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Winter ’10 Vol. 15 No. 4

INSIDE: Grimes, Brown No. 1 in Arizona, Page 6; new CTP for Daily Iberian, Page 18; aerial view of Daily Press, Page 3.

Hefley, VIP ad program paying dividends for Wick Thanks to all for the hard work being done throughout the company, and for the good pr o duc t s b ei n g pr o duced for our readers and advertisers. I appreciate all that is being in what continues FROM done to be a tough economy. THE CEO I know everyone is particularly busy and folks JOHN are juggling a number MATHEW of tasks. I remain convinced that the community newspapers business has an excellent future. Cindy Hef ley, who joined Wick in May 2010, is off to a good start as director of advertising and is now getting the chance to visit a number of our newspapers to become more familiar with the markets. In addition to the Arizona markets, she’s been to Montrose, Ontario, Williston, St. Tammany, Bogalusa, La Place, New Iberia and Roanoke Rapids recently. Cindy’s contacts with major advertisers and their agencies have begun to pay dividends in the form of new business. Missy Bosley, who assists Cindy and our newspapers on the accounting end of national sales, is doing an excellent job as well. Our VIP advertising program is off to a good start under the leadership of Bill Kennon. Bill has led the program in St. Tammany, La Place, New Iberia and Wasilla and has a full schedule planned for 2011. This is a labor inten-

sive program designed to get non-advertisers into our publications for an extended commitment. I appreciate the help of those at the newspapers Bill’s worked with for juggling their normal work with the VIP program. Thanks to J Kennon, too, for her help with the program. Lots of work is being done under the direction of Scott Green in the production area. The consolidation of Arizona printing in Sierra Vista went off without a hitch. In 2011, we’ll see the Tucson Quad Stack installed in Bogalusa, a newly rebuilt 10-unit Goss Community press installed in New Iberia and automated controls installed on the Goss Community press in Sierra Vista. Thanks to Team Discovery Group Manager David Lewis for leading SWOT exercises in a number of locations, and to the employees in each who have taken part and contributed time, energy and ideas. It’s been a good process and will continue during 2011. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. I appreciate your efforts as well as the support and help of the Wick board, Wick family and Wick staff. Thanks to all for what you do on behalf of Wick Communications.

New 401(K) plan offers employees many options Thomas W. Riebock Director of Human Resources

Open enrollment closed Dec. 3. For the first time Wick used online enrollment. This was new software and in most cases, it worked well. I urge all employees to double check their first pay check to ensure the proper deductions are being taken for the 2011 benefits. Wick moved the Wick Ret i r e m e nt S av i n g s P l a n (401K) to Pension Specialists in August of 2010. We have not received any complaints concerning the new service provider or the new web site. T his move was de signed to lower costs and improve investment performance. A n elig ible employee may enroll in the 4 01K at the beginning of any quarter after 90 days of employment. See your Business Manager for more information. T h e f u n d s e l e c t i o n s h av e ch a n ge d a nd t he new f u nd s charge lower participant fees. We have 20 investment options including a wider selection of target date funds. What are target date funds? Certain participants do not

want to make investment decisions on individual funds. Target date funds automatically mix your investment in a variety of funds such as stock funds, bond funds and money market funds. Target date funds are designed to become more conservative as you near retirement. For more information on your 401K visit the web site www.AccountTRAX.com. If you are a participant visiting for the first time follow the instructions below: Initial User Id: XXX-XX-XXXX (your social security number with no dashes) Initial Password: Last 4 digits of your Social Security number Follow instructions to change user ID & Password Verify or Update personal information In addition to your account activity, the web site has: L i n k s to mut u a l f u nd f ac t sheets A personalized rate of return Retirement 401(k) calculators and other educational materials Downloadable forms and documents including a Summary Plan Description There is also a 24 hour Voice Response Unit at 888-401-5629 if you have questions. Quarterly statements can be mailed to your home address or you may also sign up for electronic delivery of this information with eStatements. Contact Human Resources with benefit questions.




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ART DIRECTOR TAKES THE STAGE

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Melanie Handl plays Dinah Grayson, a high-powered attorney from Atlanta, in ‘The Dixie Swim Club’. Handl is the art director at the Capital Journal newspaper in Pierre. A few smudges of rouge, a string of pearls and one jumbosized can of hairspray. That’s all it took for Capital Journal Art Director Melanie Handl to transform into a highpowered, mar tini-drinking attorney from Atlanta for a recent community theatre production of “The Dixie Swim Club�. Handl played one of five characters in the play, and spent more than six weeks memorizing lines, rehearsing and adopting a Southern accent. “It was a lot of fun,� Handl said. “I meet so many great people in the community. “Our cast got along so well that we’re talking about start-

ing a book club together.� Although it was her first play in Pierre, S.D., Handl is a stage veteran. Her last role was the fairy godmother in “Cinderella� in Colorado. “I really enjoy theatre,� Handl said. “It’s a chance be somebody else, to see a life you could have had — good, bad or indifferent.� She wasn’t the only Capital Journal employee involved with “The Dixie Swim Club�. Assistant Editor Lisa Johansen served as the production’s photographer and worked on the tech crew as a scene changer. Handl and Johansen have both been with the Capital Journal since May 2009.

&-GD]]OHVLQ3DUDGHRI/LJKWV TOP | Friends and family members of Capital Journal employees, including Tara Stout (from left), Taylor Hyde and Catie Licklider, help decorate the Capital Journal float for the Pierre Parade of Lights. The annual parade kicked of the holiday season on Nov. 26. LEFT | Molly Tschetter wraps a string of lights around a tree. The float had about 10 Christmas trees and dozens of yards of lights.




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The most distinctive and attractive building in Montrose main building, with its unique, triangular conference room that points due west, was occupied in September, 2007. The building features more than 3,600 square feet of windows and skylights, lending a productive, staff-friendly environment. The landscaping of 3.4 acres contains

more than 60,000 square feet of grass, 408 plantings, two patio gardens, two water features with bronze sculptures by Robert J. Wick (Land Bridge 1, Land Bridge II), has been maintained by senior master gardener Susan Woody. The land was purchased in 1999.

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This aerial photo, taken in November, illustrates autumn shadows over the Montrose Daily Press buildings which is located one mile north of the Montrose airport and is the last major building inside the city limits. The printing facility, center, was built and occupied in 2003-2004. The


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ARRIVAL Tom Perryman has joined the Argus Observer’s graphics department as a graphic artist. Perryman, 38, had worked in the Argus’mailroom since 2006, but was experienced in the graphic artist world after doing contract work in that area. He says graphic arts began as a hobby and moved forward from there. He also worked for a printing company in Missouri for 15 years, mostly doing prepress work. He is married. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Nyssa, OR.

ARRIVAL Kari Massoth has joined the Argus Observer’s graphics department as a graphic artist. Massoth, 26, is a self-taught graphic artist and is a professional photographer by trade. She graduated from Mount Hood Community College in Oregon and spent a year working for the Yuma Sun, in Yuma, AZ, as a photographer. She and her husband, Nick, reside in Payette, Idaho. Massoth admits she is a huge Duck fan and is pulling for the University of Oregon to get in the national championship game.

ARRIVAL Bill McCarver is the new Argus Observer Circulation District Manager. McCarver, 50, owned a business in Ontario for 23 years before selling and going to work in manufacturing in Nampa, Idaho. He was pleased to get employment at the Argus Observer, where he drives a mile to work, rather than 45 miles each day. McCarver is no stranger to the Argus Observer. He was employed by the Argus in the early 1970s as a sports stringer and has a degree in journalism. He says it is nice to be back to his original interest in life. McCarver and his wife, Kathy, reside in Ontario, OR.

Donating time for the annual Festival of Trees

Argus Observer employees (from back) Jessica Keller, Dee Lee and Kim Kurtz decorate a tree for the grand opening of the annual Festival ofTrees at the Holiday Inn in Ontario, OR., Nov. 24. People came to look at the beautifully decorated Christmas trees and other holiday items that are for sale. The event raises money for two charities: Meals on Wheels and Help Them to Hope. Argus Observer staff spent several hours setting up and decorating for the event. Publisher John Dillon is a strong supporter of Festival of Trees and asked Argus employees who were interested to donate time to the event. Normally, minimum security inmates from the local prison were used to help with set-up and takedown at the event, but Oregon increased the fees for using inmates to the point that local charitable events, such as Festival of Trees and Help Them To Hope, can no longer afford to use inmate labor.

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ARRIVALS Nolen Fisher is the new foreman for the Argus Observer mailroom. Fisher, 21, lives in Payette, Idaho, and came from Caldwell, Idaho, where he was attending college at Treasure Valley Community College Caldwell Center. He also attended Southwest Oregon Community College where he played baseball for one year. He is a 2007 graduate of Caldwell High School. and is a single father. Joining Fisher in the mailroom as new employees are Boyd Barker, Carlee Breidenbach, William Bush, Rebecca Grimaldo, Neal Kennington and Brad Killkenny.

Argus Observer Circulation Manager Joe Rodriguez (left) along with Tabitha Wells (center) and Lori St. Peter man a booth for the Argus Observer at a recent Health Fair. The Argus sets up a booth at several events, including fairs and other events, where volunteers sell subscriptions to the newspaper and give our prizes to people who already subscribe by allowing them a spin on the Argus Observer wheel of fortune.


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Courier reporter publishes first book: ‘Grace Street’ Eastern Arizona Courier reporter Diane Saunders has written a book that is expected to hit bookshelves in early 2011. Called “Grace Street,” the book is a first-person account about life in a Lebanese neighborhood in Michigan City, Ind., in the 1950s. Saunders, a Lebanese-American, said she decided to write the book for her adult children so they could gain a better understanding of their heritage. “I wanted my children to know

how it was to grow up in an ethnic neighborhood where the primary language was not English and oldworld customs were blended with American traditions,” Saunders said. “I also wanted them to know that a half-century ago, life in the United States was quite different than it is today — no matter what your race or nationality is.” Grace Street will be available in print and e-book editions through Author House, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Newspaper staff mans Graham County Fair booth The Courier donated $220 to the cause, which occured during October, which was also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Umbrellas or satchels were also given out for each new subscription. Publisher Rick Schneider said he appreciated the hard work of newspaper employees to make the booth a success.

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Eastern Arizona Courier reporter Diane Saunders holds a copy of the cover of her book, “Grace Street.”

The Eastern Arizona Courier gained 20 new subscriptions through a booth at the Graham County Fair in October. Members of all of the departments at the Courier took turns manning the booth and selling the subscriptions. For each subscription sold at the fair, funds were donated to the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure.




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or the second consecutive year, the San Pedro Valley News-Sun took first place for General Excellence, while Reporter Thelma Grimes and Photographer Dave Brown won a host of individual awards. The News-Sun received the honors during the 2010 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspaper Contest banquet. The News-Sun took first place for Community Service and Journalistic Achievement for Senior Reporter Thelma Grimes’ coverage of the Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services (SEABHS). The newspaper took second place for Best Special Section for the new annual “Keeping Women Healthy” special. In other categories, the newspaper came in second in Departmental News & Copywriting Excellence and Page Design Excellence, to go with a third place for Best Web site. General Excellence awards are calculated by how well the newspaper does each year in editorial and advertising categories. The News-Sun took home several advertising awards earlier this summer. “The entire staff should be very proud of this award, which we have won three out of the last four years. We believe strong community newspapers make strong communities,” said News-Sun Edi-

General Excellence The Staff of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun has received first place for General Excellence in three of the last four years, including consecutive years in 2009 and 2010. tor and Publisher Jane Amari. In individual categories, News-Sun Photographer David Brown had a big night, being named the state’s non-daily Photographer of the Year. Brown also received first-place honors

for Best News Photograph, where he captured an accident scene on Interstate 10 at Texas Canyon between Benson and Willcox. He also received a first-place plaque for Best Feature Photographer from the Rangers’ Territorial Days’ celebration, in Benson last year. Brown, who also shoots for the Arizona Range News in Willcox, also received two second-place awards. Senior Reporter Grimes also nabbed several first-place honors, taking the top prize of Investigative News coverage where she followed the City of Benson’s prospect of opening a Detention Center for illegal immigrants in town limits. She also won first place for Best Sustained Coverage for her stories on the SEABHS organization that has recently come under new management. Grimes won three second-place honors for Best Sports Story, Best Team Sports Coverage and Best News-Feature Story. Grimes took third-place for Best News Story. “The individual and newspaper awards are only possible due to a total team effort,” said Managing Editor Chris Dabovich. “They are, Ashton Estrada, Shannon Kirkwood, Susan Perry, Ian Kirkwood and Sue Coons, along with Brown and Grimes. The News-Sun, and community, are lucky to have these fine professionals.”

Baby news

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Birth Greyson Michael Kirkwood Ian and Shannon Kirkwood, of St. David, Ariz., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Greyson Michael Kirkwood on Nov. 10, 2010. Greyson was born at 3:05 p.m. at Northwest Medical Center, Women’s Center in Tucson, Ariz., weighing 7 pounds, and measuring 19.5 inches long. Greyson was also welcomed home by his brothers and sisters, Ashton, Connor, Adam and Lauren. Shannon is the ad rep at the San Pedro Valley News-Sun in Benson and Ian is IT director, circulation manager, and in the News-Sun and Arizona Range News ad and production depts. Paternal grandparents are Brian and the late Gloria Kirkwood of Benson, Ariz. Paternal great-grandparents are Petronilo (Chapo) and Maria (Pat) Tenorio of Benson, Ariz., and Donald and the late Joan Kirkwood of San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Maternal grandparents are Bill and Ana Stroupe of Batesville, Miss. Maternal greatgrandparents are the late Nestor and Carmen Baca of Albuquerque, N.M., and the late Willard and Lucille Stroupe of Batesville, Miss.

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Dispatch’s Breakfast with Santa kicks off Christmas holiday The Douglas, Arizona, holiday really kicks off on the Saturday after Thanksgiving with the Douglas Dispatch-sponsored “Breakfast with Santa,” and later with the Douglas Christmas Light Parade. This was our sixth year to present “Breakfast with Santa” and our fourth year to partner with the Douglas Elks Lodge. “Ant this was the most successful.” Lines for the free all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast stretched around the block for more than an hour while cooks busily worked to keep up, and children waited for the appearance of Santa Claus. Dispatch staff and volunteers cooked up more than 1,000 pancakes and served approximately 500 children and adults during the two-and-a-half hour event. "This is one of the most popular and fun Santa saw more than 300 youngsters during the annual Breakfast with Santa which attract- activities we take part in all year. Seeing ed more than 500 to the all-you-can-eat breakfast. kids faces light up when they see Santa Claus is the true reward for the effort it

Thousands lined the streets in downtown Douglas to watch the annual Douglas Light Parade. The parade featured dozens of floats and entries . Southwest gas took the theme “Christmas Around the World” in its entry.

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takes all those involved in putting on this event. "While children ate for free, adults paid only $1 for the all-you-eat breakfast, and this year we were able to donate $185 to the Douglas Elks to help with their youth projects." The Lodge provides the kitchen and eating area as well as help from some of their members to help feed the 500 hungry patrons. About a half hour into the event, Santa Claus showed up to give out candy and hand out toys to area youngsters. “In these type of events, much of what is needed has been and can be donated, reducing the Dispatch’s expense for the event. “This is an ideal event for us because the labor needs are minimal. “We are currently looking for other such community events we can provide, and sell sponsorships.” The Dispatch sold 22 sponsorships and three other sponsors donated items such as food, candy and toys. That night, the City of Douglas hosted the annual Light Parade. The Douglas Dispatch was an active participant promoting the event weeks in advance in both the newspaper and on its website. Thousands showed up for the annual parade. “The hopes is that both events will encourage people to stay at home for that first holiday weekend and spend their money locally,” Blaskey said.

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Ashley named Western News&Info Inc. co-journalist of the year Congratulations are in order for Today’s NewsHerald staff members who received awards in October from both Western News & Info Inc. and the Arizona N e w s p a p e r Association/Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Association for their work in 2009/2010. The awards were presented in the category of daily newspapers with a circulation under 25,000. The ANA/AAPME awarded the newspaper with first place in editorial page excellence. Reporter Nathan Bruttell received a secondplace award for best feature story, with reporter Jackie Leatherman receiving second place for best news story.

Lifestyle editor Pam Ashley received a secondplace award for enterprise writing. Later in the month, Ashley was awarded cojournalist of the year honors by Western News & Info Inc. She also received second-place in excellence in writing and third-place in feature specialty writing.

‘101+ Ideas’ a hit for TNH Published at the end of September, “101+ Ideas For Fun,” has proved to be a hit in Lake Havasu City and other places near and far. The project, which was in the planning and production Ideas For Fun stages since summer, was put together in collaboration with the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been flying off the shelves throughout the area ever since. The publication is a comprehensive illustrated guide to attractions and activities in and around Lake Havasu City.

It gets spooky at River City Newspapers around Halloween

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The staff of the Today’s News-Herald took advantage of the spookiest holiday of the year to express themselves and to enjoy an in-office lunch. River City Newspapers again sponsored a booth at the Main Street Fright Night on Halloween — a community event where thousands of Lake Havasu City residents trick-or-treat. Businesses and organizations line McCulloch Boulevard with candy booths and attractions for all the youngsters who enjoy this annual event. Top left: Accounting clerk Agnes Bunch; Bottom left: Jonelle Goff; Middle: From left, advertising representative Lon Sugamele, Fred Volke, production, Kelly Parks, production manager and lifestyle editor Pam Ashley enjoy Halloween lunch; Right: Business manager Sandy Standifer, aka The Queen of Hearts, is ready for trick-or-treaters at Lake Havasu City’s Fright Night.

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A supplement to the Today’s News-Herald in collaboration with the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau

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COVER PHOTOS: Top left: Kids fishing from the back of a boat. Top right: The world-famous London Bridge as seen from the air. Middle: One of more than 15 lighthouses that dot the shores of Lake Havasu. Bottom left: Boaters line the Bridgewater Channel. Bottom right: Off-roading in the desert.

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The staff of River City Newspapers at the Today’s News-Herald participated in the annual office chili cook-off Nov. 19. Chili tasters voted on their favorites and first-place was awarded to Jonelle Goff, classified manager, with second-place going to managing editor Becky Maxedon. From left, publisher Mike Quinn, Jonelle Goff and Becky Maxedon. RCN Photo


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Some work, some play Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun circulation employee Bonnie Olsen (left) and operations director Donna West spent two days at the recent — and windy — Pecan Festival in Sahuarita, greeting current readers and signing up new ones. The festival, in its second year, is quickly becoming a signature event in Southern Arizona.

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Discover Southern Arizona, an annual joint venture between the Nogales International and the Green Valley News & Sun, is going to press this month with the help of dozens of readers. The newspapers put out a call for photos taken across Arizona’s southern towns and deserts and received more than 200 shots from readers eager to get a photo credit. From animals to old buildings, mountains to streams, rodeos and tourist spots, the photos will


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Valerie Coleman Morris, former CNN business news anchor, was the keynote speaker for the event, talking on the five characteristics specific to women that make them more financially vulnerable.

‘Tucson Weekly’ Goes Daily and Beyond During Election Tucson Weekly editor Jimmy Boegle made a promise to readers the week before this year’s general election: “We’ll kick the ass of any other Tucson news organization with our online (election) coverage, despite our relatively small staff size.� On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Weekly’s staff, contributors and interns—with help from students at the University of Arizona School of Journalism—followed through and kept Boegle’s promise. In a six-hour period on Election Night, The Range: The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch (in other words, the paper’s blog) hosted 55 different posts, including up-to-the minute results, photos from various party gatherings, and numerous tidbits of breaking news—all while assembling two print-version stories before a midnight press deadline.

Nearly 350 members of the community showed up for the Seventh Annual Women of Influence Breakfast – breaking a record for attendance to the event.

Check out The Range at daily.TucsonWeekly.com.

‘Tucson Weekly’ Scribe Named Journalist of the Year; ‘Weekly’ Earns General Excellence Honors

The 2010 Women of Influence. From left, Kimberly States, Keri Silvyn, Katrina Heineking, Jodi Bain, Judy Rich, Kim Bourn, Maricela Meza, Ellie Towne, Lori Banzhaf and Laura Shaw. Not pictured: Katharine Kent.

The Tucson Weekly dominated its category in the Arizona Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest, racking up 20 awards, including top individual and newspaper-wide honors.

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Jim Nintzel was named the non-daily Journalist of the Year, for his body of work during the contest period (May 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010). His coverage of the Arizona Legislature, a congressional primary and last year’s city elections won over the judges from the Nevada Press Association. The Weekly earned top honors for general excellence in the category for non-daily newspapers with a circulation greater than 10,000, largely due to the four first-place honors that the publication earned in newspaper-wide categories: Departmental News/Copy Editing Excellence, Editorial Page Excellence, Best Newspaper Website, and Special Section (for the Best of TucsonŽ 2009). Eleven Weekly writers, photographers and designers earned individual honors.


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Giving at Thanksgiving The Arziona Range News staff enjoys Thanksgiving, not only with turkey and hash with their families, but also by bringing a delicious holiday meal to homebound elderly and disabled folks in Willcox. The staff has helped deliver the meals, cooked by Willcox Elks #2131, on Thanksgiving Day for five years. Catholic Community Services selects the recipients each year. The staff, from left: Dave Brown, DeeDee Hicks, Carol Broeder, Ainslee Wittig and Steve Reno. JANE AMARI / Arizona Range News

Steve Reno, advertising representative with the Arizona Range News, presented the 2010 Willcox favorite daughter award to Sally Robbs in front of a capacity crowd at the 27th Annual Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame Banquet in October. He said the newspaper, which sponsors the award, was honored to recognize Robbs, who is a “perfect example of someone making Willcox a better place to live and raise a family.” Reno, a former radio personality, has presented the award annually for 12 years.

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Arizona Range News photographer David Brown, left, took top honors as the state’s non-daily newspapers’ Photographer of the Year at the 2010 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspaper Contest banquet Oct. 16. This is his second consecutive year receiving the honor. In individual categories, Brown took first-place for Best News Photograph and Best Feature Photograph in Benson, where he also shoots for the San Pedro Valley News-Sun. He swept that category, taking second and third as well. Brown took second in the Best Sports Photograph and Best Feature Photo Layout categories, bringing his total individual awards to seven. Also in May, Brown took third place for Best Spot News Photograph (firefighter silhouette) at the Arizona Press Club Awards, circulation 20,0000 and below for dailies and 50,000 and below for non-dailies.


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Fishing tales told at Halloween fest For the third year, the Herald/ Review co-sponsored a safe trick or treat event in the city park. Thousands of young children and their parents came to the event which featured free fun and games, the showing of a movie and the usual ghosts and goblins that make Halloween fun. The newspaper this year sponsored a Gone Fishin’ booth where children cast their lines into a “pond” in order to snag candy and Halloween related gifts.

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Taste of Home another smashing success Top right, sales rep Julie Ramirez gets ready to hand a fishing pole to a youngster. Above left, hiding behing the curtain of the “pond” circulation secretary Christie Anderson and Herald/Review carrier Gary Utter, get ready to attach some prizes to some incoming lines. Lower right, Herald/Review carrier Kathy Utter, sporting a real fox stole smiles for the camera with a fishing pole in hand.

Readers lined up as early as 5:30 a.m. in order to be the first in line to buy tickets for the annual Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review Taste of Home Cooking Show and Expo. More than 450 tickets were sold in three hours on the opening day as the best tickets got snatched up early. The night of the show, Nov. 9, more than 950 people attended and received goodie bags full of gifts and doo-dads from national and local sponsors of the show.

During the event, more than 80 prizes were given ranging from a water cooker, to cookbooks, to dinner for two, to sessions for hypnotherapy. About 20 bags of groceries were also given away to lucky participants. Before the show started, local businesses showed off their wares during a mini-expo that took place for two hours before the event. Attendees streamed to the tables to buy products, sample food and mingle with area sponsors.


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SIERRA VISTA HERALD • BISBEE DAILY REVIEW

Bjork joins Herald/Reviews as new ad director “We’re tremendously excited to have someone of Becky’s caliber joining our management team,” said Publisher Phil Vega. “Her business acumen extends across the spectrum of advertising – from leadership, to program development, to online knowledge, to marketing, to business innovation. “Having Becky lead our sales team will mean an advertising staff and newspaper that will be better equipped to serve our community of advertisers well into the future,” he said. Of her move to the Herald/ Review and Sierra Vista, Bjork said, “I look forward to becoming part of the commu-

nity. Newspapers play an important role in the local economy through news coverage and advertising in print and online. I am excited about working with the Herald’s team and local businesses to create ideas and campaigns to strengthen each business’ success in the Sierra Vista market.” Bjork was born in Illinois and majored in business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She started as a newspaper advertising representative, but soon was promoted to sales management. She directed advertising sales departments, directed development of classified advertising strategy at

Lee Enterprises, and eventually became a regional director of advertising sales and internet development with the River Valley Newspaper Group in La Crosse, Wis. – a Lee Enterprise position she held for 10 years before taking over the reins as advertising director at The Des Moines Register. Bjork’s husband Tom and daughter Emily will be joining her in Sierra Vista. On their initial visit to the area in October, the family mentioned how they liked the friendliness of the community and the beauty of the area. And, they said, they won’t miss shoveling snow this winter.

Newspaper wins first place for general excellence, website • Third place to Bill Hess for best news feature story for “Immigrants’ health is 1st concern, ‘then we give … water and food.’ ” • Third place to Matt Hickman for best sports column for “Gilbert Arenas is a comic genius.” • Third place to Hickman for best headline for “ExtraClairicular.” • Third place to Liz Manring for best team, sport or sports beat coverage for “Warren Ballpark.” • Third place to Jonathon Shacat for enterprise reporting for “Mexicans treasure jobs from gold, silver mine; at what price?” Staff awards include the following: • First place, general excellence. • First place, newspaper online site. • Second place for departmental news and copywriting excellence. • Second place for page design excellence. • Second place for best use of photography. • Second place for special section, newspaper supplement or magazine for “2010 Home & Garden.” • T hi rd place for editoria l page excellence.

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Hookah, Hookah goodbye

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Bill Hess

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Adam Curtis

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This hookah took center stage on the outside patio at the Herald/Review as employees who are smokers gathered to take one last puff before a new policy meant they would be paying higher insurance premiums. The great smoke out featured music, musings and firm resolutions to give up tobacco.

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PHOENIX — The Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review won first place in the general excellence category for dailies with circulation under 25,000 in the Arizona Newspaper Association’s 2010 Better Newspapers Contest on Saturday, Oct. 16 in Phoenix. Newspapers in this category include those in Casa Grande, Yuma, Kingman and Prescott. The Herald/Review received six additional staff awards as well as six individual awards during the ceremony at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass C om mu n ic at ion at A r i z on a State University. “We’re all happy to receive this recognition from the ANA,” said Publisher Phil Vega. “The general excellence category is the one we are most pleased to have won. It takes a lot of work and dedication to put out a quality daily newspaper. As the individual awards show, there are plenty of people on the staff who help make that happen. Kudos to editor Steve Byerly and everyone on the staff for winning these awards.” The individual awards include: • Second place to Adam Curtis for best sustained coverage or series for “budget-cutting.”

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A seasoned professional newspaper executive with experience in classified, display and online advertising has been hired as the advertising director of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review. Becky Bjork began work Tuesday (Nov. 16) and will oversee the newspaper’s advertising sales staff. Bjork’s work experience includes sales positions with the St. Petersbu rg (F la.) Times; director of classified advertising and later regional director of advertising sales with Lee Enterprise newspapers; and advertising director of The Des Moines (Iowa) Register.


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The Sierra Vista Herald recently completed the installation of ink piping for color ink in a project that was done during time the press was not running. The piping allows the Herald’s 15-unit Goss Community press to be run much more efficiently and cleaner, since color ink will not have to be hand dipped into the fountains on the press. Black ink piping was put in place when the press was originally installed. “The crew of Rhett Hartgrove and Dean Kinney did a great job on this project,” said Scott Green, the Herald’s and Wick’s production director, who also was a member of the install team. “Everyone is excited at the prospect of a more efficient and cleaner press, plus the crew is glad not to have to dip ink by hand.” Green and the crew enjoyed a barbeque on Oct. 27 to celebrate the completion of the project.

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Several employees at the Herald/Review got into the holiday spirit by dressing up for Halloween. Above, photographer Melissa Marshall sports a YMCA look while ad designer Steff Hunter show off her “Pulp Fiction” look. In the newsroom, reporter Derek Jordan did his impersonation of Milhouse Van Houten while sports reporter Liz Manring carries off her best Lisa Simpson.

Nancy Bernard, Classified Advertising Manager is happy that classifieds reached their Blitz goal in September. As a reward Publisher Phil Vega washed Bernard and Classified Advertising Representative Coco Lucero cars.


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Chandra Anderson, daughter of Review Office Manager Barbara Anderson, continues the tradition of talented cross-country athletes with ties to the newspaper.

That’s Review Publisher Debra Hershon’s son, Tyler, bottom left and Review production assistant Mark Restani, bottom right. The photo was taken in 1998.

othing says Christmas on the coast quite like the annual Boat Decorating Festival at Pillar Point Harbor. And this year, once again, staff from the Half Moon Bay Review is playing a part. The annual boat-lighting festivities have been a Christmastime tradition at Pillar Point Harbor for more than two decades. Boat owners, fishing crews, those who live on their vessels and land-lubbers alike all have a hand in the magic. Crews compete for awards like a free month’s berthing and it’s not unusual for competitors to pull out all the stops. One boat owner last year turned his boat into a winter wonderland by blowing three tons of shaved ice from the harbor ice machine onto his boat so that folks could have snowball fights. Last year, Review receptionist Barbara Dinnsen helped to judge the contest. This year she pegged Review advertising representative Marilyn Johnson to help out. Marilyn says she is honored to judge the contest. “I used to live in Princeton,” she said. Princeton – sometimes called by its appropriate formal title “Princeton-by-the-sea” – is home to the harbor and right up the road from Half Moon Bay. “I would always see the beautiful lights. It’s something to look forward to every year.” — Clay Lambert

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n the newspaper game, it seems like you are always running. Perhaps that is why generations of the Half Moon Bay Review family have participated – and excelled – in school cross-country events through the years. Publisher Debra Hershon brought in a black-andwhite photo of her son, Tyler, in his Half Moon Bay cross-country gear. The photo is more than a dozen years old now. Sitting near him on the bleachers that day was Mark Restani. Today, Mark is a production assistant at the Review. “It kept me in shape for other sports,” Mark said, recalling his competitive running days. It became a lifelong habit — Mark still runs today. Today, the name on all Half Moon Bay High crosscountry fans’ lips is Chandra Anderson. Chandra, daughter of Review Office Manager Barbara Anderson, is a sophomore and one of the stars of the girls’ team, which is going to the state meet at this writing. She went as a freshman last year when she was the school’s only representative at state. You can bet that Review sportswriter Mark Foyer will have the action covered. Foyer has served as director of cross-country and track and field for the Peninsula Athletic League for the last three years and been involved with the sport for 20 years. “My job is pretty easy -- mostly the prep work for the meets,” Foyer said. “It includes communicating with the league coaches about entries, times for meets and other items that come up. I also attend the league’s pre- and post-season meetings.” Foyer’s coverage of Review cross-country stars likely won’t end with Chandra. Review design director Bill Murray has a runner on his hands as well. Sixth-grader June Murray runs for the Cunha Middle School Cubs. Her top-20 finish in a league meet assured the Cubs of a league title this year. — Clay Lambert

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WILCZEWSKI, HOLLEY WIN STATEWIDE AWARDS NI SPONSORS DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR FUN

Named inlandpress association’s 2001 & 2007 ‘Best in the Nation’ Santa Cruz County

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The Nogales International helped the Lions Club put on one of the best holiday gift projects ever for area underprivileged children. Also joining the effort were the Bracker family and Skechers; McDonald’s; Maria and Anthony Sedgwick; Radio Xeny; and local produce firms. On Sunday, Dec. 5, more than 100 children referred by local schools met at Bracker’s Department Store and JC Penney on Morley Avenue at 7 a.m. to be outfitted with new shoes and clothing. They then went to enjoy breakfast at McDonald’s, courtesy of the Richards family. Not only did the children receive Christmas toys courtesy of the NI and Lions, Maria and Anthony Sedgwick, along with local produce businesses provided holiday food baskets for each child’s family. Proceeds from all advertisement in the NI’s annual Christmas Coloring Book Contest were used to purchase toys for the boys and girls. In

Wal-Mart Manager Joe Morris is flanked by Lions President David Ramirez, left, his ad rep, Carmen Torres, and Maria Lopez-Sedgwick. PHOTO RICARDO VILLA REAL

NI Classifieds Clerk Alexandra Franco, Lions President David Ramirez, a graphics designer, Marco Coppola and Production Superviisor Edgaro Munoz collect toys and donations at Wal-Mart. PHOTO MANUEL C. COPPOLA

addition, employees of the newspaper joined Lions at a weekend toy drive at WalMart. The Santa Cruz Humane Society also pitched in this year with a refrigerator box half full of brand-new stuffed animals to give away. “This year, Maria Sedgwick unexpectedly came to our rescue with delicious grass-fed beef and her tremendous energy to assemble a small army to prepare the food baskets,” said NI Publisher Manuel C. Coppola. “The produce industry,

and Food City came through to help contribute the greens and starches that will complement the beåef. The children and their families are the winners in this collaboration.” Lions President David Ramirez said that the food baskets are a welcome addition to the project. He explained that since only one member of a family can be selected to participate in the project, “we’ve seen where some of the children eat only part of the breakfast from McDonald’s and save Aracely Stout, William Stout, Alma Cecilia Parra, Luis Fernando Parra and Robert Bloss wait as their the rest to share with a sibling.” charges get fitted for new shoes at Bracker’s Department Store. PHOTO MANUEL C. COPPOLA


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spectively, in the Best Sports Photograph division. For her part, Holley was awarded a second-place prize in the Best Sustained Coverage or Series category for a collection of stories on local contractors losing out to outof-town firms for bids on public works projects. “We are honored that that these two reporters received recognition from our state newspaper association,” said Editor and Publisher Manuel C. Coppola. “But the quality and passion they invest in their stories and photos is no secret to us at the Nogales International and our readers.” A total of 53 newspapers and 22 high schools entered the Better Newspapers Contest with a total of 1,324 entries. The NI competed in the non-daily, circulation under 3,500 division. The Nevada Press Association judged this year's entries.

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Two Nogales International staffers were among the winners of the 2010 Better Newspapers Contest, sponsored jointly by the Arizona Newspapers Association and the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors. Sports editor William "Ski" Wilczewski took home a total of five awards and former reporter Denise Holley collected another during a ceremony Saturday at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Wilczewski won first prize in the Best Team, Sport or Sports Beat Coverage category for his story “NHS rules Kino roost.” He won another top prize in the Best Sports Column category for a column titled “3 Bs make a world of difference.” Wilczewski's story “Luis Cross sets example for us all” was awarded a third-place prize in the Best Sports Story category, while his photos of two Little League fielders and a junior welterweight boxer took first and third place, re-

The Nogales International helped sponsor the second annual Day of the Dead festivities and Nogales Night Out childrens safety program where the community gathered to pay tribut to their loved ones. Above, residents stop by the altars honoring friends and family members. Below, community organizers hand out dog tags, left, while others collect prizes for best altars. PHOTO MANEUL C. COPPOLA,

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The ACTi 183 process camera was high-tech for newspapers in 1980 when it was installed at The Daily Iberian, says Ted Uhall, who works in the newspaper’s production department.

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Pressmen Chris Hebert, from right, and Brian Marsh maneuver the ACTi 183 process camera around a corner of the press room as they remove it from The Daily Iberian’s production department Nov. 18.

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Out with the old ... DI to get CTP system The old process camera that once took images of pasted-down pages is being replaced at The Daily Iberian. The ACTi 183 was installed here about 1980, said Ted Uhall, who works in the production department. It certainly was advanced technology for its day. “We thought we were top-notch,” Uhall said. The process camera’s use, however, has been completed here. For those not old enough to know (or too old to remember), the process camera was used to take the image of a page that had its copy pasted down. A negative was made and used to create an image on a press plate. Photos had to be shot separately and joined to the negative before creating the plate.

Uhall sounded nostalgic as he rattled off the numerous steps that were involved to use the ACTi 183. He said when the newspaper began using color, the process camera was used to shoot each color screen, which sounded as though it was time consuming, even for back in its day, especially when compared to the computer images used in today’s process. But technology does not stand still. The process camera had not been used for The Daily Iberian products for several years, but a few newspapers that are printed by our press had need of the camera’s use as recently as November. In the process camera’s place, The Daily Iberian will install a computer-to-plate system. There will be some remodeling needed to accommo-

date the newer technology. That work is expected to begin in December and the installation of the CTP system will come soon after. As the name of the system suggests, The Daily Iberian will be able to print completed pages from computer directly to the press plate, eliminating a few steps of creating an image on a negative and burning a plate from that image. Creating negatives before burning the press plates will be eliminated altogether. Production Manager Jerry Sexton said he is looking forward to getting the CTP system. The equipment, coming from Tuscon, Ariz., should arrive in the coming weeks and installation should be complete in time for the “new” press slated to be installed here in February.


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Thanksgiving Day is the biggest circulation day for The Daily Iberian, as it delivers newspapers in lieu of the weekly TMC product Teche Hotline. For the insert crew at The Daily Iberian, that meant starting on Nov. 21 prepackaging 18 inserts for 26,300 newspapers that were distributed Nov. 25. The six-person crew worked efficiently each day, stacking parts of the packages all around them as they prepped for the holiday. Pathways were made for employees to safely pass through that area of the building. And although they were in tight quarters to complete the huge task, there was enough room to hold all packages prior to the press run. With a press time of 6 p.m., inserters completed their job of putting the prepared packages together with the newspaper by 10:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Circulation Manager J.P. Poirier said he was pleased with the outcome of this year’s Thanksgiving Day newspaper that kicks off the holiday season. Inserters were just glad to go home in plenty enough time to finish their own Thanksgiving Day meal preparations.

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They are probably thankful that Thanksgiving is over, but in anticipation of the largest circulation day of the year, Daily Iberian inserters, clockwise from bottom left, Leslie Stevens, Ronald Hall, Kelley Delcambre, Lois Norbert, Cory Bashay and Ronda Viator had 18 inserts to prepackage for 26,300 newspapers.

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Prepress technician Richard Picard gets into the Farmer’s Day spirit Sept. 24.

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Marshall Moneaux attached a Daily Iberian newspaper tube as a hood scoop for his engine’s air induction turbo system. It is perhaps the most powerful newspaper tube on the road today. Moneaux’s truck is a 1955 Chevrolet. Antique cars paraded down New Iberia’s Main Street and were on display during the annual Sugar Cane Festival and Fair.

At least one Daily Iberian employee got deep into the spirit of Farmers’ Day this year. Farmers’ Day is traditionally held on the Friday during the annual Sugar Cane Festival and Fair. Businesses decorate their store fronts with stalks of sugar cane, ribbon and other farming decorations on this day and employees dress in farmer-like apparel. Although several Daily Iberian employees wore farmer’s attire, such as country-style shirts, boots and jeans, prepress technician Richard Picard got into the spirit more than anyone. An ensemble of bib overalls, flannel shirt and straw hat gave Picard that “authentic” farmer look. The Sugar Cane Festival and Fair is the largest festival in Iberia Parish and is celebrated during the last weekend in September. This year, Farmers’ Day was held on Sept. 24. The Daily Iberian celebrates by joining in the decorations and encouraging its employees to dress in farmer’s attire.


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Jazz Ambassadors pack crowd in

JACQUELINE HOUGH THE DAILY HERALD STAFF WRITER

WELDON — If you missed it, you can still capture the essence of the concert put on in November by the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors at The Centre on the campus of Halifax Community College. The concert, sponsored by The Daily Herald and The Centre, had 1,100 people in attendance for the free event. Community student participation included trumpet player Sheri Tucker, senior at Roanoke Rapids High School; trombone player Reuben Jeffries, junior at KIPP; and saxophone player Gilbert Avent, sophomore at Northwest Halifax High School. The Daily Herald Publisher Titus Workman was very

pleased with the concert. “It’s amazing that we have the opportunity to see terrific performances like this one at no cost,” he said. “This band is as talented as any and they gave those that attended a superb jazz concert.” As the premier touring big band for the United States Army, the Jazz Ambassadors travel thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad. To follow their national and international journey, visit armyfieldband.com and Facebook/Jazzambassadors. Music can also be downloaded from their website. Linda Foster, classified sales manager at The Daily Herald, said their performance was inspiring. During their concert, the Jazz Ambassadors

presented a diverse program of big band swing, Latin music, contemporary jazz, popular tunes, standards, Dixieland and patriotic selects. Foster was very impressed with a medley consisting of all theme songs from each branch of the military. At one point during the evening, Foster said three local students from Roanoke Rapids High School, KIPP Gaston College Preparatory and Northwest Halifax High School performed the song, “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller, with the Jazz Ambassadors. “It was very entertaining,” she said. “Everyone around me was clapping and stamping their feet.” The JROTC of Weldon STEM High School presented the colors for the event.

Contributed to The Daily Herald The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors performed Nov. 15 at The Centre on the campus of Halifax Community College in Weldon.

“HCC always strives to provide educational and cultural activities for the our students and the communities we serve,” school president Dr.

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he planning for The Daily Herald’s new Web site is under way at www.rrdailyherald.com, so stay tuned for the new look to be unveiled some time after the first of the year. Meantime, the newspaper added an option on its site to help businesses get the word out about anything from products and services to location, operating hours and more. In addition, a “Special Sections” section has been built to help readers access additional projects and at the same time make it easier for us to make them available in electronic form.

The Marketplace The Marketplace is somewhat new to www.rrdailyherald.com and some of the aspects of it are being tweaked, but what it ultimately offers is a local business directory. Not all companies can afford a webmaster and site ... in that instance, The Marketplace can put products and serv-

The new special section process is more efficient. Less time is required to physically have the special project published on the site, which frees up the creative department to focus on other projects. — Linda Foster, advertising/creative manager

ices into the world wide web without the expense for initial setup and maintenance that a Web site usually requires. For the site surfer/visitor the premise is simple, by clicking on The Marketplace multiple options are given — users

can go through featured listings, do a search for a particular business or product, browse categories or read the latest business blogs. The businesses’ initial benefit is they are already plugged in to The Markeplace, where the name of the company, their address and contact information is included in the posting.

If the companies opt to include more information — anything from their operating hours to posting photographs with their information, as well as more detailed descriptions of their products, function and process — can be included in addition to/or in place of their general data on The Marketplace.

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then redirects the online user to an Issuu site where the reader/viewer can choose to read the section in a fullscreen version and can flip through it like a book. Foster says the new process is more efficient and less time is required to physically have the special project published on the site. Freeing up the creative department to focus on other projects. The special section bookshelf presently contains The Best of the Roanoke Valley, Valley Life 2010, the Business Card Directory 2010, Football Preview 2010 and the current TV Showtime. Soon, we will be adding this year’s edition of Prospectus Magazine ...

Special Sections In the lower left corner of The Daily Herald’s Web site, located on the home page, you will find a bookshelf — this is where everyone can access electronic versions of printed special projects. It used to be that special sections were posted as buttons on the website. This process entailed planning and communication through Town News. Linda Foster, the advertising/creative manager, explained the pdf now is uploaded directly through Issuu. So, when people visit the site and go to the bookshelf, click on a section, that

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WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN

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Daily News Managing Editor Anna Jauhola kept time while KBMW Radio Sta- From left, Richland County Commission candidates were Cindy Beck, Jason Heitkamp, Jim Oliver, incumtion Manger Bill Dablow moderated the candidate forum. bent Perry Miller and Sid Berg. The public re-elected Miller. Heitkamp and Berg took the other open seats.

Daily News, local radio station host candidate forum

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BY DAILY NEWS STAFF

The Daily News and AM 1450 KBMW in Wahpeton presented a Richland County Commissioners Candidate Forum Monday, Oct. 25 at Wahpeton City Hall council chambers. Station Manager Bill Dablow moderated the forum and Managing Editor Anna Jauhola assisted by keeping time. The majority of questions used during the forum came from the public. All questions were submitted by either e-mail, phone or in person. Each candidate had two minutes to answer each question. They had one minute for re-

buttal. The forum lasted from 7-9 p.m. All five candidates vying for three seats on the Richland County Commission agreed to attend the forum. They were: incumbent Perry Miller, Jim Oliver, Jason Heitkamp, Sid Berg and write-in candidate Cindy Beck. KBMW broadcasted the forum live and it was broadcast on cable channel 12. It was open to the public as well. Many issues plague Richland County. One of the most important questions addressed drainage issues. Oliver said that he had no answers and that they would have to look at new ideas and

work with all people, though he was confident the problem could be solved. Miller spoke in detail about current county efforts, saying that the groups involved should work together and that currently the process is too fragmented by self-interest. He advocated the need for a comprehensive plan. Heitkamp argued that the county's actions shouldn't be dictated by Fargo. Beck simply stated that there was no true answer because the situation changes yearly. Berg agreed with the need for planning and working with groups, adding that he felt Fargo and adjacent Minnesota towns

were "picking on Richland." Another controversial issue in the county is whether there is a “good old boys” club. The candidates were asked, "How do you respond to the claim that certain commission members and sheriff's department employees are part of the ‘good old boys’ club?" Berg stated that such a thing does not exist, "not in today's society," while Oliver said he "doesn't think it's worth commenting on." Beck shared the sentiments, adding that, as a woman, she wouldn't fit in with such a club. Miller, who currently serves as a commissioner, dismissed it as a petty political tactic. Heitkamp asserted that he

was not going to vote for any incumbents and referred to Thomas Jefferson, saying that fresh blood was needed. Miller asked Heitkamp directly, "Do you think I'm a 'good old boy?'" Heitkamp eventually responded, "I can't answer that." In the November election, Beck, who ran a strong write-in campaign, lost, as did Oliver. Miller, the only incumbent, was re-elected to his position. Berg and Heitkamp were elected to the other two seats. Their terms will begin in the new year. The Daily News and KBMW deemed the forum a success. The two entities plan to make it an annual event.


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Hankinson Holiday tradition BY KATHLEEN LEINEN NEWS-MONITOR

When asked what the pilgrims had at the first Thanksgiving, Mason Schweitzer-Volesky answered, “candy corn.” Although the original pilgrims didn’t have this tasty candy treat, Hankinson kindergarteners did. Their teacher, Cyndi Stein, makes a kid-friendly version of Thanksgiving which has become a tradition in Hankinson. They ate turkey cupcakes, potato chips, candy corn, and cheese puffs filling in as stuffing. This meal was something young students could sink their sweet tooths into.

Rex Roeder sights in on the Thanksgiving meal held in his kindergarten classroom. Their teacher had turkey cup-

cakes, M&Ms and potato chips. In the photo at left, Aiden Bladow listens to the first Thanksgiving.

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ALTA MAYHUGH | WILLISTON HERALD

WANDA OLAF | WILLISTON HERALD

National Young Readers Week

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Gentlemen, start your engines....


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Williston Herald is Williams County Friend of 4-H WILLISTON HERALD During the annual 4-H Awards night held on October 17thWarren Froelich, Williams County Extension Agent, noted that since its formation in 1914, 4-H youth work in the United Sates has survived for nearly 100 years, primarily because of adult club leaders and members of the corporate or business community. These folds continue to give countless hours and resources each year based on the good of developing our youth in becoming productive and responsible citizens. Williams County 4-H youth have been the beneficiaries of 4-H work for over seven decades and the Awards Night provides an opportunity to not only recognize the 4-H members for their outstanding work and the club leaders for their countless hours of time, but it is also an opportunity to recognize those outside our 4-H family who have a very important role in influencing the success of our 4-H program. This year the Williams County 4-H council chose to honor a long-time business which has a tradition of spreading the good work of 4-H. Froelich said, “Beside financial support this business is always available to announce details of coming events, be present to report on current activities and recognize accomplishments of our clubs and members�.

WANDA OLAF | WILLISTON HERALD

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Pennies for People

Friend of 4-H

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Herald now offers new page for area readers The Sidney Herald is excited to announce a new page for our Wednesday editions. Starting in early November, the page “Rich Land Living” started, featuring area residents from throughout the county. The Herald staff especially wants these pages to tell the stories of residents in Fairview, Lambert and Savage. Dru Koester, a native of Savage, has been hired to write for this special page. One of seven children, she grew up on the Nollmeyer sugar beet farm. She re-

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cently moved back into the area with her husband and young child. “We’re excited to have her back in our area and working at the Herald,” Herald editor Bill VanderWeele said. The premier of Rich Land Living included two very different but both interesting stories. In recognition of Veterans Day, one article describes the life of a military wife, originally from Savage. The other story explains how a recent high school graduate found rewards while attending the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Billings. BILL VANDER WEELE | SIDNEY HERALD

Herald provides elf for Christmas celebration

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As part of Sidney’s Christmas Stroll event the day after Thanksgiving, the Sidney Herald has a tradition of having an employee dress as an elf to help Santa hand out candy. This year, advertising representative LeAnn Amundson took on the duty. Top, she receives help from a local fireman to climb up into the fire truck. Bottom, she prepares for a downtown ride through Sidney with Santa.

Tough assignment

BILL VANDER WEELE | SIDNEY HERALD

Sidney Herald sports reporter Harry Lipsiea fought off cold and snow weather conditions to cover the state championship football game held in Savage Nov. 20.


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Celebrate good times

God Bless America

LeAnn Amundson, left, helps Bill VanderWeele celebrate his 50th birthday at the office Nov. 26.

Sidney Herald advertising staff, from left, Linda Steinbeisser, Debbie Crossland, publisher Libby Berndt and LeAnn Amundson go all out for the political themed web blitz, dressing in red white and blue for the kickoff.

Singing in the rain

Herald van ain’t what it used to be... Sidney Herald publisher Libby Berndt, left, and circulation manager Dawn Steinbeisser jump start the old van to go pick up inserts from a local advertiser in Sidney. The van has over 150,000 miles but still is kicking...with a little help now and then.

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Sidney Herald’s newest advertising sales rep, LeAnn Amundson, gets caught in a downpour while seeing accounts on a Denim Day Friday.

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L‘ OBSERVATEUR Best Along the River Since 1913

Employees of the month

DAVID VITRANO Managing Editor August

Vitrano now managing editor

David Vitrano was recently promoted to managing editor of L’Observateur as of Dec. 1. Publisher Sandy Cunningham cited Vitrano’s hard work and dedication to the paper as reasons for the promotion. “David has virtually run the editorial department for several years and has been counted on to help in other departments as well,” Cunningham said. “He’s an asset to L’Observateur, and I believe he has a bright career with Wick Communications ahead of him.” Vitrano joined the paper in March 2008 as news editor. A year later he was named assistant managing editor by then-publisher John Walker. Since joining L’Observateur, Vitrano has become a fixture at area events, regularly venturing out on weekends to snap photos of local happenings. Besides his regular editorial duties, which include laying out the newspaper and special sections, Vitrano covers the local education beat. He also spe-

cializes in bringing the people of the River Parishes the type of “good news” on which community newspapers thrive. He regularly pens the weekend profile articles called “Who We Are.” He also particularly focuses on promoting the arts in the community. Vitrano graduated from Tulane University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian studies. He also attended graduate school at Louisiana State University where his focus was print journalism. He brings a bit of a global eye to the local news scene, having spent two years teaching English in Japan and a subsequent year backpacking across Asia and North Africa. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow as both a reporter and an editor here in the River Parishes, where my parents grew up,” said Vitrano. adding, “I feel lucky to have a job that affords me the constant chance to learn new things.”

L’Observateur out in the community

Redefining small newspapers

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RYAN ARENA Sports Editor September

TASHA ATWOOD Lifestyles Editor October

This model made by a local resident depicts the original building that housed L’Observateur before the paper’s operations moved to LaPlace. (Staff photo by David Vitrano)

Each October, L’Observateur’s home parish of St. John the Baptist holds the Andouille Festival in honor of the type of smoked sausage the area specializes in. L’Observateur manned a booth this year, giving all the staff members the chance to meet people in the community and promote the paper. Seen above, 2010 Andouille Queen Ron’eeka Hill poses with a copy of the paper (which, incidentally, features a photo of her crowning on the front page). (Staff photo by David Vitrano)


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BOGALUSA-FRANKLINTON, LOUISIANA

Parish fair presents marketing opportunity Managing Editor Richard Meek, right, and Lifestyle Editor Jan Gibson moderated the mayoral debate.

Paper sponsors mayoral debate

The Daily News sponsored a debate featuring the Bogalusa mayoral candidates. Candidates Charles Easterling and Charles Mizell participated in the event, held at the Bogalusa High School Auditorium on Sept. 16 in advance of the Oct. 2 election. A third candidate, Wade Pittman, elected not to participate. Daily News Managing Editor Richard Meek moderated the debate, which attracted a crowd of about 60 people to the free event. “We were a little disappointed in the turnout, but we were committed to the belief that the paper had a responsibility to allow the community the opportunity to meet the candidates face to face,” Meek said. “The people that did attend were appreciative of that opportunity.” The paper, although not endorsing any candidates, used its editorial page as a forum to encourage people to research the candidates and decide who they believed were most qualified to address the many issues facing Bogalusa.

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Daily News Circulation Bookkeeper Molly Magee viewed the Washington Parish Fair as a unique marketing opportunity and developed an aggressive strategy that led to nearly 30 new subscriptions being sold. Magee assured the Daily News had a booth in the fair’s Commercial Building and devised a strategy that included free giveaways based on the number of months sold per subscription. “The fair generally attracts a crowd of nearly 300,000 people over a four-day period,” Magee said. “What better way to gain exposure for the Daily News and increase our circulation at the same time?” Magee also made sure several newsstands were strategically placed throughout the fairgrounds and that they remained filled with not only the papers, but the fair special section as well. Magee and Managing Editor Richard Meek developed a reader survey that was available at the Daily News booth, and those who completed the survey were given a Daily News pen. “The surveys are an important marketing tool,” Magee said. “It gives our editorial department valuable input as to what the readers want, as well as their likes and dislikes.” Daily News Business Manager Vicky Schilling and accounts receivable clerk Kelley Sandifer decorated the booth with a country theme that paralleled that of the fair’s. Schilling, Sandifer, Magee, Sports Editor Peter Pasqua, Advertising Manager Carol Case, ad rep Lee Ann Williams and ad department assis- Daily News Business Manager Vicky Schilling and Circulation bookkeeper Molly Magee work the paper’s booth at the Washington Parish Fair in October. tant Christy Ewell staffed the booth.


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Anchorage Press saves Halloween 4500 attend new downtown event, brainchild of Press ad rep

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ext year, we’re gonna need more candy,” said Anchorage Press ad rep Jason Easter as he surveyed the crowded streets of downtown Anchorage on the Saturday afternoon before Halloween. About 4500 children and their parents trick-or-treated at 50 downtown merchants on a cold and sunny day. The new event, called Trick-or-Treat Street, was launched just weeks before the holiday, after a traditional Anchorage Halloween event was cancelled. “Anchorage needed a safe, fun, family event for Halloween,” said Easter, whose territory at the Press is downtown Anchorage. “I thought, let’s do it downtown. So I got together with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and they helped organize their members.” Easter had been working closely with Downtown Partnership on other advertising initiatives. His relationship with the organization was critical to getting the event organized quickly. All participating businesses were displayed on a map in the Press for free. Business were also offered the opportunity to buy ads to promote special attractions, such as balloon animals and candied apples. A “treasure-hunt”-type promotion encouraged foot traffic through these businesses. “Sure, we made some money off the advertising,” said Press publisher Steve Abeln. “But in terms of community relations, it was a home run. The Press has been emphasizing its role in the market as a broad-based, entertainment-and-activities paper. To have our publication so closely associated with a new, successful, familyfriendly event was a triumph.” Trick-or-Treat Street was heavily advertised in the Press in the weeks prior to Halloween. Easter and Abeln made appearances on local television and radio stations to promote the event, and the Press’s sponsorship. The trick-or-treat map, the treasure hunt, and a coloring contest made the newspaper an interactive part of the event, in addition to being a source of information. “There weren’t many people there who weren’t exposed to the Press in one way or another,” said Abeln. The event was supported by the Anchorage police and firefighters’ unions. A squad car distributed more than $800 worth of candy. “They volunteered to make the event safe, keep an eye on things, and make sure everyone was having a good time,” said Easter.

A dinosaur walked the streets of Anchorage during Trick-or-Treat Street. “In terms of community relations, [the event] was a home run,” said Press publisher Steve Abeln.


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Frontiersman, college team up for education ‘It feels so good to know we can help have such a positive impact on these ladies’ lives.’ -Kari Sleight, publisher

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From left, Frontiersman managing editor Heather A. Resz, Letty Smith, Wendy Spohnholz, Marie Wesley and Charter College Dean of Education Frank Baker pose for a photograph at Charter College in Wasilla. Smith, Spohnolz and Wesley won Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman/Charter College Community Partnership Scholarships. Spohnholz will receive $10,000 and Wesley and Smith will both get $5,000.

know we can help have such a positive impact on these ladies’ lives.” In Spohnholz’s essay, she explained what motivated her to finally apply for college again after years of grief over a lost child. “When I was young, I had big goals for myself and a great, shining dream of the future,” she wrote. “As a young mother, I found strength in the love of my beautiful child and a drive to make him proud of me. I was research-

ing scholarships and I planned to enroll at USS to earn my teaching degree, when suddenly my child became seriously ill and died. I was paralyzed by my grief, and my life stopped for the next six years. I can only say that the loss of my sweet baby, before he ever took his first steps, has altered my life forever.” She explained that 10 years ago she was blessed with another child, a daughter, who has been her rock.

“She wants you to know that she believes in me and is so proud of me for going back to school, “ she continued in the essay. “She has committed to helping us with her little brothers, 3 and 1 year old.” If that isn’t enough to tug the heartstrings, Spohnholz explained that this year her son would have been 17, and that is what ultimately drove her to make a big change in her life. “A dear friend of mine suggested that my son would want

me to fulfill my dream of getting a degree,” she wrote. “On his 17th birthday, in honor of his memory, I enrolled at Charter College in the Paralegal Studies Associates Degree Program.” Spohnholz said she plans to work in her father’s law office in Eagle River once she earns her degree. “He has always believed in my abilities, valued my work, and he needs my help as he works toward his goal of retirement,” she said. “If I can help my dad and make him proud of me, then that alone makes my education worth it.” She said she also plans to volunteer at the Alaska Family Resource Center in the Valley because of past experiences with her ex-husband — a chapter of her life she’d rather not talk about. Spohnholz, 34, said that although her current husband works full time, the family’s finances are stretched thin and that without the scholarship, she would have difficulty obtaining her degree. Likewise, Smith, 24, took a leap of faith that her finances would fall into place when she decided to go back to school to become a paralegal Wesley, who graduated from high school in Nebraska 10 years ago, said she dreams of having her own accounting business.

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WASILLA, Alaska — Three Valley women working to better their lives by going back to school recently learned they’d won a new scholarship to help with tuition at the Wasilla Charter College. But they didn’t know until reading the Nov. 25 issue of the Frontiersman whether they’d won $5,000 or $10,000 from the MatSu Valley Frontiersman/Charter College Community Partnership Scholarships. Only one of them would receive the larger award. “Any amount would be a huge help,” Wasilla mother of four Wendy Spohnholz said, ecstatic to be getting a leg up after struggling through family tragedies over the last two decades. She and paralegal program classmate Letty Smith hugged one another during a gathering of scholarship recipients at Charter College. Student Marie Wesley, also of Palmer, was all smiles and anxious to know who’d won what. All are mothers of young children seeking to improve the future for their families. They were required to submit essays detailing their academic plans and their career goals. What the selection committee of Frontiersman and Charter College leaders received, however, were heartfelt glimpses into each woman’s life and their motivations for applying for the scholarships. One essay, in particular, nearly brought tears to the eyes of Frontiersman publisher Kari Sleight and Charter College President John Harmon. “Ms. Spohnholz’s story really moved us,” Sleight said of the decision to award her the $10,000 scholarship. “It feels so good to

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New editor joins Frontiersman

WASILLA, Alaska — A veteran Frontiersman reporter and editor is back at the helm of the thriceweekly newspaper. Heather A. Resz took over as managing editor Sept. 21 after a 12-year hiatus from the Valley’s newspaper. Resz, originally from Kansas, initially joined the Frontiersman staff in 1996 as its assistant editor. She left in 1998 to pursue other opportunities in Alaska journalism. She worked at the Alaska Star and the Peninsula Clarion as a reporter before joining the staff of Alaska Newspapers Inc., where she helped write, design and edit its six Bush publications. In 2006, she started her own business and became the senior editor of the Alaska Contractor magazine, as well as working on other projects for a variety of clients. Resz, who studied journalism at Kansas State University, said she is glad to be back in a role where she can help highlight news that matters in the Mat-Su Borough. “It’s my community,” said Resz, who lives near Wasilla. “It’s a nice thing to cover the community you live in — to write about my community and my neighbors. “I attended my first PalmerWasilla Chamber meeting in many years (Sept. 22) and was hugged hello. It feels like coming home.” Resz said after covering statewide issues for the past dozen years, she is looking forward to guiding the newsroom as it covers local issues, local people and local projects, and perhaps makes a difference along the way. “The newspaper’s job is to tell stories that remind us that we are more alike than we are different, and that we can work together to

ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman

Frontiersman managing editor Heather Resz, left, enjoys a ride in the ultimate convertible — this Radio Flyer wagon car built from a 1976 Mazda pickup. Local couple Fred Keller and Judy Foster built the custom car. Since the story was published in the Sept. 24 edition of the Frontiersman and online, the couple has been invited to bring their wagon to national auto shows and has been featured in numerous publications.

accomplish things we couldn’t on our own,” she said. Frontiersman publisher Kari Sleight said she is happy to welcome Resz back to the Frontiersman. Sleight’s tenure as publisher began shortly before Resz moved on to other opportunities in Alaska journalism. “I’m glad to have Heather back in the Frontiersman family.

She has made the Mat-Su Valley home for many years and really understands how important community journalism is to our readers,” Sleight said. The new managing editor said she has no immediate plans for changes to the editorial content of the publication beyond an ongoing effort to make every issue better than the last.

Resz said she welcomes input from the community regarding ideas for improving the Frontiersman and story ideas about the Valley’s places and faces. She said she wants to help tell the story of what sort of communities are here in the Valley, instead of letting national media sound bytes define the Mat-Su and its residents.

Reporter not new to Alaska journalism WASILLA, Alaska — Longtime Alaska journalist K.T. McKee joined the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman as the paper’s newest reporter. in November. McKee, who grew up in Anchorage and has lived in the Valley for seven years, recently filled in at the Anchorage Daily News as a copy editor and Valley reporter before joining the Frontiersman team for the second time in her career. McKee “We’re thrilled McKee has joined our team,” said Heather Resz, Frontiersman managing editor. “We have a small, talented news team and McKee is a perfect fit.” The former English teacher previously covered cops and courts at the Frontiersman in the summer of 2005 between school years. “It’s great to be back at one of the best community-oriented newspapers in Alaska,” McKee said. After earning her journalism degree at Ohio University in 1986, she worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey and Colorado before returning to Alaska in 2001 to try her hand at teaching secondary school. She also earned a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in English. “I’m still naïve enough to believe reporters and photographers can move mountains and really make a difference out there,” said McKee.


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