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I am the second generation of my family to be the publisher of the Northern Kittitas County Tribune. A truly family-owned, independent newspaper, my parents, Jack and Jerri Stoner, took over the Tribune from Walt, Marylou and Steve Larsen in 1998, continuing the tradition of family members rolling up their sleeves and putting out the paper. At that time, I followed Jack and Jerri from Gettysburg, South Dakota where our family had sold the three community weeklies we had owned there for over 20 years. I worked in the Graphic Design department, where I still contribute as one of the many hats of a small community newspaper publisher. However, as my responsibilities have grown over the years, with a more active role in managing the day to day operations of the newspaper and office supply businesses, I have come to rely on the help of others in the department more and more. Especially in 2012 with my duties as president of the state association for community newspapers (the WNPA – Washington Newspaper Publishers Association).
My passion is photography. Having literally grown up in the news office, I got a taste of professional photography very early on, as many of my photos were published in the family’s newspapers. I attended photography school in Minneapolis, and even had my own studio business for awhile. I still enjoy the opportunity to take pictures for use in the paper and specialty publications occasionally, and providing photographic guidance to our news staff. Looking through the photos and picking just the right one for a spot – whether it be the front page feature photo for the week or narrowing down the possibilities for a particular story or photo essay are some of my favorite tasks each week and help keep my photographer’s “eye” sharp.
My family’s businesses serve the surrounding communities in many ways. We have partnerships with local organizations for everything from printing their newsletters in our paper for a shared cost, matching ad dollars sponsorship program partnerships and a free community calendar in both print and online to promotional opportunities for commercial businesses in the printed newspaper, custom print jobs and more. We stock office supplies locally to save area residents having to drive or pay to ship in many necessities like printer ink cartidges, and foremost, we keep the community informed, entertained, and preserve memories for current and future generations. If any of these services match your needs, come in or call and let’s talk. If one of our capable staff members has more knowledge on your topic, I can point you in the right direction to get the best service. We appreciate the support of this community, and look forward to returning the favor by working with you soon.