Oregon Eagles earn news awards!

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If it’s July, it must be contest award time for Eagle’s Oregon newspapers.

Competing within several categories based on circulation, the Hood River, Dallas and The Dalles newspapers historically have done very well in the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA) Better Newspaper Contest, including the granddaddy of prizes, General Excellence.

This year the Polk County Itemizer-Observer returned home with a second place in General Excellence and a total of 14 awards!  The Dalles Chronicle could claim 14 awards also by adding the three national awards they learned about that week.

The Hood River News won three awards in the Better Newspaper contest and four in the Best Ad Idea Contest, including a first in Best Overall Advertising for the second year.  The Dallas and The Dalles newspapers did not list ad idea entries. 

In addition, the Itemizer-Observer won first place for Best Overall Website and second place for Best Web Design. 

The awards were announced at ONPA’s annual convention, July 17-18 at Salishan Resort.

Comings and Goings….and other stuff!

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Happy Anniversary to the 20+ Club:

61 years of remarkable service from our very own Elizabeth Widel, in her time with The Omak-Okanogan Chronicle…before Eagle purchased the publication and for many years since!

Christine Stenberg has been our bookkeeper at the Hood River News for 36 years!  Gene Bangert has been an anchor in pre-press at Eagle Web Press for the last 33 years.  We celebrate Kim Morris for her 27 years at the Daily Sun News.  For his tireless efforts to keep our employees happy and their computers and the network up and running smoothly, we say cheers to David Arndt, 24 years as our technology director!  It’s been 22 years for Corey Parker and 20 years for Mike Schmidt at Eagle Web Press.  Thanks for your 22 years of service at Idaho County Free Press, Randy Stuck!


Farewell to Rod Smith as he leaves the Daily Sun News….all the best to you in your new endeavors.  Welcome to the sales staff at Northwest Boomer and Senior News, Tamara Hollenbeck!

A few tears were shed at Eagle’s central office when Accounting Associate, Brandy Clack, decided to pursue a new career opportunity with an Albany firm, south of us here in the valley. She’d been an awesome member of the team since the fall of 2013 and while we will miss her, we wish her the very best in this new journey!

In the midst of farewells, we welcome to the Eagle nest, our new Administrative Assistant, Heather Taylor!  We look forward to getting to know and work with you every day.

Well Deserved!

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A way-to-go message sent out this morning by our President, Joe Petshow…

Congrats to Roger Harnack, editor and publisher of the Omak Chronicle, who last month was awarded the national Golden Quill editorial writing award by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. Harnack accepted the award at the ISWNE convention in Columbia, MO. The Golden Quill award recognizes good opinion writing in the non-daily field.

In 2013, Roger received the Frank Garred Scholarship at the ISWNE convention in Green Bay, WI. Harnack also was a Golden Dozen editorial award winner that year. 

Well deserved, Roger, well deserved.


Farewell this fall!

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— Idaho County Free Press publisher Andy McNab today announced he will retire Sept. 30, and his job and title will transition to Free Press general manager Sarah Klement starting Oct. 1.

McNab has published the Free Press since 1993. Klement, a Grangeville native, has another bit in common with McNab: both took on newspaper careers at young ages, and both attained the rank of publisher at the age of 25.

“After a forty-plus year career in newspapering, 23 years of it in Grangeville, it’s simply time for a change of pace,” McNab said. “Sarah is the perfect choice and I’m pleased to have been involved throughout her early career. She and the longstanding staff of The Shopper and Free Press will do well.”

“Andy did me the favor of hiring me as an intern when I was 16,” Klement said. “I have loved this paper and the people ever since. I am grateful to continue working with an incredible staff, and excited to see what the future brings.”

For the Free Press, the change marks an era in which many have already turned to digital outlets to keep up with current events, but also an era in which many locals still rely on the printed newspaper for news. Klement’s experience in both digital and print publishing will help the Free Press continue to serve Idaho County as it has since 1886.

Sunnyside pressman’s 28-year career comes to an end!

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“I came, I saw, I left,” smiles Central Washington Press supervisor Buz Crabtree.


A little more than 28 years ago Crabtree found himself calling the Yakima Valley his new home, at the helm of the Sunnyside press operation.  Friday, June 5, he will bid farewell to the local printing press because he retired.


His career in Sunnyside started one Memorial Day weekend. He and the woman who would eventually become his wife, Betty, decided to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives on the west side of the state.  Crabtree was working in Gig Harbor for a press operation there, while Betty lived in Portland. The duo decided to spend a holiday weekend in the Yakima Valley.


“I had heard the press in Sunnyside needed a press operator,” said Crabtree.


He decided it wouldn’t hurt to stop by the office of Central Washington Press and check out the place. Located at that time at 703 E. Edison Ave., he was surprised to find someone in the office on a weekend, a holiday weekend to boot.  That someone was the publisher of the Sunnyside Sun newspaper, Judy Edstrom.  She is now the editor of the monthly newsletter put out for the employees of Eagle Newspapers, which now owns both Central Washington Press and the Daily Sun News.


“It was a Sunday,” Crabtree said. Edstrom said she was at the press that day because when Eagle Newspapers bought the Sunnyside Sun about three years earlier, it was with plans to update the building and equipment.  Edstrom said she and the crew found “…just getting the newspaper out took all of our time. Then, the worst happened…the sole pressman incurred a serious back injury.”


Finding a press operator at the time was not easy, especially given the publication was at the time “in disarray.”  Edstrom interviewed Crabtree for the job on the spot that day, and was sold after another publisher told her he very well could be the answer to her woes.


But Crabtree didn’t realize anything was afoot, believing life as he knew it would continue upon his return home.  He couldn’t have been more wrong. It turned out he was in for a big surprise upon his return to work on Monday.  Crabtree’s boss told him, “Pack your bags…you’re moving to Sunnyside!” Crabtree said he was dumbstruck, but did as he was told.  “That’s how hiring was done years ago,” he said.


Crabtree was thrust into the mix from the outset. He arrived on Tuesday, the busiest print day of the week at the time. On Tuesdays back in 1987 the Sunnyside press printed the Daily Sun News, the Shopper, and the weekly Toppenish Review, Grandview Herald and Prosser Record-Bulletin newspapers.


Since then, there have been a number of changes. Central Washington Press, which was owned by longtime newspapermen Jim Flint, John Fournier and Eagle Web Press, has since been purchased by Eagle Newspapers Inc. It moved with the Daily Sun News to its current location across from the Sunnyside Safeway store in downtown Sunnyside.  There have also been a number of changes in the industry, said Crabtree. The biggest change has been via technological advances. He said the process of physically producing the newspaper has advanced from paste-ups and film to full digitalization – direct to press plates.


“Instead of cutting masks for spot color, it is a digitalized process and we don’t have to send color photos to Seattle for color separations because they are computerized,” Crabtree said.


There have also been a few occasions when not all worked as smoothly as it should. One such occasion played out much like a Halloween story. Although it created a scare even for Crabtree, all who were present laugh about it now.  Longtime Daily Sun News employee Kim Taylor Morris, now an ad sales representative for the community newspaper, recalls hearing a lot of crashing and banging from the press room one day.


“All of a sudden we hear ‘Ahhhh!’, and we (the Daily Sun News staff) rush into the press room to see what has happened,” she recalled.  Crabtree, she said, emerged from under one of the press units

and his head was covered in red.  “We thought he was mortally wounded,” Taylor Morris said, noting several staff members began asking if Crabtree needed to be rushed to the hospital.  “Even he thought he was injured,” she said.


But, Crabtree reached up into his hair, swiped his hand through it, pulled his hand away and looked at it. With a smirk on his face, he told the staff, “It’s just ink,” he laughed.  Although his career in Sunnyside began one Memorial Day weekend in 1987, Crabtree has spent all but the first 13 years of his life mired in ink.


“Ink runs in my blood,” he said.


At the age of 13, Crabtree began his career on the press in Ketchikan, Alaska. He said his father was a typesetter and his grandfather spent his life as a book binder.


“This is what I know,” said Crabtree, who said he will miss the people he works with, who have become like family.  Edstrom, who has kept in touch with the staff at the Daily Sun News and Central Washington Press, said Crabtree was a blessing to her and the Sunnyside press operations, and he will be sorely missed by everyone in the Eagle Newspapers family.


from DSN website June 2, 2015

Death claims former Eagle Web Press Sales Manager

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Cal Borman died December 21, 2014 at his home in Aumsville, OR. The former Eagle Web Press sales manager retired in 2010 after a long career in the printing business. He came to Salem in 1971 to work at Denny Smith’s new printing company, BME Web Press, the birthplace of Eagle Web Press.

Cal had been in ill health in recent years. No service was held, but his wife, Kathi, plans a ‘Celebration of Life’ in early summer, depending on when their daughter can be home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Nikki, grandsons, Brady and Bentley; granddaughter Bailey and his brother, Wayne.

In spite of his health problems, during his retirement Cal worked around their acreage “pretty much a full time job” according to Kathi. He often lunched with friends and the couple took a few short trips.

Cal was born in Enterprise, Oregon, September,1942. He was beginning seventh grade, when his family moved to Pendleton, and he graduated from Pendleton high school in 1961. In 1959 he started his printing career at the East Oregonian.

The Eagle Newspapers family will miss Cal!

Comings and Goings!

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Krista Andrews joined Eagle Web Press, Salem on January 5, 2015 as its new Project Coordinator, communicating with customers, sales staff and plant personnel.  She knows sheet-fed printing from her last 14 years in the business.  She’s now learning another type of printing…done on huge rolls of paper threading through the gigantic line of iron at Eagle Web Press.  Welcome, Krista!


Deb Jones was introduced as the new publisher of the Moneysaver in Lewiston, Idaho this past February.  Deb has extensive experience in print sales and ad creation in her career with Eagle – most recently at the Columbia Gorge Press, in Hood River, OR.  Deb’s move to Lewiston began last summer with her position as Advertising Manager and “replacement in training.”  Diane Johnson made a decision to retire this year as the publisher and has been working with Deb during the transition.

Diane started her career at the Moneysaver in June 1977 taking ads over the phone.  The Moneysaver began as a family business owned by Diane’s aunt, Judy McFadden.  Diane’s mother was hired as a proofreader and her sister, Jan, as the manager of sheet-fed offset press department.  Diane also worked in production and circulation until her brother Garth joined the business.  Garth took over circulation and Diane transitioned to the office and was display billing clerk. In July of 2005, Ms. McFadden and the family stockholders sold the company to Eagle Newspapers and Diane became the publisher.

“I was happy to become publisher of the Moneysaver.  Here we are today with the last family member retiring from the business!  The Moneysaver staff and Eagle Newspapers have been wonderful to work with.  It’s been an exciting industry to be in. When I think about all the technological advances in the last 37 years and what is to come, it’s beyond my imagination,” Diane said.

While Diane ‘officially’ stepped down in April from day-to-day operations, she will be available to Deb Jones through the end of September. During this time, she also will be working on some company projects for Eagle.

Congratulations to new publisher, Deb Jones.  Heartfelt THANKS for Diane Johnson, for her years of loyalty and service to Eagle Newspapers!


Welcome to Ashley DeRamus who joined the team at the Idaho County Free Press last November.  She was hired as an ad sales representative.

Farewell to Adam Lapierre, reporter and photographer extraordinaire at the Hood River News, in Hood River, OR.  Adam departed in February of this year for another position in the Hood River community.

Also saying goodbye – Julie Bock – leaving her circulation manager position at the Omak Chronicle, Omak, WA.  She started out in the mailroom in 1999 and also worked in production.

Springtime saw Karen Zackula join the Daily Sun News in Washington as a new member of the front office crew, specializing in classifieds.  University of Oregon grad, Patrick Mulvihill, joined the editorial department at the Hood River News as a general news reporter. Niki Piacente is enjoying the variety of her responsibilities and “the fun of working with and meeting so many people” as she joined the staff of The Dalles Chronicle, in classified sales. Two new employees joined the Moneysaver staff in Lewiston – – Cassie Chandler in classifieds and Becca Eller in graphic design. Welcome ladies.  And, all the way from Watkinsville, Georgia, where he was the sports editor for the Oconee Enterprise, comes Derek Wiley, who has become a reporter at The Dalles Chronicle.

SPIN award goes to Ad Exec!

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The Senior Provider Information Network of Lane County (SPIN) honored Jo Schechter, advertising executive for Northwest Boomer and Senior News, LifeStream Celebrations, and Major Family Funeral Home, with the 2013 SPIN Award at its regular monthly meeting on March 12 at the Campbell Community Center in Eugene, Oregon. 

Jo Schechter has been working for NW Boomer and Senior News since May 2010.  She is the primary advertising executive in Lane County for the monthly newspaper. 

The annual award, presented since 2009, was the brainchild of Nancy Koll, ElderHealth & Living, and honors someone who has made a significant contribution to the professional community in service to seniors and people with disabilities. 

Angela Phinney, SPIN co-chair, presented the award in the form of a crystal globe held up by a team working together, to Schechter on behalf of the SPIN members.  Schechter’s service was noted for bringing countless new members to SPIN and also for her exceptional community fundraising efforts, most recently on behalf of the Musicians Emergency Medical Association. 

Schechter, who was surprised by SPIN with the honor after working in community relations for many years in Lane County, said, “I love SPIN.  Our group is so special.  It is like family to me.  I love serving seniors (especially since I now qualify) and serving people who serve boomers and seniors.” 

She added, “Love what you do, love yourself, think positively, serve others, and be committed to your success.” 

The mission of SPIN is to provide education, information and networking opportunities to professionals of Lane County so they can better serve seniors and people with disabilities.  The group has been meeting in its current format since 2004. 

Previous SPIN Award honorees include Carolyn St. Clair, RN, Care Coordinator; Frank Hales, retired director of the Cascade Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; Barbara Passarelli, fiduciary aide and community outreach specialist; ElderCare Resources, Inc; and Lauren Holland, Lane County Circuit Court judge.

– Submitted by Michelle Te, NW Senior & Boomer News Editor

Current Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The family corporation’s extended family includes a working board of directors. Non-family board members are or have been managers at one or more of the sites. Each board member is assigned responsibility for shepherding two or more site managers, developing monthly written reports for the full board. These communication and business links have proved invaluable as an efficient way to monitor activities—a corporate “umbrella” that is vigilant, but not obtrusive.

Many board members also serve on a committee that monitors company-wide activities such as finance, programs, new products and promotions, the 401(k) plan and advertising.

In 2006 when ENI received an Austin Family Business Award of Excellence, the judges wrote they “were impressed with the decentralized nature of the company, the independence given to and faith in site managers, and a working board that works.”

The 2013-2014 Board of Directors:

Denny Smith Chairman of the board

Joe Petshow president and publisher, Hood River News

Mike Connor executive vice-president and general manager, Eagle Web Press

David Arndt technology director, manager, Eagle Publishing Technology

Andy McNab publisher, Idaho County Free Press

Marilyn Roth publisher, The Dalles Chronicle

Tom Lanctot past president/retired

James O Smith past president/retired

Maggie Smith Hemmer