Bend Bulletin

EO Media Group — which includes Coast River Business Journal — has purchased the Bend Bulletin but not its expensive building, which will be separately sold in a bankruptcy proceeding.

North Pacific County newspapers merge

RAYMOND — Raymond-based Flannery Publications, which owns the Willapa Harbor Herald, has purchased the Pacific County Press newspaper in South Bend from Everett-based Sound Publishing.

Flannery Corporate Publisher Pat Myers said the Press and the Herald would be merged. He plans to retain the “essence” of both papers by publishing each as a separate section, the Press appearing as an inside section to the Herald. Myers’ wife Alisa will be publisher of both publications.

The Herald’s roots on Willapa Harbor go back to 1870, Myers said. The Press was started in 1994. In 2017, it was sold to Sound Publishing, which also owns The Daily World and other publications in Grays Harbor County.

“I think the sale will be good for both parties,” said Mike Hrycko, publisher for Sound Publishing’s Grays Harbor Newspaper Group. “Combining the Pacific County papers will be good for readers and advertisers in that area, and it will allow us to focus on our core areas in Grays Harbor. Sound will be printing both papers and partnering with them on some regional and national advertising sales and that’s good for everyone.”

“Both of these newspapers have occupied their own niche in this market,” said Pat Myers. “What I’m planning to do is retain the essence of each of these newspapers and the way I’m going to do that is to run two sections, one for the Herald and one for the Press.”

CRBJ’s company adding four newspapers

SALEM — EO Media Group based in Salem is approximately doubling in size with acquisition of the Bend Bulletin, Redmond Spokesman, La Grande Observer and Baker City Herald.

The news group, whose other members include the Chinook Observer and Coast River Business Journal in Washington state and about a dozen publications along the northern tier of Oregon, will take over ownership of the Bulletin and Spokesman at the end of this month and has already started operating the Observer and Herald. All four were formerly owned by Western Communications, which went bankrupt.

A July 29 auction of the Bulletin and Spokesman lasted 15 minutes and ended with EO Media Group winning versus an out-of-region corporation. The winning bid was $3.65 million.

“It’s reassuring for the future of community newspapers when a small independent company like EO Media Group can prevail, even when going up against the big companies that are buying up newspapers non-stop around the country,” she said.

Cannon Beach makes list of pricey summer vacation spots

BOSTON — Cannon Beach is the third most expensive summer destination in the U.S., according to the latest survey conducted by CheapHotels.org as reported by Business Wire.

The survey compared all U.S. destinations based on their cost of lodging during the month of August 2019. It bears mentioning that only hotels or inns rated at least 3 stars and located close to the beach or in the city center were considered.

At an average rate of $265 per night for the most affordable double room, Cannon Beach takes the 3rd place ranking. The priciest U.S. summer destination is Montauk on Long Island, at an average of $342 per night.

The other West Coast destination ranked among the most expensive summer destinations is 4th place Santa Monica, Calif., at $262.

Report: Oregon receives for B- manufacturing, C- for logistics

MUNCIE, Indiana — Oregon receives B- for manufacturing and C- for logistics, says annual report from Ball State University.

The 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) analyzes how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics.

These specific measures include: manufacturing and logistics industry health, human capital, cost of worker benefits, diversification of the industries, state-level productivity and innovation, expected fiscal liability, tax climate, and global reach.

Oregon improved from “F” to “D” in its Diversification. The state maintained its grade of “A” in Productivity and Innovation, “C” in Tax Climate, “C-” in Logistics and Human Capital, and “D+” in Benefits Costs. Oregon declined from “B” to “B-” in its Manufacturing Industry, “B-” to “C” in its Liability Gap, and from “C+” to “C” in its Global Position.

Visit the Manufacturing Scorecard project website to view the performance history for each state and an archive of past reports with insight into the manufacturing industry: mfgscorecard.cberdata.org.

Cowlitz oppose new water bottling plant

LONGVIEW— The Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Council in July unanimously passed a motion opposing the proposed Crystal Geyser facility near Randle, Washington.

The Cowlitz expressed apprehension about the proposed facility to nearby Cowlitz River water levels and temperature. Tribal Chairman William Iyall also noted that the site is a general area of high use by the Cowlitz people and his tribe is concerned about potential cultural resource disturbances.

The tribe echoed the property neighbors’ concerns about truck traffic light and noise pollution.

“I’m very familiar with the location of the plant. Summer river temperatures depend on spring water, like the spring at the site, to keep the summer river temperature low. The volume of water proposed by Crystal Geyser is significant. The facility is close to the river and it is a cold-weather source. There are definitely some red flags,” Iyall said.

The company has recently dug exploratory wells.

Astoria Golf and Country Club hires new club manager

WARRENTON — Astoria Golf and Country Club recently announce hiring Jared Klope as club manager.

Klope has an extensive background in club management and serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Club Managers of America Association. Most recently he served as assistant manager of Waverly Country Club in Portland. He worked in similar roles at Willamette Valley Country Club and Tualatin Country Club, both in the greater Portland area.

“We are delighted to have recruited someone with Jared’s resume to be a part of our team,” said Astoria Golf and Country Club President Russ Taggard.

“Anyone with the eye for detail that is recognized by Augusta obviously has a skill set that sets them apart from the crowd,” Taggard said. “The fact that Jared is here can only mean great things moving forward at the club.”

Klope joins Head Pro John Kawasoe, Greens Superintendent Lonnie Radford and Head Chef Gehrett Billinger at the key positions overseeing the facility. Kawasoe, Radford and Billinger have a long list of accomplishments, with Kawasoe having been named Teaching Pro of the Year, Radford transitioning into his role from famed Sahalee Country Club in Seattle and Billinger being one of the stalwart farm to table chefs in the region.

Klope, his spouse Tracy, along with two children have taken residence in Hammond.

Astoria Country Club was founded in 1923 and has long been nicknamed ‘The St. Andrews of the Pacific’ for its unique and challenging links style course. Membership information is available at 503-861-2545.

PCOG doubles up meetings

RAYMOND — The Pacific Council of Governments will hold additional regular meetings to discuss personnel issues in August, September and October.

The meetings will take place at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month and are in addition to regular meetings held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 600 Washington Avenue in Raymond.

Contact Mike Williams at pcog@pacificedc.org for more information or phone 360-875-9358 or 360-642-9358.

PCOG serves an important role in coordinating and leading government and economic services in Pacific County, in partnership with the Pacific County Economic Development Council.

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