community

voted for you and recognized your service. We’re not just honoring businesses here tonight, we’re really celebrating the people of Douglas...We have so much to be proud of. This is a celebration of all of you.”

Local merchant Ida Pedrego, owner of Illusions on G Avenue, was the guest speaker at the event. She was later presented with the first ever Best of Douglas 2018 Business Person of the Year award.

Montoya said the number of categories this year was reduced to 12; there were over 190 nominees and the contest attracted close to 4,500 votes from all over the country.

“I hear all the time Douglas is dying, Douglas isn’t what it used to be,” Pedrego said in her remarks. “You know they’re right. Douglas isn’t what it was when I grew up here or my children grew up here. One thing that hasn’t changed was our community, our love for our community...What is happening here tonight shows just how much you all are dedicated to your businesses, to the community and to the customers that you serve. That’s what makes Douglas special.”

“We had voters in Europe, Central America,” she said. “That goes to show that there are people who are from Douglas or who have visited here … and they care enough about this community that they keep tabs.”

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 Dispatch Customer Service Manager Aaliyah Montoya and Publisher Manuel Coppola present Douglas merchant Ida Pedrego with the first ever Best of Douglas 2018 Business Person of the Year award at the Douglas Dispatch Best of Douglas ceremony Nov. 16.

For publisher Manuel Coppola said this was his first time attending the Best of Douglas event. He said he was impressed by what he saw and heard from those being honored at the ceremony and commended the Dispatch staff for working together to host such an uplifting event.

Douglas Dispatch Reporter Aaliyah Montoya presents Javier Campbell owner of L&L’s Ricos Hot dogs with his award after he was named the Best Food Truck.

The Douglas Dispatch staff of Bruce Whetten, Aaliyah Montoya, Manuel Coppola and David Dominguez pose for a group shot at the Best of Douglas event.

The Best of Douglas cake and two of the gift baskets that were given out at the Best of Douglas event.



Manuel Coppola speaks to the crowd at the first Best of Douglas 2018 Business Person of the Year event.


The Douglas Dispatch played a key role in helping sponsor two major events that took place in Douglas this fall. The 94th Annual Cochise County Fair took place outside of Douglas Sept. 2730. The Dispatch staff of Bruce Whetten, Aaliyah Montoya and David Dominguez put together a 12-page Fair Tab that featured articles about the talent that was coming to the fair in addition to the fair schedule and other tidbits of information pertinent to the fair. In addition to the 6,000 copies that were inserted in the Dispatch an additional 1,000 copies were distributed to those attending the fair. The Dispatch was also one of five major fair sponsors this year. The sponsorship granted managing editor Bruce Whetten a rare opportunity to ride a 2,300-pound Texas Longhorn, named Shot Gun. Shot Gun and his partner Show Gun are part of the Legendary Longhorns based in Sweet Home, Oregon. They made the 1,500 journey to the fair and were a big hit with fair goers. Whetten, who grew up on a farm and raised cattle when he was young, said this was a rare opportunity he knew he had to take advantage of when given the opportunity. “My dad grew up around Texas Longhorns when he was young,” he said. “My one regret was that he was not here to see this. He would have got a kick out of seeing these gentle giants, let alone his son riding one of them.”

Douglas Dispatch Managing Editor Bruce Whetten was given a rare opportunity to ride Shotgun, a Texas Longhorn, at the Cochise County Fair in September. The Dispatch was one of the sponsors this year for the 94th Annual Cochise County Fair.

Fiesta which took place Oct. 3-4. Four teams from Mexico came to Douglas and played a baseball exhibition at the infamous Copper King Stadium. The games attracted fans from both sides of the border. An estimated 3,000 people showed up to the two games and take in some quality baseball.

The fair this year set an attendance record with just shy of 30,000 people coming through the gates.

This was the second consecutive year the Dispatch helped bring the Baseball Fiesta to Douglas.

“We had many positive comments from people on our Fair Tab,” Whetten added. “I was happy with the way it came out. Our paginator in Sierra Vista Bethany Strunk, did an outstanding job of putting all our loose copy into a section we can all be proud of.”

The Dispatch also sold ads and put together a four-page tab that was distributed to fans attending the games.

One week after the fair the Dispatch helped sponsor the Mexican Baseball

Whetten says he saw this as another great way to help shed a positive light on Douglas while also showcasing the quality of the hometown paper.

Frank Rendon, owner of the Legendary Longhorns, based out of Sweet Home, Oregon, takes a stroll down the midway and under the Douglas Dispatch banner at the Cochise County Fair in September.


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A pitcher for the Mexicali Aguilas delivers a pitch in one of two Mexican Baseball Fiesta games that were played in Douglas in October. The Douglas Dispatch was a major sponsor in helping bring this event to Douglas for the second straight year.


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The cover of the 94th Annual Cochise County Fair Tab which was printed by the Douglas Dispatch and distributed both in the Dispatch and handed out at the Cochise County Fair.







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2018 AZ19 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE Community partner. Strategically driven. Outcome focused.


s one of the largest mining companies in the world, FreeportMcMoRan knows working to make local communities strong pays off for everyone. When Freeport-McMoRan acquired the Sierrita mine on the edge of Green Valley in 2007, leadership continued its long history of quickly jumping in to help identify and tackle community challenges, celebrate victories and plan for a sustainable future. As a long-time major employer and member of the business community, the company is passionate about leaving a legacy of environmental stewardship and sustainable economic development. Freeport-McMoRan has been instrumental in sup-

porting the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce with long-term planning for economic development to drive business retention and expansion. The company has supported food banks, programs for children and education efforts. While FreeportMcMoRan’s direct economic impact on Pima County was more than $115 million in 2017, it’s difficult to measure the indirect positive impact on the lives of those who live in our community. Freeport-McMoRan is a major producer of copper, but to us it is so much more. Our thanks to the continuing efforts of FreeportMcMoRan for caring about our communities and showing it in so many ways.

Freeport-McMoRan volunteers participate in buffelgrass removal in Green Valley.

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Robert Wick of Wick Communications, Rebecca Rogers, a member of the Wick board of directors, and Dru Sanchez, publisher of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun (sitting) joined more than 200 people for the AZ19 Most Influential People awards in September. The event, sponsored by the Green Valley News, Sahuarita Sun and the Nogales International, honored those who serve their communities along the Interstate 19 corridor between Sahuarita and Nogales.

Ruth Bennett, who says she’s been accused of “putting the ‘fun’ back in funeral,” was among the speakers at the fall Green Valley Lecture Series in November, sponsored by the Green Valley News. Bennett is executive director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Arizona, and drew a big crowd intent on saving money to the bitter end.

VALUABLE VOICES: READER ADVISORY BOARD They saved our bacon — many times over. That’s the best way to sum up the contributions of the Green Valley News’ first Reader Advisory Board. The 15-member board finished its oneyear commitment in October, and the paper has put out the call for a new


group to begin in January. The first board met nine times in 201718, and contributed ideas on the introduction of the tall-tab newspaper format; election coverage; comics; editorials; and much more. The board was put together with diversity, demographics and life experience

in mind, and the meetings were kept to one hour. Production, advertising and newsroom managers attended along with the publisher. In addition to the wise counsel, many story ideas and advertising leads came out of the meetings. Not to mention, a lot of good will.

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Lincoln’s brand new three-row, rear-wheel-drive Aviator marks the first time Lincoln will offer a plug-in hybrid model that is capable of using its twin-turbocharged engine if needed.

BIGGER IS BETTER Auto companies add trucks, SUVs for 2019

truck last seen six years ago. Also, three current truck editions will be remodeled.

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UVs and pickup trucks once occupied a healthy share of the American new car market; now, they dominate the field. The three largest sellers in the U.S. are trucks (Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500); and SUVs, including “crossovers” possessing both car and truck attributes, account for close to 45 percent of all new auto sales. Expect to see even more sport-utility and related models in the years ahead. According to figures from LMC Automotive consult-

ing firm, the number of SUV and crossover models is poised to grow from 118 last year to 180 five years from now. Both SUV and truck brands are adding new players in 2019. Nine brand-new sport utility nameplates will appear for the upcoming model year — including a plug-in EV — and one model will change names, according to kbb.com online automotive marketplace. Also, eight established SUVs are undergoing substantial revamps for 2019. New pickup trucks include the introduction of a popular off-roader and reemergence of a mid-sized

• Cadillac XT4, a compact crossover. • Jaguar i-Pace, electric vehicle SUV. • Lamborghini Urus, a first-time SUV for the ultraluxury sports car. • Lexus UX, subcompact SUV. • Lincoln Aviator, SUV. • Subaru Ascent, full-size SUV. • VW Atlas, SUV. • Volvo XC40, compact crossover. • One “new” model is in title - the Lincoln Nautilus. Formerly dubbed the MKX, the submarine-ish named model is a midsize SUV.

Ford is reintroducing the Ranger as a smaller alternative to the full-size F-150 – it’s bestselling model.

Original trucks set to roll Along with novel ediout are a pickup version of tions, carmakers are overthe rugged Jeep Wrangler, hauling trucks and SUVs and the first appearance of that are regulars in the the Ford Ranger midsize brand’s lineups. truck since manufacturing Restyled pickups for ceased in 2012. 2019 are General Motors’

long-running Chevrolet Silverado full-size truck, its sister brand GMC Sierra and the Ram 1500 truck from FCA.

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NEWS & SUN TAKES HOME 27 STATE AWARDS The Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun won a record 27 awards at the 2018 Arizona Newspapers Association awards in October, including first place for General Excellence in Advertising. Advertising also won first place for Best Color Ad; Most Effective Use of 14


Small Space; Best Special Section; and Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section. The newsroom won seven first-place awards and was second in General Excellence. First place honors included: Reporting & Newswriting Excellence;

Newspaper Supplement or Magazine; Best News Story; Best Sports Column; Best Feature Story; Best Column, Analysis, Commentary; and Best Sports Photo.


In partnership with Livestream Media, the Capital Journal began broadcasting local high school and Legion baseball games from Pierre. The company sold sponsorships for the home games and we provide the announcer and the camera work, which is handled by Sports Editor Scott Millard. Since we started the program this summer we have more than doubled our investment, which included the cost of a new video camera and laptop. The feature has proven to be very popular with sports fans who cannot attend the home games. Capital Journal sponsors Oahe Television Candidates’ Forum There were several locally contested political races in Hughes and Stanley Counties and the Capital Journal played a major role in helping the candidates get their message out to our readers by sponsoring a candidates’ forum. A makeshift studio was set up in the CJ pressroom and the question and answer session was filmed by the local cable access affiliate, Oahe TV. The recorded program ran daily from Oct. 24 until the Nov. 6 election. The three incumbent state house and senate candidates, all Republicans, were re-elected. CJ redesign With help from Wick editorial consultant David Arkin, the Capital Journal is

going through a major redesign. We met recently with a focus group that helped us choose a new flag for the front page. It’s radically different from the plate that’s graced the top of A1 for many years, but they voted 13-1 in favor of it. Arcand also showed Managing Editor Nick Lowrey and the editorial staff how to plan their coverage beats to make the stories more readable. The goal is to offer more information in a more readable format and to get more local names and faces in the paper. Members of the 14 person focus group included the mayor of Fort Pierre, Pierre city police chief, the area chamber of commerce director, former head of the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department and the spokesperson for the South Dakota State Highway Patrol. Circulation EZ Pay Capital Journal EZ Pay continues to grow. When we first started to pay attention to our EZ Pay subscribers in April we had a paltry 65 customers. By the end of November we had topped 200. The circulation department, led by Elise Wines and fortified by clerk Jackie Odom and Classified Supervisor Dee Maeschen and Business Manager Marylinn Baker, have made asking for new and renewing subscribers automatic. It helps that we offer a $10 gift card to every new and renewing subscriber, and many of our customers appreciate the convenience of automatic renewal. Let It Snow Ski resorts call snow “white gold” and for some of our subscribers they might be in agreement on Groundhog Day. That is if we get four or more inches of snow on that day. We followed Williston and Wahpeton’s lead by offering a full

refund to any customer who subscribes or renews between Dec. 10th and Jan. 24th. The refunds are insured so if the white stuff does accumulate to the required level, we are only out the small premium we paid. The promotion will bring in close to $20,000 in new and renewed subscriptions. Marylinn Baker is our new business manager Long-time employee Marylinn Baker is the longest serving employee at the Capital Journal. She started 33 years ago in the ad department laying out ads when the Hipple family still owned the paper. Then she was promoted to accounts receivables and recently took over as business manager, replacing Eve Smith who moved to Maine to be closer to her family. After that many years she says “it’s never boring because there are new situations to deal with every day.” Training The Capital Journal employees recently participated in two first aid courses conducted by members of the local ambulance service. The first one involved CPR, the other was on how to stop the bleeding. “It always important to keep up with new first aid techniques,” said Publisher John Clark, “and you never know when this training can help save someone’s life.” Participants were taught how to use chest compression to restore breathing, and tourniquets to stop bleeding.

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BARTELS JOINS CAPITOL BUREAU “Some readers are up on the ins and outs of state government. Everyone, though, could learn from, and benefit from, state government news stories. We will report the basics, the pertinent, and the repercussions of South Dakota politics and everyday goings on,” Del Bartels said. Bartels is the new lead reporter for the Capital Journal newspaper’s new Capitol Bureau. With 14 years experience as a weekly newspaper editor, Bartels has reported on the relevance of how school boards, city councils and other entities affect communities. He said he knows that, in a small community, the mayor might be your next door neighbor. The school

superintendent could be on your golf team. The head of the local transportation system might attend your church. A county commissioner could be sitting next to you at a cattle auction. Bartels said he knows that what happens in the local government affects you. It affects him. State government, he said, is the same way. As such, he said, he will apply a community news reporter’s mindset to the coverage of South Dakota’s government. Bartels has lived most of his life in South Dakota. He earned a communication major bachelor degree from Black Hills State University. He taught high school for four years; English and social studies. Basic government has not changed all that much over the years, though Bartels believes the changes are interesting. As a former editor of the Pioneer Review newspaper in Philip, he covered everything happening, from local elections, parades, high school sports, to American

Legion activities, street projects and local award winners. He was on everyday terms with officials such as the mayor, game warden, fire chief, local AARP president, hospital CEO, chief of police, business owners. Now he will get to know other individuals, those who work for the South Dakota taxpayers, work for you. Bartels is already reporting on South Dakota state government. Bartels has five adult children. He has been a single father. One daughter is a former Marine, now a political science major. One daughter is a nurse, a graduate from USD. His youngest son is a business/accounting student at USD. Bartels’ oldest son died in a swimming accident when he was 18. Bartels’ second son’s body was brought back from Iraq by the Army. Bartels is proud that all five learned from him to debate, to recognize ‘propaganda’ and to be informed citizens.



50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LONDON BRIDGE IN ARIZONA Lake Havasu City’s unique history was celebrated over the fall in an equally unique partnership between Today’s News-Herald, the local economic development department and three craft brewers. The News-Herald joined with other Lake Havasu City organizations in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the London Bridge in Arizona. Havasu’s three craft brewers worked with Lake Havasu City’s Partnership for Economic Development to create a special beer, called Foundation 50, which cel-

ebrated the city’s historical milestones. The beer was bottled in six cans illustrating touchpoints in Havasu’s history, including the reconstruction of the London Bridge in Havasu, city founder Robert McCulloch, and the city’s highly publicized spring break activities of the 1990s. The beer’s release was timed with the publication of three special sections within the News-Herald, which gave subscribers additional information about those important people and events that shaped the small town over the previous five decades. The Founda-

tion 50 events culminated with London Bridge Days, an annual celebration of the bridge that is included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest antique ever sold.

HAVASU... ARIZONA’S COASTAL LIFE Celebrating Five Years of Publication

Today’s News-Herald celebrated five years of publication of its quarterly lifestyle magazine, “Havasu … Arizona’s Coastal Life” in December. The first edition was published in December 2013 after months of planning and research by staff in an effort to create a lifestyle magazine that showcases all that’s good about Lake Havasu City. Each magazine is themed to the activities of the season

and puts a Havasu spin on topics such as entertainment, dining and shopping, home design and gardening, health care and the great outdoors, among others. To be successful, readers needed to view the magazine as a topical guidebook to realizing the good life in Lake Havasu City. The first issue of “Havasu … Arizona’s Coastal Life” featured a photo of the London Bridge, bedecked for the holidays, and it included stories on milliondollar homes, local beer brewers, the art of yoga and a husband-wife team of artists who create lifelike miniature dolls. The magazine evolved over the years, but its heart and mission remains the same: Tell the ongoing story of Lake Havasu City through the myriad people that make our town such a great place to live.

RIVER CITY NEWSPAPERS WELCOMES MICHAEL EVANS Michael Evans has joined River City Newspapers, which publishes the daily Today’s News-Herald and weekly Parker Pioneer, as advertising and marketing director. He oversees sales and marketing operations for print and digital advertising for RCN, which also publishes Smart Buyer, a weekly nonsubscriber advertising product, Home Hunter, a monthly real estate publication, “Havasu…Arizona’s Coastal Life” magazine, and Havasunews.com, Southern Mohave County’s top news website. Evans previously lived in Lake Havasu City more than a decade ago and worked with Today’s News-Herald



in a temporary sales management role. He comes to Lake Havasu City from Springfield, Mo., where he was publisher of a lifestyle 417 magazine. Prior to that, he served in top management roles as publishing director of Variety, Daily Variety, and Variety.com in NYC and LA, associate publisher of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, Palm Springs Life and Publishers Weekly magazines. His wife, Diane, is a native of Lake Havasu City, along with his children Tyler and Kennedy.

Since that first edition, the magazine has won several of the top awards in its category in the annual Arizona Newspapers Association contest and sales have expanded to stores around Lake Havasu City.

The newest edition of “Havasu … Arizona’s Coastal Life” is 62 pages and focuses on outdoor recreation, pampered pets and Havasu’s emerging craft beer industry.


For the second year, the Montrose Daily Press hosted the Women of Distinction awards, under the leadership of publisher Tonya Maddox, assistance from News Editor Monica Garcia, photojournalist Sydney Warner (who is now serving an internship in Australia), the advertising department and the newsroom. A portion of staff writer Andrew Kiser’s Aug. 5 story follows: There was a notable person absent from this year’s Women of Distinction event for Eva Veitch: her late husband, James. Her husband of 16 years passed away back in March. But even though he wasn’t physically there Veitch felt his presence throughout the night and when she was named the 2018 Woman of the Year.

The 2018 Woman of the Year Eva Veitch hugs the 2017 honoree, Dr. Mary Vader, Aug. 2.

“I wish my husband was here with me, but I know he is. He’s right here,” Veitch said, putting her hand over her heart. “He’s here with my friends and family and celebrating all of us.” Those same people have also helped her through this trying period of her life, she said. “It’s been a really difficult few months — difficult year-and-a-half before he passed because he was sick,” Veitch said. “But friends and family have just rallied to support me in such an amazing way and helped me move forward every day. This is just another step of moving forward.” The mixed emotions could be heard in Veitch’s voice during her acceptance speech. “I’ve been saying for weeks, ‘Wow. Wow. Wow,’” Veitch said. “Wowed that I’m even a part of this amazing group of beautiful, talented, giving, wonderful women. And I get to stand in front of my friends and family and my own special tribe who have gotten me through a really tough few couple of months. I’m so, so honored to be here.” “Life happens to us all and it is unfortunate what she has gone through,” said Montrose Daily Press Publisher Tonya Maddox, who initiated the event. “But to see her shine tonight, hopefully, it eases some of that pain.” The second annual Women of Distinction ceremony honored Veitch and 24 other incredible local women as well as lifetime achievement winner Patricia Dickinson during Thursday’s ceremony at the Montrose Pavilion. Tears were flowing but laughter was also had. Women of Distinction honorees had a little of both for Veitch and her role as the community living services director for Region 10. “I have chills up and down my spine,” said 2017 Women of Distinction hon-

Women of Distinction and guests pose for a group photo at the Aug. 2 celebration. Photo credit: Sydney Warner

oree Debby Harrison-Zarkis who introduced Veitch during the presentation. “She deserved it.”

Veitch’s job helping older residents is “nothing short of heroic,” Dr. Mary Vader said.

She added she’s happy to see an unsung, humble hero in the community get her dues.

“(Her role) isn’t easy,” said Vader, the 2017 Women of of Year. “And not only when you are dealing with an aging population but then all the criteria, rules, insurance and Medicare and social security. So to navigate that and to still bring those programs, it’s impressive.”

“She’s one of those people who doesn’t necessarily toot her own horn,” Harrison-Zarkis said. “She’s always done her work silently. She’s one of those silent servants who worked in the background.” Outside of her work at Region 10, Veitch volunteers with Altrusa and is a member of the Women’s Giving Club and the Suicide Prevention Coalition. Harrison-Zarkis credited Veitch as also being a mentor for her when she first started as the manager at PACE — a role Veitch held before her. “She taught me so much about being a manager, about being firm yet kind,” Harrison-Zarkis said. “She really cares about people and her community. She’s contributed so much to the community especially to the elders of the community. I think that’s where her heart really lies is taking care of the seniors.”

New to this year’s ceremony was the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2018 honoree, Tricia Dickinson, has been “a true Montrose matriarch” since moving to the area in the early 1970s, said Maddox. “That’s who I aspire to be,” Maddox said of Dickinson. “I believe the least we could do was to recognize her lifetime achievement. I feel as if I was standing in a room of giants, that means so much to me.” Dickinson had several roles throughout the years as she was a nurse, owner of a private home health care agency, a board member of several entities ranging from healthcare to education, a WINTER 2018


2018 Women of Distinction take a moment to enjoy the photo booth at the Aug. 2 celebration. Photo credit: Sydney Warner

director, producer and performer with the Magic Circle Theatre and the only three-time Montrose mayor. Dickinson said jokingly she had the latter role three times because it took her that long to get familiar with the job. Maddox credited Dickinson’s motivation as influential. She cited a story about Dickinson trying to receive money for her home health care agency. Initially, a banker said he would agree to give her funds if only she had her husband co-signed the paperwork. Instead of complaining, she marched over to the banker’s competitor and received the money with only her name on the piece of paper.

“It’s inspiring and scary at the same time that just 45 years ago, I could not walk into a bank and get a loan on my own,” said Maddox. When Dickinson was awarded the lifetime achievement, she walked to the stage to a thunderous standing ovation. “I want to thank (my late husband) Ted Dickinson who brought me to this lovely, lovely community and to my three daughters and their families who have supported me,” Dickinson said during her speech. “And to Magic Circle Players, they took me when I didn’t know a ding-dang thing about directing a play. But I did!”

She went on to also recognize the residents and friends who helped her along the way. “I have been the beneficiary of your love and your care and my success is due to you,” Dickinson said. “And I thank you.” Veitch felt humbled to not only win, but be named one of the 26 women honored this year. “I’m just stunned,” Veitch said. “That group of women is so amazing. It’s such an honor to be included in that group.”

DAILY PRESS WELCOMES NEW MANAGING EDITOR A commitment to community journalism, as well as the community of Montrose itself, drew Texas native Justin Tubbs to the Montrose Daily Press. Tubbs, formerly the general manager and editor for The Ennis Daily News of Ennis, Texas, began as managing editor for the Montrose Daily Press in August. “The fact that the Montrose Daily Press is an award-winning newspaper means it’s doing something right. I want to bring maybe just a little more structure,” Tubbs said. “I have experience in management, but mostly, I think I can do a lot of different things and I think that’s how I can help the paper.” 18


Tubbs, who attended Texas Christian University, is skilled in print and digital platforms. He began his journalism career at the Ennis Daily News as a staff writer covering police, local government and sports. Later, as the paper’s news editor, he managed staff, designed pages and continued writing. As the Texas paper’s general manager, Tubbs also supervised and trained the sales force, while continuing to manage the newsroom, edit and design. “I am thrilled to have such a versatile journalist and manager lead this awardwinning newsroom,” Montrose Daily Press Publisher Tonya Maddox said.

“Justin’s understanding and appreciation for community journalism is what initially attracted us to him. Moreover, his passion for improving upon traditional print newspapers and incorporating new media was the deciding factor for us.” Tubbs said community journalism is especially important to communities that aren’t necessarily served by larger publications or networks. Additionally, the industry is changing, he said. “We want to keep the focus on doing good journalism. We want to keep bringing news to readers on other platforms, making news accessible to as many as possible,” Tubbs said.

From left, Senior Writer Katharhynn Heidelberg, Design Editor Shaun Gibson, then-Managing Editor Matt Lindberg and News Editor Monica Garcia, in April display the Daily Press’ General Excellence and Editorial Sweepstakes awards from the Colorado Press Association, for work the previous year.

DAILY PRESS WINS GENERAL EXCELLENCE, NEWS AWARDS The Montrose Daily Press marked the beginning of the first-ever Colorado Journalism Week this year on a high note April 14, when it won 19 Colorado Press Association awards, as well as the sweepstakes awards for editorial content and General Excellence in its circulation class, which includes 11 newspapers.

editorial division and General Excellence for overall performance.

“The Montrose Daily Press newsroom team works hard every single day to be a reliable and trustworthy media organization we can be proud of,” (former) Managing Editor Matt Lindberg said.

• Best Agricultural Story, Staff Writer Andrew Kiser for “Tuxedo Corn employees.”

“I am proud of our accomplishments and hope our community is, too.” The Daily Press competed in Class 6, for small dailies. Individual writers earned awards in multiple news categories. Each first-place award was worth two points toward the sweepstakes and General Excellence awards; each individual second-place award scored one point. Sweepstakes awards were handed out in each circulation class in three divisions: editorial; photo and design, and advertising. General Excellence went to the paper whose combined point tally was the highest. With nearly 20 awards, including nine first-place showings, the Daily Press snagged both the sweepstakes in the

First-place individual awards were: • Best News Story, Matt Lindberg, for “Game-changer.” • Public Service, Senior Writer Katharhynn Heidelberg, for “Homeless.”

• Best Story/Picture Combination, Heidelberg and former Daily Press photographer Paul Hurschmann for “DMEA linemen.” • Best Deadline News Reporting, Heidelberg, for “Shooting injures teen.” • Best Serious Column Writing, Lindberg, for “I’ll stand, thank you” and “Great teachers deserve praise.”

racism as highlighted by the neoNazi violence last year in Charlottesville, and crowd behavior at a Scott Tipton town hall in Montrose. The award went to past and present editorial board members: Publisher Tonya Maddox, Lindberg, Heidelberg and former news editors Lindsey (Kroskob) Ellis and Tessa Cheek. • Best Sports Story, Lindberg, for “New era for Montrose football.” • Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature, Heidelberg, for “Tackling barriers.” • Best Sports Event Story, Kiser, for “Marauders.” • Best Business News/Feature Story, Lindberg, for “DDA’s run may end.” • Public Service, Heidelberg, “Guarding against grooming.”


• Best Investigative Story Package, Heidelberg, for “Guarding against grooming.”

• Best Agricultural Story, Heidelberg, for “State blesses hemp company’s move.”

• Best News Page Design, Lindberg, for “Who pays?”

• Best Story/Picture Combination, Heidelberg and Hurschmann, for “Who helps heroes’ families?”

• Best Health Enterprise/Feature Story, Lindberg, for “Dream becomes reality.” Second-place individual awards were: • Best Editorial Writing, for editorials about Steve Bannon’s corrosive effect on journalism and democracy;

• Best Deadline News Reporting, Heidelberg, for “Sexual assault suspect is former lawman.” • Best Investigative Story Package, Heidelberg, for “Sheriff takes down sex offender registry.” WINTER 2018



The Nogales International and its reporters won a total of 17 journalism awards, including eight first-place prizes, in the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced Oct. 6 at the conclusion of the ANA Fall Convention. The NI competed in the division for non-dailies with a circulation under 3,500, with judging by the Utah Newspapers Association. The competition included work produced from May 2017 though April 2018. In the collective categories, the NI won first place in Editorial Page Excellence, as well as in Special Sections for its Graduations 2017 feature. The paper also took third place in General Excellence, as well as in Reporting and Newswriting Excellence. In the individual categories, former reporter Kendal Blust won first place in Best Sustained Coverage or Series for her coverage of the  murder trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired his

gun through the border fence in Nogales and killed a 16-year-old youth in Mexico. Blust also took second place in Investigative Reporting for a pair of stories on discipline and the perception of double standards at the Nogales Police Department. She was the thirdplace prizewinner in Best Sports Story for a profile of a girls cross-country runner emerging from the shadow of her older sister, who had been a fourtime state champion. Former reporter Arielle Zionts and managing editor Jonathan Clark shared two awards, including a firstplace prize in Best Team, Sport or Sports Beat Coverage for a package of stories on the Nogales High School baseball team’s state championship run in 2017.  Clark and Zionts also shared a thirdplace award in Best News Story for "NPD officer killed by suspected carjacker" and "Suspect's carjacking spree began east of town."

Zionts was the first-place winner in Best News Photograph for her shot of a courtroom arrest. She also won the top prize in Best Feature Photograph for her front-page portrait of local resident Lester Williams in “Every day is dress-up day for Nogales man.” Clark won first and second place in Best Column, Analysis or Commentary, and won first place in Best Feature Photo Layout or Photo Story with a package of photographs from the 2017 Día de los Muertos celebration in Nogales. Blust finished second in the same category with "Hard at work in Santa Cruz County,” a photo essay depicting people performing different jobs in the area. In the Best Sports Photograph category, Clark finished second with a shot of the 2017 state champion baseball team from NHS taking a victory lap through the city, and came in third with a photo of a cross-country runner sprinting past an opponent at the finish line.


NI publisher Manuel C. Coppola is flanked by ad reps Maria Castillo, left, and Olivia Leyva as they display some of the toys the paper collected for local charitable organizations. Photo by Jonathan Clark

Coppola delivers some of the gifts to Dora Taddey, president of the Nogales-based nonprofit Giving Turtle program, which distributes toys to children in need at Christmastime. Photo by Nick Phillips


My name is Nick and I am the new reporter for the Nogales International. I am excited to report from from both sides of the border, telling the big and small stories that make Nogales unique. Although Nogales puts me near the international boundary, I am glad to be living in the United States again. I spent the past two years in Buenos Aires, where I worked as an English teacher and marketing copywriter and got my start as a freelance 20


journalist covering a mix of stories, including Argentina’s recent deal with the International Monetary Fund. Before moving to Argentina, I earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies and economics. My senior thesis took me to the United Kingdom to study a growing social movement. I moved away from my hometown of Boston soon after graduating.

Nick Phillips joined the staff of the Nogales International as a general assignment reporter on Dec. 11. Photo by Jonathan Clark

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TUCSON HOLIDAY PARTY & WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE W i c k D i g i t a l • C e n t ra l D e s i g n • T h e D a i l y Te r r i t o r i a l


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Launch new and revised digital subscriptions and improve our user experience

We have redesigned all current digital subscription landing pages for a cleaner and less complex decision making for our readers.

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NEWS-SUN MANAGING EDITOR CHRIS DABOVICH WAS HONORED THIS FALL WITH INDUCTION AS A BENSON BOBCAT HONORARY ALUMNI. News-Sun managing editor named Honorary Benson Bobcat Alumni STAFF REPORT Four new members were welcomed into the Benson Unified School District family with induction this fall as Benson Bobcat Honorary Alumni members. Lois Fischer, a longtime educator at Benson Unified School District, Audrey Palma, a longtime community resident and staunch supporter of anything Benson School, Jomel Jansson, former teacher and now a longtime principal at Benson Primary School, and Chris Dabovich, longtime managing editor of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun, received induction.

A slide show accompanied each presentation with inductees afforded the opportunity to speak. Each was presented with a Benson Bobcat Alumni Association plaque, each adorned with the Benson Bobcats mascot logos and the inscription “Once a Bobcat always a Bobcat,” the term phrased by late alumni association founder Chic Maldonado. Dabovich, who has reported on school news and sports in his capacity at the News-Sun for 20 years, appreciated the gesture.

“I was impressed by the community’s support for their school when I arrived here in 1998 and that has not changed,” he said. “It’s an honor for me to just be mentioned in the conversation with my fellow honorees Lois, Audrey and Jomel.” A longtime Wick Communications employee, Dabovich has had stints with the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review and the Douglas Dispatch.


Tanja Stoddard has joined the ranks of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun in Benson. Hired in August 2018 to man the newspaper’s reception desk, Stoddard, a Benson resident since 1989, is pleased to be a member of the team. In addition to receptionist, Tanja is responsible for the newspaper’s legal and classified advertising. “I love working at the News-Sun,” said Stoddard, a mother of two daughters.

“This is a challenging job; I like learning new things. I really like the people I work with and for. ”

“We’re pleased to have Tanja on board,” said News-Sun General Manager Susan Perry.

Stoddard, a mother to two daughters, enjoys quilting, reading and chalk painting.

Tanja Stoddard joined the News-Sun team in August as the office receptionist.

SUSAN PERRY NAMED NEWS-SUN GENERAL MANAGER Susan Perry has been named general manager of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun.

The announcement was made by then News-Sun Publisher Tom Riebock and then Wick Communications Chief Operations Officer Nick Monico. Perry has worked for Wick Communications since September of 1998



when she became business manager at the News-Sun office. In addition to the general managership, Perry will will continue to work in Wick Communications’ corporate office in accounting at the company’s headquarters in Sierra Vista. Perry is a Benson High School graduate and was publisher of the Vail Sun during its two years of publication. Sue is married to Rob Perry. The couple has two children, Jessica and Emylee Perry.


Will Chapman of New Iberia, retired publisher of The Daily Iberian, was named executive director of the Louisiana Press Association in April.

“You will be hard-pressed to find a better ‘face of LPA’ with real experience in all of our relevant issues,” Forman said.

Chapman, a third-generation journalist on both sides of his family, has more than 35 years of experience with Louisiana newspapers, including small weeklies, community dailies and a large metro daily. Chapman is also a thirdgeneration former president of the Louisiana Press Association’s Board of Directors.

“Will has the understanding of legislative issues including public notice and open meetings. He has written numerous editorials and has spoken before numerous groups about the public’s right to know, about access to public documents, about freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and the responsibilities that come with those freedoms.”

He retired from Wick Communications in 2017 after more than 30 years with the family-owned newspaper group. Chapman was publisher at The Daily Iberian from 1984 until his retirement.

Chapman will bring to the LPA significant financial experience and knowhow, as he was well-known for his newspaper budgeting and financial oversight abilities.

According to a prepared statement from LPA, Chapman will assume duties on April 2. LPA Board of Directors President Garland Forman, of the Bunkie Record, said that Chapman was a natural fit.

While on the board of directors, Chapman led an LPA effort to reorganize the specifics of the LPA Advertising Service and helped lobby for relevant tax and open government legislation.


NEW ORLEANS — The Daily Iberian took home a dozen awards, including top honors for general excellence, during a June ceremony for the 2017 LPA Newspaper Competition.

vival and third place in the Best Investigative Reporting (Gibbs Adams Award) category for his story on the number of service requests from the

Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts of our newsroom staff and thrilled that they have been recognized,” said The Daily Iberian Publisher Christina Pierce. “The staff strives and succeeds in maintaining the high level of journalism that The Daily Iberian has long been known for in our community.”

Senior News Editor/Outdoors Editor Don Shoopman took first place in the Best Sports Story category for his story

Former News Reporter Dwayne Fatherree took home three awards, including earning first place in Best Breaking

Sports Editor Chris Landry also took first place in the Best Sports Photo category for his action photo of Delcambre High School hurdler Hannah Hebert during a track and field meet.

News Story category for his work on a homicide on Hopkins Street, first place for Best Feature Photo category for his work at a tent re-

on a Catholic High School graduate who bonded with her father during her senior trip, a bear hunt in Mon-


Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III also brought home four awards, includ-

ing taking third place in the Best Regular Column (Sam Hanna Award) category, third place in Best Sports Story category for his feature on the night UL Lafayette defeated ranked Texas A&M at Cajun Field, second place in Best Sports Column category and second place in the Best Layout and Design (Gary Hebert Award) category. The Daily Iberian also took home a third-place award in the Best Special Section category for its 20 Under 40 edition, was awarded second place for Freedom of Information Award category and was awarded first place in the General Excellence category. The Daily Iberian competed in Division II, which is for daily newspapers with a circulation between 3,000 and 20,000.




America’s community newspapers began in Boston on Sept. 25, 1690, with the publication of Publick Occurrences: Both Foreign and Domestic by Benjamin Harris. Intended for monthly publication, the first newspaper was three printed pages with one blank page for private correspondence. Unfortunately, the local authorities considered this publication, “Without the least Privacy or Countenance of Authority” and containing “affections of a very high nature: As also sundry doubtful and uncertain Reports.” As a result, an immediate ban on publication was issued and a second edition was never produced. It was not until 1704 that a second, more successful, newspaper appeared. The Daily Iberian can trace its roots back to 1893, when it published its first issue on Feb. that year. S.P. Watts was its first editor and in that first issue wrote, “It will be our endeavor to give a faithful chronology of the daily happenings of the city of New Iberia, the land known as the Attakapas, and the general news of the whole country.” In the first issues that February, Watts wrote several editorials about the need to improve roads in the area around New Iberia. “… On the road leading to St. Martinville is a mud hole that is impassable, persons coming to the place, must of necessity turn to seek another road to town. This should not be allowed to remain there.” Apparently, the more we change the more we remain the same.

Since those early days, there have been thousands of community newspapers published throughout the United States. Today, the distinguishing characteristic of a community newspaper is its commitment to serving the information needs of a particular community. The community is defined by the community’s members and a shared sense of belonging. Despite the emergence of new information technologies such as the Internet, community newspapers continue to play an important role in the Information Age. More than 150 million people are informed, educated and entertained by a community newspaper every week. Moreover, the value of community newspapers continues to grow as they seek new ways to serve their readers and strengthen their communities. Although roads evidently will always be in the news, the team here at The Daily Iberian has been very busy seeking new ways to gather and present the news to better serve you. We are eager for you to receive your newspaper this Sunday as we roll out several changes that are aimed at delivering community news to you, with content we hope you will love and in a more aesthetically pleasing format.

food and drink unique to us. We will be including lists such as five things to do this weekend. We will be writing more articles in a question and answer format. All of these changes are things we believe you want to see. We know without a doubt that an informed community is a stronger community. Our mission remains the same — to strengthen the Teche Area by informing, connecting, and celebrating the community. We sincerely hope you enjoy the changes and we are looking forward to any feedback you would like to share with us.

We’ve cleaned up the design and given it a modern look. We will be including profiles of local business leaders, religious leaders and the folks who make

THE DAILY IBERIAN UNVEILS REDESIGN IN NOVEMBER WEEKEND PROFILE: Singer feels the energy when she performs, Page A3


ST. MARTINVILLE — The city of St. Martinville wanted to provide a casual environment in a gorgeous setting for its veterans in commemoration of the Veterans Day weekend and did just that at LongfellowEvangeline Historic State Park. For local military veterans, it was an event

they welcomed after city government stopped putting on veterans events for the holiday. St. Martinville Mayor Melinda Mitchell, who was present Saturday, said honoring local veterans past and present was something she wanted to bring back for the city. “The last time we had one was 2012 to my knowledge, so as the new mayor it was something I wanted to

The reaction from the general public has been overwhelmingly positive which is best summarized by an email sent to Pierce in the week following the relaunch. “Hi, Christina. Really like the new format with emphasis on local news. Now a true hometown newspaper! We can get our national news online or on TV. Have been a subscriber for many decades, and I am really excited about what is happening with “our” local newspaper. Thanks so much. Ron Cutrera.”


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Veteran Perry Washington speaks to colleagues at the event. Saturday in St. Martinville. According to St. Martinville Mayor Melinda Mitchell, it was the first Veterans Day event in the city since 2012.

do,” Mitchell said. “We wanted to honor and remember our veterans and the vets that have passed. “We also wanted the children to learn the stories, visualize and hopefully recruit in the future.” The event, which was held with the help of American Legion Post 419, featured a short

■ Iberia Veterans Association event at 6 p.m. today at the gazebo in Bouligny Plaza




IPC taking close, final look at the 2019 budget



Eleven veterans get certificates at Azalea event






1. Cupcake decorating at the Parish Library Gunnery Sgt. Adrian Lynch engages in some banter with one of the military veterans honored Friday at the Azalea Es-


tates Assisted Living Facility in advance of today’s Veterans Day celebration.


Although shivering slightly in chilly weather on Saturday morning, Epiphany Day School students were outside the school for its second annual Color Run. Organizer Ashley Lipari said the event is held annually to raise money for EDS. The Color Run also has been a hit with EDS students and their parents. “This is our second year and last year was such a big thing,” Lipari said. “The kids loved it. Parents, grandparents all come out and enjoy it.” The run featured a desCOREY VAUGHN / THE DAILY IBERIAN Day School. The fundraising event was be- ignated 1-mile course that was untimed, creating ing held for the second year.

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The Iberia Parish Library teams up with The Frosted Apron for cupcake decorating from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Parkview Branch, 500 Grand Pre Blvd. Holiday stories will be told while children make their own wintry cupcake. Eligible ages are 5 to 12. Call 364-7024 to register or online at Iberia.evanced. info/signup.



Color pods were set out for the participants to choose from Saturday morning before the Color Run at Epiphany Day School. a more casual run than most local programs. Registration started at 9 a.m. and the run took off at 9:30. After registering in

and getting the bottles of coloring equipment, the children lined up on Jefferson Street and sprintSEE COLORFUL, PAGE A7




2. Parish council to act on fiscal budget After weeks of discussion, the Iberia Parish Council will vote to approve the fiscal budget for the new year at a 6 p.m. meeting Wednesday at the Iberia Parish Courthouse. The IPC also will vote on a resolution authorizing travel expenses for one council member to attend the 2019 NACO Legislative Conference scheduled to be held March 2-6 in Washington, D.C., at a total cost of $2,500 per attendee.


3. Lighting up holiday with event in Franklin The city of Franklin once again will celebrate Christmas Under the Lampposts at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, with the parade starting lineup at 5 p.m. from Main to Wilson Streets to the Courthouse Square. For more call 828-6345 or email ashields@franklin-la.com.



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TODAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY When Iberia Parish residents to pass a recentSunny ¾-cent sales A 30 percent failed Mostly sunny with a Sunny with Partly sunny to fund chance of rain.tax with a highroad near maintenance high near 57. a high near with a high near it meant parish winds govMostly cloudyprojects, 56. North wind theNortheast 63 becoming 68 and a 20 with a high near 10 to would 15 mph.have around mph. partly cloudy at percent chance ernment to find5 other 77. South windways 5 with gusts as Clearthan at night night with a low of showers. Low to maintain more 400 to 15 mph. mileshigh as 20 mph. in with of 40. around 49. of 52 at night. of roadways the low unincorporated areas of the parish. This week, residents will find Christina Pierce out what the unintended consePublisher Q&A: CATHY INDEST | ICRA DIRECTOR quences of their votes will be. christina.pierce@daily-iberian.com JAMES D. SMITH / DALLAS COWBOYS The Iberia Parish Council will Lionel Vital takes notes during a NFL Draft war room session as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. be making its final pass through The former Loreauville High star currently serves as Director of College Scouting for the team and the 2019 budget Wednesday night, has been an NFL scout for nearly three decades. with the administration presenting its solution for a $475,000 budgetary hole. Council members voted to move that amount from the District 10 Road Maintenance fund back to the parish’s RoyRaymond Partsch III alty fund to meet bond payment Managing Editor commitments. raymond.partsch@daily-iberian.com The Royalty fund, which is where revenues from mineral and gas royalties are placed, has been the only real source of revenue for road projects in the parish for decades, a problem the road maintenance tax would have solved. There are additional funds – from state sources, federal grants and Justin Bourque other entities – but those are usuCirculation Manager ally for specific projects and for a justin.bourque@daily-iberian.com limited amount of time. Many of those funds also require a local match in order to be granted. The problem, however, is that COREY VAUGHN / THE DAILY IBERIAN a Resources slowdown in Royalty fundCathy rev- Indest says event-goers can Iberia Cultural Association Director not the only challenge expect to getenues into theisholiday spirit this afternoon at the ICRA’s annual ‘Sounds of the facing current administration. Season’ concert at St.the Peter’s Catholic Church. BY RAYMOND PARTSCH III A perfect storm of economic isDon Shoopman THE DAILY IBERIAN sues has made keeping the parish Senior News Editor budget on the rails a full-contact don.shoopman@daily-iberian.com ARLINGTON — Lionel Vital never sport. wanted to be a scout — in fact he actually turned down offers to take Royalty first scouting jobs. Yet in nearly a threeWhen oil money was coming in, decade career, Vital has become one funding road work and other capiof the most respected scouts in the tal projects from the Royalty fund National Football League. Vital’s of many interesting BY COREY VAUGHN in the program. was easy. Administrations spent career is proof that as the old Rolling individuals from New THE DAILY IBERIAN We are having a money, and each quarter another Stones’ lyric goes, “you can’t always Iberia. Because of her wonderful Patrons Party Chris Landry steadily reget what you want, but sometimes you workup, and relentless “Sounds ofcheck the would show at Doc Voorhies’ house Sports Editor plenishing get what you need.” efforts, spent. our community Season,” Iberia Culturalthe money following the “Sounds chris.landry@daily-iberian.com T hat a l l cha nged when t he “For me it always seems to be that has a library of audio Resources Association’s of the Season” concert recordingswas of people annual Christmas Romero administration leav- who and you can come to the way,” Vital said. “Things you try not experienced much and concert, willing be held atat 3 the party even if you have office end of 2015. What to do you get, and things you try to do our p.m. today at St. Peter’s not filled in the form yet many thoughtinfluenced then was a lives. seayou don’t get,” Vital said. “It just took Aline Catholic Church. or have filled in the form, sonal downturn Mrs. in Gulf oilPorter activme awhile to figure that out is all.” utilized her knowledge ICRA Director Cathy but have not RSVP’d of accounting Indest says the 10-year before the concert. SEE SCOUT, PAGE A4 SEE IPC,and PAGE A2 meticulous maintaining Delicious food and drinks anniversary will our association’s honor past members of will be served and all Vicky Branton UP with NEXT FOR THE IPC VITAL BY THE NUMBERS financial records the ICRA, along will be able to start off Teche Life Editor provide quality music to for many years. She the holiday season. techelife.editor@daily-iberian.com Number of world titles Vital has won was also an avid and local residents for free. • WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday. as a player and scout. 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Catholic High running back Trey Henry (4) takes a handoff from quarterback Trey Amos (3) during the Panthers’ 48-0 win over St.


Thomas Aquinas Friday in the first round of the Division III state playoffs. The game was played at New Iberia Senior High.

Successful start Henry, defense lead CHS into second round B Y NEAL MCCLELLAND

way as No. 6 seed CHS used a strong running game and an ever stronger defensive effort to roll past No. 11 seed STA 480. The Panthers advance to the second round and a date with No. 3 seed Dunham Friday. Trey Henry rushed for 142 yards and four touchdowns and the CHS defense kept the visiting Falcons out of the end zone and set up three offensive scores for the season sweep of STA by a combined 111-7 score. “We started out sluggish and put the ball on the ground a couple of times and that just

aggravates the hell out of me,” CHS coach Bent Indest said. “They came up and loaded the line of scrimmage and it took us a few plays to figure out what they were doing. “They gave us the weakside edge and we started running Trey (Amos) and a little quarterback sweep to the weakside to answer them and they just started giving us everything else. It was a matter of finding out what they were giving us and we took advantage after that.” While Henry had the most

productive offensive night for CHS, it was the defense that started the ball rolling. On STA’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Ryan Dawsey fumbled the snap from center and it was pounced on by Nicholas Borne, giving the Panthers the ball at the Falcon 18-yard line. Three plays later, Amos sneaked in from the 3-yard line and the Panthers led 7-0 after Nick Boutte’s PAT. It only got worse from there SEE CHS, PAGE A13



Westgate receiver Kayshon Boutte (1) heads upfield against a pair of Plaquemine defenders during the Tigers’ 56-35 win in the first round of the playoffs Friday in Plaquemine. Boutte returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and had 11 catches for 169 yards in the win.

PLAQUEMINE — Kayshon Boutte thought he was down. The four-star LSU commitment from Westgate tripped as he caught the kickoff inches away from the left sideline, thinking if he didn’t step out of bounds the oncoming defender surely had him tackled. No one was more surprised than he was when there were no whistles on the play. A juke move and 93 yards later and Boutte was celebrating his third touchdown of the night in the end zone. Little did he know it was only the beginning. No. 25 Westgate won its first

playoff game since 2013 Friday night in a 56-35 upset of No. 8 Plaquemine on the Green Devils’ home turf. While the score may suggest the game was a blowout in favor of the Tigers, it wasn’t until Boutte’s explosive return late in the third quarter that Westgate found any real distance on the scoreboard. Up until that point Plaquemine and the Tigers were in a neck-and-neck game as the Green Devils made it a one-score affair with a 16-yard touchdown run by Melvin McClay. But Boutte’s return served as the deciding momentum shift SEE WESTGATE, PAGE A13

St. Martinville beats Franklinton 55-42 BY RAYMOND PARTSCH III THE DAILY IBERIAN

ST. MARTINVILLE — The playoff drought is over in St. Martinville. With Friday’s 55-42 victory over No. 30 Franklinton, No. 3 St. Martinville Senior High earned its first playoff victory in seven years, the first playoff win for Vince DeRouen as head coach of the Tigers, and the program’s first home playoff win since 2006. “It definitely feels good,” DeRouen said. “I am excited for the kids. I am excited for the school and the community. They put in the work and they definitely deserve it. I am definitely pleased.” SEE ST. MARTINVILLE, PAGE A13

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St. Martinville QB Markavon Williams (8) fakes a handoff to Travien Benjamin (13) before running against Franklinton Friday at SMSH.

Louisiana Tech 28, Rice 13

RUSTON — Jaqwis Dancy rushed for a career-high three touchdowns and Adrian Hardy recorded a career-high 10 receptions to lead Louisiana Tech past Rice in Conference USA action Saturday night at Joe Aillet Stadium. Tech overcame a night that saw it commit three turnovers – two J’Mar Smith interceptions and a fumble on a quarterback-running back exchange – as the Bulldogs improved to 7-3 on the season, 5-1 in Conference USA play. “A couple guys stepped up and did some big things for us tonight,” LA Tech head coach Skip Holtz said. “This was not a pretty game. It got ugly at times. I’ll take some of the blame for that. We wanted to slow the game down a bit and execute at a high level, and that’s not really how we play. We had to fight through some foolish things in the first half.” Collin Scott recorded two interceptions and L’Jarius Sneed registered one for a Bulldog defense that allowed the Owls (1-9, 0-7) to score just one touchdown in the game, a 68-yard pass from Shawn Stankavage to Austin Walter on the first possession of the third quarter. The score gave the Owls a 10-7 lead before Tech outscored Rice 21-3 the rest of the way. “It wasn’t always pretty, but I’m proud that they were able to find a way to get a win,” said Holtz. “I thought our cover teams did a decent job for a team that is leading our league in punt returns and kick returns. I think we pretty much held them to no punt return yards. I thought we did a decent job on the kick returns. The defense played hard. They played smart. They played a solid football game.” With temperatures dipping below 40 on a cold night in north Louisiana, the Bulldogs improved to 7-0 when leading at halftime this season. Tech held a 7-3 lead at the break thanks to an 11-yard Dancy run with 3:02 to play in the second quarter. The run capped a 12-play, 63yard scoring drive that took 5:51 off the clock as Dancy covered the final 29 yards on the ground. The Owls wasted little time in retaking the lead in the third quarter. Stankavage found Walter down the far sideline. Walter made the over-the-shoulder catch, broke the tackle of James Jackson, and raced the final 30 yards to pay-dirt. It was the longest pass play of the season allowed by Tech.

SATURDAY Partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. High near 73. Low near 68.


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ity stretched into the spring of 2016, and is still hanging over the Gulf Coast. For example, Iberia Parish received more than $ 2.3 million in royalty payments in 2 015. T h at nu mb er dropped to $1.1 million in 2016, and less than $900,000 in 2017. Some gover n ment watchers have pointed out that at the end of 2015, there was still a fund balance of approximately $12 million. That number is misleading, though. The Royalty fund is committed to several bond pay ments, including the parish’s previously passed road mai ntena nce bonds and $6 million in new bonds for bridge repair and replacement — a project now coming to completion. It also commits the parish to bond payments until 2027. The Royalty fund is also a source of money for drainage projects and, in the past, other “lawful purposes as may be necessary,” according to the parish’s budget document. The council voted to put money moved into the road maintenance fund during the 2019 budget discussion back into the Royalty fund because of the legal requirement to make bond payments

which are taken from t he f u nd. P rojec tions showed that if the money was spent elsewhere, the parish could have come up short on its bond payments from the Royalty fund at the end of the 2019 fiscal year. T he Roya lt y f u nd is not the only one hurting.

Dropping residents, businesses Even a s t he pa r ish fights to keep the same level of service it has provided in years past, it is doing so for a smaller number of residents. The latest U.S. C en su s d at a shows Iberia Parish’s population at just above 72,000, which is down 1.5 percent since the last census in 2010. The parish has also seen a big drop in revenue from occupational licenses. In 2015, the parish received just over $800,000 in fees from the business licences. This year, the projection is for $660,000 by the end of 2018. Aside from the $140,000 drop, it is an indicator of a drop in commercial activity, which affects sales tax, employment, and consumer spending in the parish. A positive sign has been the stability of t he pa rish’s ad vaSEE XXX, PAGE A8

Association be honoring this year?

At the 10th anniversary celebration of “Sounds of the Season,” we will be honoring three special ladies who were former board members of the Iberia Cultural Resources Association: Dianne Landry, Claire Mire and Aline Porter. As one of our present board members, Bryan Gautreaux described them, “Our honorees had a keen awareness of the significance of our culture and history. Each had a unique perspective for preserving our treasures.” Mrs. Dianne Landry recognized colorful facts and personalities





Looking at sports leftovers


is the weekend for sports leftovers. The three days after the Thanksgiving holiday are always a time to enjoy the leftovers from Thursday’s excessively large meal — a feast that usually requires wearing stretchy pants during and after dinner. My personal favorite is making sandwiches from the leftover fried turkey. In the sports world, the weekend right after Turkey Day is also a time for a slew of football games (usually rivalry games), and college and pro basketball premier matchups. This holiday weekend though also gave us something a little extra so here are a few leftover from the week that was in the sporting world. The Mad Hatter’s return to the sidelines started off the week. After days of speculation, the Kansas Jayhawks RAYMOND officially PARSCH III announced on Monday that they had hired Les Miles to a fiveyear contract. The man who led LSU to the 2007 BCS National Championship, and an appearance in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, returns to the Big 12 Conference where he first made a splash as a head coach when he built Oklahoma State (which had one winning season in 12 years before his arrival) into a consistent winner, and a team that could beat big brother Oklahoma. Yes, Miles’ tenure with the Tigers ended in too many losses to Alabama, and for that matter Arkansas, and he seemingly found a way to waste NFL talent by only winning eight to nine games, and refused to adapt to new offensive play calling. It was time for a change in Baton Rouge but we can all agree that the way it was handled was a botch job at best. That said, KU is the perfect fit for Miles. The university is not paying the famed 65-year-old grass eater $2,775,000 annually to win Big 12 titles and compete for spots in the College Football Playoff. That is going to happen. The program has had one winning season or reached a bowl game only once since 2008. KU Athletic Director Jeff Long is paying him to bring respectability, credibility and national exposure to a program that has been one of the worst in the FBS level the past decade. Oh, and he can also recruit with the best of them, and he is going to give a ton of reps to freshman running back and Louisiana native Pooka Williams. Expect that kid to be an All-Big 12 player for the next two seasons. KU is the laughing stock of the league and Miles will quickly (say two years) into a six or seven win team that goes to bowl games. For a basketball school with a terrible football program that is the equivalent of winning a national title. Plus, we get more Mad Hatter pressconference ramblings, which is something we should all treasure. The Monday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams was an instant classic. The insanity consisted of 105 total points scored, the first time in NFL history that one team scored 50 points or more and lost, and we got to see two offensive genius play callers square off — and neither blinked. It was a Madden video game set on beginner level with a large dose of meth. It is also the future of the league. With the


Catholic High School quarterback Trenayvian Amos (3) leapfrogs a Country Day defender during the Panthers’ come-from-behind win in the Division III semifinals Saturday in Metairie.

CATHOLIC HIGH SET FOR CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH Panthers hold off last-minute onside kick to beat Country Day 57-54 BY NEAL MCCLELLAND THE DAILY IBERIAN

METAIRIE — Trey Amos rushed for 315 yards and six touchdowns and Trey Henry added 195 yards and two touchdowns as Catholic High survived a second half rally from Country Day to beat the Cajuns 57-54 Saturday in the Division IV semifinals Saturday. With the win, the Panthers advance to the Division III Championship against Notre Dame in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome on Thursday, Dec.6. The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Cajuns, who, behind quarterback Justin Ibieta’s 409 yards and five touchdowns passing,

rallied to take the a 42-29 lead in the fourth quarter before CHS rallied with less than five minutes left to reclaim the lead. Still, Country Day had a final chance to win when the Cajuns tried to recover an onside kick with less than a minute left, but the Panthers ended up with the ball and were able to run out the clock with the win. “We’re resilient,” CHS coach Brent Indest said. “That’s the best way to say it. We were resilient tonight and it turned out to be enough for us.” The heroes for CHS were Amos and Henry, who combined for nore than 500 yard rushing. “Amos was a stallion tonight,” Indest said. “We

really don’t use him a lot during the season because we don’t need him. But when we need him, we ride him like Secretariat. That’s who he is, he’s our Secretariat.” The two teams went back and forth at each other for the whole game. Neither CHS nor Country Day could take control of the game. Catholic High kept running the ball for touchdowns and Ibieta kept throwing touchdown passes for the Cajuns. “What you saw tonight was two different types of quarterbacks, each using their skills to lead their teams,”

RUN VS. PASS Catholic High quarterback Trey Amos and running back Trey Henry combined for more than 500 yards on the ground in the Panthers’ semifinal win over Country Day Saturday to counter a 400-yard, fiveTD game by Cajuns QB Justin Ibieta.



St. Martinville comes up just shy of semifinal berth BY RAYMOND PARTSCH III THE DAILY IBERIAN


St. Martinville defensive back Xavier Kately (12) covers Leesville receiver Darius Sawyer (22) during a Class 4A football playoff quarterfinal game Friday at SMSH.

ST. MARTINVILLE — Less than two minutes. To be more precise, one minute and 53 seconds, is the amount of time that stood between St. Martinville Senior High and a berth in the Class 4A state semifinals. The Tigers hadn’t advanced that far in the playoffs since 2002 — when future LSU star and NFL player Early Doucet suited up for the

purple and gold. So after Travien Benjamin powered his way into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown run — his fifth rushing score of the night — it appeared that the Tigers were bound for the semifinals. But when the horn sounded inside Tiger Stadium Friday night, it was the visiting Leesville Wampus Cats who were celebrating a trip to the semifinals with a stunSEE ST. MARTINVILLE, PAGE B8


Franklin has much to build on after reaching quarters BY DON SHOOPMAN THE DAILY IBERIAN

FRANKLIN — Friday night’s Class 2A quarterfinal state playoff game, a lopsided contest, left one coach looking ahead to the next Friday and another head coach looking ahead to 2019. Tremayne Johnson, Franklin Senior High School’s first-year head coach, was as proud of what his players accomplished in a history-making season, reaching the third round of the

postseason for the first time in school history, as Amite High School head coach Zephaniah Powell was of his Warriors, who effectively took the hometown crowd out of the game on the first play of the game and never looked back on the way to a 48-0 victory over the Hornets. “We have more work to do,” Powel l s a id , a mon g ot her JEFF JORDAN / THE DAILY IBERIAN FILES things, in his post-game talk with the Warriors. Franklin tailback Jarius Boyd (23) takes the ball upfield as Later, asked i f his squad quarterback Zariq Perry during a second-round playoff game against Kinder on Nov. 16. The Hornets fell to Amite SEE FRANKLIN, PAGE B13 48-0 Friday in a quarterfinal game at J.C. Dry Stadium.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —LSU built a 24-3 lead through three quarters and held off Arkansas in the closing minutes to keep “The Golden Boot” in Baton Rouge, 24-17, on a chilly Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. LSU (8-2, 5-2 SEC) won its eighth game for the 19thstraight season. Arkansas, which scored its two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting, fell to 2-8 overall and 0-6 in SEC play. Despite several starters who weren’t able to play or left the game with injuries, the Tigers dominated play for the better part of three quarters. Arkansas gained 125 of its 216 yards in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 15 of 21 passes for 195 with a 40-yard touchdown to Justin Jefferson, who had a career effort with six grabs and 117 yards. Running backs Nick Brossette (23 rushes, 90 yards) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (17 rushes, 56 yards) scored touchdowns of 12 and 13 yards, respectively. LSU out-rushed Arkansas, 164-16. LSU held the ball for 35:47 and had a 359-216 advantage in total offense. The Tigers were 5-of-14 on third down, while holding Arkansas to 2-of-12. Safety Grant Delpit led LSU with six tackles, a sack and two pass breakups.


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Iberians Help the Helpers program gets underway

nizations. The program allows local residents to directly contribute to those needing the most help in the Teche Area by giving money to the nonprofit organizations

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Two months ago, when Catholic High played St. Thomas Aquinas in the third week of the regular season, the Panthers scored 21 first quarter points on the way to a 63-7 win over the Falcons. Friday night, when the two teams met again in the first round of the LHSAA Division III playoffs, Catholic High again scored 21 points in the first quarter, but didn’t need to add another 42 the rest of the








Honoring those who served

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The Daily Iberian salutes area’s leaders in healthcare.


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Oliver Williams serves as a volunteer at Iberia Medical Center, helping those who need help as they face the challenges of human frailty. But on Friday, the resident of Azalea Estates Assisted Living Facility was honored for his service as a young man, a crew member on the USS Hutchins, a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. Williams and 10 other Azalea Estates veterans were given certificates of appreciation for their service to our country in honor of Veterans Day, which we celebrate today. “These men did not fight because they wanted to,” U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Adrian Lynch, who emceed the ceremony, said. “They fought because they were called.” The issuing of certificates to the vet-

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Arkin further added, "The team in New Iberia has done a great job not just with the design but with the content changes. There is so much more information for readers now, from front page rails of things to do this weekend to profiles of chefs and church leaders. It was a fun project to do with a great group of journalists."

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A few of the highlights of the Iberian’s redesign dealt with a new masthead, and new look, for the front page, the debut of a rail item that highlights upcoming events for the weekend and the coming week, the return of a seven-day weather forecast on Page A2, a new push for Q&A centerpieces (alternative storytelling) on our speciality pages (Food & Drink, Business, Faith, etc.), placing an emphasis on utilizing pull-out boxes to draw readers into a story, as well as the standard elements used in most redesigns such as new fonts for body copy, headlines and photo cutlines.

"The redesign in New Iberia not only advanced the design of the newspaper but also offered readers a lot of new content,” Arkin said. “And the content really matched to what readers wanted more of — profiles on community members, things to do and more."

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The daily newspaper unveiled its new redesigned look on Sunday, Nov. 25. Daily Iberian Publisher Christina Pierce and Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III worked for nearly two months with design consultant David Arkin about what could be done to give the award-winning Teche Area newspaper a new and more modern look — with a strong emphasis on providing local news content.



The Daily Iberian debuted a fresh and modern look this November.





The Daily Iberian welcomed back two former employees. Dwayne Fatherree rejoined The Daily Iberian newsroom as a news reporter this November. Fatherree, who graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then known USL) in 1995, has an extensive background as a hard-hitting investigative reporter. Fatherree has worked for The Daily World in Opelousas, The Baton Rouge Advocate, The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Nola.com, NewOrleans.com and Acadiana television stations KATC and KADN. Fatherree’s lengthy career also includes two previous stints with The Daily Iberian in 2014 and then again from 2016 to 2017. “It is great being able to pick up and follow the stories that I am already familiar with,” Fatherree said. “I get



to finish some stories that I left undone when I was here before and get to tackle some investigative pieces.” Tangi Gary returned to The Daily Iberian in August as a editorial clerk. Gary had previously worked at the newspaper from 2001 to 2003 — first in classifieds and then later as a production assistant. Gary now works in a role that is part production and part editorial as she builds pages, handles ads, puts together the comics pages and types up obituaries, death notices, wedding announcements, divorces, births and letters to the editor.

of her parent’s pawn show Acadiana Pawn Shop. “I have really enjoyed working alongside many of the people that worked with before,” Gary said. “Plus, I really do enjoy the work.”

Prior to returning to The Daily Iberian, Gary worked as the store manager


Acadiana LifeStyle is now part of Wick Communications. Wick Communications, which owns The Daily Iberian as well as several other publications in 11 different states, purchased the monthly tabloid publication that covers shopping, entertainment and leisure across Acadiana back in July. Wick Communications President and CEO Francis L. Wick expressed his excitement about having Acadiana Lifestyle join the family-owned media company. “We’re very excited to carry on the legacy of Acadiana Lifestyle, as the employees are committed to the wellbeing of the community and the product orientation showcases the elegance and charm we call home,” Wick said. Daily Iberian Publisher Christina Pierce echoed that sentiment.



“I’ve gotten to know most of the employees at Acadiana LifeStyle over the past year and a half, and I am so excited to work to help them continue the great work they do in our community,” Pierce, who will serve as publisher for both properties, said. Acadiana LifeStyle debuted in November 1987 and publishes monthly to thousands of readers living and working in the parishes of Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. In addition to its monthly issue, Acadiana LifeStyle also publishes several locally appealing products including: Discover Iberia, the Official Community Resource Guide; Acadiana Health and Wellness Resource, a comprehensive guide to medical practitioners and providers; the Festival Fun Guide, for attendees of the annual Sugar Cane Festival and Fair, and Holiday Sweepstakes, a guide featuring the best gifts for everyone on your wish list.

Acadiana LifeStyle Editor Shanna P. Dickens also expressed excitement about the acquisition. “I think that when our readers initially hear the news that Acadiana LifeStyle has been purchased by the same company that owns The Daily Iberian there may be some confusion about the companies merging,” Dickens said. “This simply isn’t the case. Acadiana LifeStyle and The Daily Iberian each serve the community in such unique ways, and neither publication intends to change that in any capacity. “Wick Communications has an incredibly esteemed reputation,” Dickens said. “The team at Acadiana LifeStyle is truly excited to see what our brand can accomplish under their ownership and with Christina Pierce at the helm as publisher.”



SIDNEY EDITOR RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD The Montana Newspaper Association awarded longtime Sidney Herald editor Bill Vander Weele with the Distinguished Service Award during the organization’s 133rd annual convention held in Billings this year. This is the first year that the Montana Newspaper Association has given out the honor that is based on service to the newspaper profession and the individual’s community involvement. “I feel extremely honored to be recognized in this fashion by my peers in Montana,” Vander Weele said. “It’s a rewarding life to be active in a small community while working in an outstanding profession.” The day prior to the ceremony, the Montana Newspaper Association board voted to name the award after William Richard “Dick” Crockford. He served on the various boards of the Montana Newspaper Association for more than three decades until his sudden death this February. Donald Lee LaBaugh, 75, of the Choteau Acantha was the other recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Vander Weele’s professional career included earning Montana Newspaper Association honors for news writing, column writing, feature writing, sports

writing, layout, special publications, feature photography and sports photography. Outside of the office, he is past president of the Sidney Kiwanis Club and still serves on the club’s board of directors. He is the Kiwanis advisor for the Sidney High School Key Club and has been voted the state’s Key Club Kiwanis Advisor of the Year on two separate occasions. He is a board member for the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. He served for more than a decade on the Learning Volun-

teers of America’s pro-literacy board. He coached Sidney High School softball team for eight years and guided them to two state tournament berths. Also at the convention, Vander Weele received a second-place honor for Best Sports Feature Story for the article, “More Than a Game,” which covered Sidney’s softball team members dedicating their season to Damon McLaughlin after the coach passed away suddenly earlier in the school year.

KELLY MILLER HAS BEEN NAMED PUBLISHER OF THE SIDNEY HERALD. “We are pleased to bring someone with Kelly’s experience to the Sidney Herald.” said Wick Communications group publisher Ken Harty.

and community. Miller is very involved in Rotary International, serving as communications chair for the Keyser, West Virginia, Rotary Club.

Miller, a 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, was most recently publisher of the Mineral Daily News Tribune, a daily owned by Gatehouse Media. She specializes in sales training and has a strong background in advertising and sales.

“I am very excited to begin working with the team at the Sidney Herald and for Wick Communications. I can’t wait to meet with the community and do all I can to make it successful,” Miller said.

The Michigan native and graduate of Western Michigan University brings a strong interest in civic organizations

“We’re grateful to have added a leader of Kelly’s capabilities to the beautiful community of Sidney and overall Wick organization,” Harty said.

“Miller’s experience, leadership and great sense of humor helps draw the best out of those around her, while maintaining a high expectation of quality content and innovative ways to help local merchants prosper.” said Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications. Miller is married to Donnie Miller, a retired Army National Guard veteran. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, on her motorcycle, golfing and also cheering for the Detroit Lions.

SANTA’S VISIT Harleigh Roth, left, and Abby O’Toole represent the Sidney Herald during Santa’s time in Sidney on Nov. 23. The Herald sponsored Santa’s time with the children as part of the community’s Christmas Stroll.

Bill Vander Weele | Sidney Herald



Sidney Herald employee and Jaycees’ member Harleigh Roth helps supervise decorating holiday cookies. Nicole Lucina | Sidney Herald


As a part of the holiday events in Sidney, the Jaycees hosted a cookie decorating event at Reynolds Market. Drawing in close to 80 participants, the event was a hit! Harleigh Roth, sales consultant for the Sidney Herald, plays a valuable role for the Sidney Jaycees. She is the chairwoman of the organization. “It was brought up last year that the Jaycees wanted to have more involvement in things going on during the Christmas Stroll,” Roth said. Last year, the event was hosted at IGA. “We decided to switch between the two stores as long as they’re willing to participate. We’re doing both stores to keep it even in the community. This was something that was fitting for us, being a community service group. It was good for us,” Roth said happily. While the Jaycees have been around for a long time, Roth said that most people don’t know the backstory. “We exist as a community betterment group. It’s an international group too, not just in the U.S.,” she added. Being the Junior Chamber of Commerce group, there is an age limit of

41. After being a part of the group you can become eligible for senatorship. “It’s based on your years of service. We have about 35-40 senators. They don’t deal with as much day to day issues compared to the active members,” Roth said. She added that the main focus of the group is giving back to the community whether its by putting on events or donating Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to families in need. While every chapter does things differently, the Sidney chapter is known for the demolition derby. “We do so much more than that,” Roth said. Taking part in things such as the Easter egg hunt with Mucho Si, the pitch, hit and run event sponsored by Major League Baseball, the punt, pass and kick event sponsored by the NFL, the Fourth of July fireworks, along with providing holiday meals, the Jaycees have their hands in a fair share of the events in town. “We provide full meals for five families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We take nominations from the community,” Roth said. Along with the meal being provided, the Jaycees also

give $100 gift cards to the families in an effort to help them buy gifts for their children. Roth noted that the families they donate to are kept anonymous out of respect for the family. Roth went on to say that while they are trying to focus on rebuilding the Sidney chapter so they are able to do more in the community. The Jaycees were founded in 1920 and was originally in Fairview. After moving to Sidney the demolition derby was founded. Roth explained that at first the derby was only open to members of the Jaycees. “Originally it was just the Jaycees that would drive. The derby opened up to community drivers in the 70’s,” she noted. “We are really trying to grow our chapter. It’s hard to do large scale events when you don’t have many people,” Roth said. “All you have to do to become a member is show interest; come to a meeting and that’s when we discuss membership dues.” Roth added that they want to remind people that they are here and what they stand for as well as the important role they play in the community. “Numbers are our biggest struggle right now,” Roth said.




BY NICOLE LUCINA | SIDNEY HERALD In 1933, a doctor’s wife named Eudora Brown Almond piloted the charge to dedicate a day for doctors. March 30 is known as National Doctors’ Day because of her. For an entire week in May, there is Teacher Appreciation Week. There are also many other days set aside to recognize certain people and occupations. So what about those who aren’t celebrated? The men and women who change people’s lives each day yet don’t fall under a title such as doctor, nurse or teacher; here at the Sidney Herald we have taken the time to honor those Everyday Heroes. On June 28, an event was hosted where all 36 nominees were awarded a certificate and recognized for being true Everyday Heroes.  From grocery store employees to public works employees, the Sidney Herald scoured the community to find the diamonds in the rough. Mail carrier Katalin Cammilleri with USPS was recognized for her upbeat personality and her cheerfulness. Loaf N Jug employee Kenny Van Horn was spotlighted as being friendly and helpful. The person who nominated him said, “I enjoy seeing him and chatting in the mornings.” Community member Janelle Lamb was recognized for how hard she works for her family. Richland Federal Credit Union employee Tess Hurley is always going above and beyond for customers was also noted during the event. IGA cashier Nicole Byrd was also recognized at the event for her kind nature and deservingness of the Everyday Heroes Award. Jeannie Dunn, who has been a longtime employee of Johnson Hardware, received her award for her sweet demeanor and helpfulness.  Kelsie Wetherelt, a cashier at Miller’s Corner, was nominated because of her cheerfulness and effort to remember regulars and what they get. James Brower from Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project was recognized for the fight he put up during the project and his passion for our community. Kodi Fischer is an EMT and was recognized for saving lives every day. Tony Vallejo, who works at McDonald’s, was nominated for his good mood and the fact that he’s willing to go the extra mile for customers as well as his ability to always be in a good mood and smiling. Richland County Commissioner Duane Mitchell was recognized during the event with his nominator saying, “He’s very selfless and wants to see everyone succeed.” Sidney Sugar’s management team member Lincoln Reisig was chosen because of his intelligence, dedication, loyalty and his hard work. Sunny’s waitress Shannon Wicks was recognized because of her friendly demeanor. “I love seeing her there when my family goes out to eat,” her nominator stated. Middle school teacher RaeAnn Klose was a part of the event as her nominator said, “I had Mrs. Klose as a teacher several years ago and she was one of my favorite teachers.” 28


Harleigh Roth of the Sidney Herald congratulates Pastor Richland Evans during the Everyday Heroes celebration held in Sidney, Montana.

The staff at Fulkerson-Stevenson’s Funeral Home was recognized for everything they do for the community and surrounding areas. “The staff at Fulkerson’s takes what should be a very sad and stressful situation and make it easier on a family.” Michael McCollum, Al McGahan, Karen Sivertson and Robb Pulver have helped the community in ways they can’t imagine. Foreman for the City of Sidney Bob Harris Jr. was also recognized as being the go to guy for fixing things. “Without him, none of the city workers would be able to do their jobs.” Reynolds is full of positive and special employees with five employees being credited Everyday Heroes awards. Carolyn Hayden, Jason Axtman, Tammie Wicorek, Harry Sorensen and Burt Godart were all spotlighted for their time at Reynolds as well as the way they interact and go above and beyond for customers. City sanitation department employee Jimmy Valnes was credited with the award due to his hard work and great attitude in the workplace. Sidney Health Center’s chaplain Richard Evans was also acknowledged at the event. “He is the person that you need when things are bad. My family really appreciates how kind and helpful Richard was.”  While she wasn’t there to receive her award, former Sidney Herald employee Ellen Wznick was chosen for the award due to her 25 years at the Herald. “She was always willing to go the extra mile for all of her customers and is greatly missed by everyone at the office.” Maria Peters who works as the secretary at Sidney High School was credited the award because of her friendly smile and warm welcome to those at the school. “As the first face that many see at the high school, her positive attitude creates a good felling regarding Sidney’s education system. 

event, both James Meissel and Kevin Bast were spotlighted for the work they do around the community. “James works on the street crew and does so much around Sidney.” Bast was noted for his hard work he puts in as a sewer department employee. Fair manager Jamie Larson was also nominated. Each year the community rushes to the fair to enjoy all the food, entertainment, shopping and having a great time. Without her hard work and dedication, we wouldn’t have a fair to enjoy. Jeff Mead was also spotlighted during the event for his dedication for officiating the majority of sports in the area. He’s especially appreciated due to the lack of referees for high school events.  Water department employee Jennifer Sult was recognized because she, “does everything with a smile.” While the staff at Silver Junction recently changed, the great service didn’t. Bekki Lundy was recognized for chatting with customers is a cheerful way. “Chatting with Bekki for a minute while she makes my coffee is a great way to start my day of on the right path.” VFW member and military veteran Larry Troudt is very active in the VFW and was recognized for his hard work and service. Dave Moore received the award for all the work he puts into preparing Veterans Memorial Park for the Sunrise Festival of the Arts and helping line up parades every year.  Each of the individuals listed was recognized for the small acts of kindness they perform each and every day in our community. Whether all they do is put a smile on the face of a customer or go out of their way and do something bigger, they were celebrated as being an important part of our town. These are the people who keep daily operations going and without them we wouldn’t be a functioning community.

While city employees seem to have found a place in our Everyday Heroes Continued on Page 39

WAHPETON OFFICE GETS INTO THE SPIRIT OF GIVING In August, Daily News Media in Wahpeton, North Dakota, welcomed a new circulation clerk, Arianna Appell, and a multi-media sales consultant, who also handles our front desk, Kayla Christenson. The newsroom hired a new reporter, Julie Bezenek, in October, after the promotion of Carrie McDermott to managing editor in late June. In November, the staffs of Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media collected donations for the Richland Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry. Eightysix pounds of groceries were collected

by employees to help those who are dealing with food insecurity. In December, the staffs met up with Santa Claus at Heritage Square in Wahpeton. The shopping center is the location for the first annual Festival of Trees, where decorated trees are on display from local businesses and groups, and will be donated to families who may not otherwise have a Christmas tree this year. Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media donated a newspaper-themed tree for the program.

From our staff to yours, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media staffs collected 86 pounds of groceries for our local food pantry in November. Pictured from left, Publisher Tara Klostreich, Circulation Clerk Arianna Appell, Wilkin County reporter Julie Bezenek, multi-media sales consultant Kayla Christenson, and Multi-Media Sales Supervisor Diana Hermes. New employees Appell and Christenson were hired in August and Bezenek was hired in October.

Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media staff decorated a Christmas tree with a newspaper theme, as part of Wahpeton’s first annual Festival of Trees. The trees will be donated to families in Richland County.



NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK The Wenatchee World’s family of publications and commercial press became the new kids on the Wick block this spring. The sale to Wick most importantly included the best newspaper motto ever: Published in the Apple Capital of the World and the Buckle of the Power Belt of the Great Northwest.

It’s been busy ever since. The World moved publication of its weekend paper to Saturday from Sunday, added commercial print customers, revamped its Sports section and — one emoji-filled Google chat at a time — established a solid working relationship with our pals on the Arizona Design Desk.

WEN-CON Our second annual Wen-Con pop culture convention (wen-con.com) in April attracted more than 100 vendors, celebrity speakers and a couple thousand fans, including cosplayers, stormtroopers and more than one Spidey.


Wenatchee Valley Business World, Wednesday, August 1, 2018, pages from 1 to 1

30 UNDER 35 In a joint Advertising and Newsroom effort, we combined our “30 Under 35” program recognizing young business stars with our August issue of the Wenatchee Valley Business World. We sponsored a special reception and press run of the publication for the 30 stars at the Wilfred Woods Production Facility.



WENATCHEE WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL Our annual Wenatchee Food and Wine Festival (wenatcheewineandfood.com) took place in August. Also a joint Advertising and Newsroom effort, it was attended by more than 800 people and 30 wineries at the Town Toyota Center. It’s an event sponsored by our Foothills Magazine as part of our wine competition — the largest in North Central Washington. 30


HERALD STAFF WIN NEWSPAPER AWARDS The staff of the Williston Herald won more than 30 advertising and news awards Friday at the annual North Dakota Newspaper Association conference. Members of the advertising staff earned 10 awards and news staffers took home 21. Herald Managing Editor Jamie Kelly won the Photo of the Year award for his photo of a rainbow above the Hedderich’s sign during the July 10 fire that destroyed the building. In all, the news staff won 13 first-place awards. Former reporter Elizabeth Hackenburg won first place in the news reporting category for her story on a Williston police officer trying to get state benefits to treat PTSD. Former copy editor Lee Zion won firstplace for front-page design. The Herald staff also won first place for overall design excellence. Assistant Managing Editor Renée Jean won three first-place awards — for

government reporting for her coverage of a two-day hearing on Hub City funding, for business news for her story about Style UNCorked changing its name after the franchise it belonged to closed, and for agricultural reporting for a story about low prices for industrial hemp. Kelly won seven first-place awards — in spot news reporting for his coverage of the shooting of Vance Neset in July, in editorial writing, in both serious and humorous personal columns, in the infographic category and in both news and spot news photography. Hackenburg got a second-place award for feature photography, former Herald reporter Jeffrey Giuliani earned second-place awards in sports reporting and sports column writing, Kelly won second-place in the government reporting series category and the staff took second in the website category.

In the advertising categories, Herald graphic designer Mandy Atwood, former Herald ad staffers Samantha Binder and Linley Vanacore and Herald advertising supervisor Michelle Yelverton won first place in the special advertising section for the Herald’s 2017 Small Business Saturday special section. Atwood earned a second-place award in the promotion of readership category. Binder won first-place awards in three categories — food ad, vehicle ad and best use of small space. Vanacore placed second in the outdoor/sports ad category and third in the financial ad category. Yelverton got an honorable mention in the financial ad category, a third place in the vehicle ad category and a second place for use of color.

Jean got third in the government reporting series category and Zion got third in the photo story category.



EVENT HONORS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS The Williston Herald held its first 20 Under 40 celebration on March 2. Readers submitted dozens of nominations, which were narrowed down to 20 by Herald staff and community leaders, including Williston Economic Development Director Shawn Wenko and Terry Olin, co-principal of Stropiq. The selection committee focused on finding young professionals who went above and beyond in their efforts to

make the community better. It took into account both professional achievement and community involvement when choosing whom to honor.

brightest that Williston has to offer. We were amazed at how many nominations came in, and we know the community will be in good hands for many years.”

Ken Harty, publisher of the Herald, said he was thrilled with the number and quality of nominations.

More than 100 people attended the event, which also featured the presentation of the Herald’s first Citizen of the Year award.

“There are so many young people in our community who make a difference every day,” Harty said. “We hope our selections highlight the best and

The Williston Herald held its second annual Best of the Bakken awards on Aug. 30. The event attracted hundreds of business owners and community members and featured awards in dozens of categories. Kelly Miller, the publisher of the Sidney Herald and the regional advertising director for the Sidney Herald and Williston Herald, served as the emcee.


Sidney Herald publisher Kelly Miller is one of the new members of the Sidney Lions Club. New members with their sponsors are, from left, Lion Craig Price with new members Lindi Watkins and John Watkins, new member Jen Doty, sponsored by Lion Anita Price, new member Kelly Miller and Lion Enid Houtari standing in for sponsor Lion Libby Berndt, who is a former publisher of the Sidney Herald.



Profile for Wick Communications

The Eagle Winter 2018  

A Wick Communications Publication

The Eagle Winter 2018  

A Wick Communications Publication