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Monday T-S goes the way of the Eureka Reporter

The Times-Standard announced yesterday that it will cease publication of its Monday paper, and that the Humboldt Beacon will cease to exist altogether.

Print journalism has been in a downward spiral since the day the internet was born.  In Humboldt County, the spiral is beginning to look more like a nose dive.

When the Humboldt Herald started in the spring of 2006, a rich local media environment appeared to be thriving — but then again, so did the housing market. Eureka had two newspapers, the T-S and Rob Arkley’s Eureka Reporter.  Competition gave the T-S a badly needed kick in the keester, and for a while there seemed to be reporters on every little story.

But the Reporter was supported almost entirely by Arkley’s pocket book and therefore doomed to fail. ER reporters have gone back to bar tending or left the area in search of journalism jobs.

Is the loss of the Beacon and the Monday Times-Standard another step toward total annihilation of newspapers as we know them? It seems unlikely that these changes will right the listing boat.

Or perhaps these cutbacks in addition to the T-S paywall will spare us from a paperless future. But don’t hold your breath.

  1. Julie Timmons
    November 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Sucks, really sucks.

  2. Eric Kirk
    November 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Somehow we have two weekly papers on Sohum, so it would amaze me if Fortuna couldn’t support one given that much of the aging population there doesn’t frequent the Internet.

    It will be very bad news if the county is without a daily paper – the kind of thing that potential investors look at before deciding to start something up in the area.

  3. November 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

    There is going to be a lot of pissed off people in Fortuna. The Beacon was a great community paper. I’m sorry to see it’s passing.

  4. Plain Jane
    November 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Do you think it’s more ad revenue rather than readership decline? What percent of a newspaper’s revenues usually come from subscriptions?

  5. November 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    It could explain why it took 4 weeks to get my last check from the T-S…

  6. Jack Sherman
    November 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Sad. No one wants to see more layoffs anywhere.

    The TS’s $150 a year delivery fee provides a lot of food for a smart, careful family in Eureka.

    If the TS ever bothered to appeal to these folks, by offering essential public-interest reporting that served the interest of average families, (with the same veracity of serving local business interests, the meaningless Dow Jones, and the ubiquitous propaganda of “plenty for everyone who deserves it”), they might double their subscribers!

    This is why the Eureka Chamber of Commerce requires annual public subsidies. If they bothered to appeal to the interests of small business, they could double their membership.

  7. Anonymous
    November 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I’d be happy to see the paper reduced to local news and classifieds, published twice a week, arriving in my mailbox.

    I don’t subscribe to the Times-Standard anymore not because of its cost or because of its content. I stopped subscribing because the newspaper gets soaked about 50% of the time on rainy days. The wrapped paper gets thrown from a moving vehicle (at 5 a.m.?), skids along the curb/sidewalk or, if I’m lucky, my driveway, and the bag gets holes ripped into it that water is only too happy to enter into for the 1 to 3 hours before I get to the curb to pick the paper up.

    Usually, I just grinned and beared it, but the one time I requested a replacement paper (because the delivered one resembled a wet brick)… the replacement wasn’t delivered. When I pointed this out, I didn’t even receive an apology. So, screw ’em. The message I received from the experience was that they didn’t give a damn about my subscription. Funny though, they later sent a form letter trying to win me back. Hey man, you had your chance when I rather nicely expressed my problem to you.

  8. Anonymous
    November 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Jane, typically, your subscription fee covers the cost of printing and delivering the newspaper to you. Advertising pays salaries and everything else.

  9. What Now
    November 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    The Daily Wipe (The Eureka Times-Standard) has been it’s own worst enemy since the early 1980’s.
    Their full page ads in support of the timber industry opposite their editorial page showed they were simply a spineless mouthpiece for anyone that sent them a few advertising bucks.
    In classic bullshit fashion, they doubled the price of their paper in 1991 from 25 cents to 50 cents arguing that the increase was necessary to pay for collecting a 2 or 3 cent tax imposed by then governor pete wilson.
    The arkley paper’s arrival was nthe openly time they appeared to be jogged out of their chronic somnabulation.

  10. tra
    November 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    “your subscription fee covers the cost of printing and delivering the newspaper to you. Advertising pays salaries and everything else.”

    Of course advertising revenue is based on circulation numbers, which subscriptions contribute to. .

  11. jr
    November 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    This is truly unfortunate news. I have been reading the Times Standard since 1968, the year of its merger, excepting a few years spent in Los Angeles in the 70s. Today the paper is but a shadow of what it once was. The news sections seem to exist only to keep the ad inserts dry. (After I remove the inserts from Sunday’s paper there is not much left.) I do not remember so many ad inserts back in the 80s and 90s, so how can the publisher claim that ad revenue has decreased? If the paper was profitable in its earlier days when there were fewer inserts, why is it not now?

  12. November 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Expenses are higher?

  13. 69er
    November 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    The usual bitchin’ and complainin’ by the same people no matter the issue. I’ve been a reader and subscriber of the Times and Standard and the Times-Standard for 60+ years and have seen the changes, some good and some bad as is everything else in this world. When I delivered the papers it was wrapped in waxed froz
    en food wrapers obtained from I don’t know where, rubber bands to hold them together. From that it went to plastic and rubber bands. Now a new plastic wrap, no rubber bands, haven’t had a wet paper since the change. If you want to make sure it is dry more often purchase a cylindrical container that is available or better yet have it mailed to you and read it when it is old and not news. I’ll stay with the paper as long as it is available for better or worse and hope for the better.

  14. virginia g, overage girl reporter
    November 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Yo! The Redwood Times of Garberville is still alive and kicking! Great local news for SoHum!
    Sorry to see our sister paper’s demise; every town needs a local paper — and sorry Franklin, dedicated editor, and all the folks who worked with him. It’s a pisser.

  15. November 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    …haven’t had a wet paper since the change.

    And I have. Depends on the weather and where the paper lands when they toss it, but I don’t blame the T-S for that. That’s just life in Humboldt County.

  16. November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    The Redwood Times of Garberville is still alive and kicking!.

    That’s still a Media News Group paper, and probably closely related to the T-S and Beacon.

    I realize these decisions are made locally, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Redwood Times goes under, too. This is not a good thing. Apologies for being tacky and bringing it up.

  17. November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    We’ll have to keep an eye on the Ukiah Daily Journal, also a MNG paper.

  18. jr
    November 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    And the Fort Bragg Advocate News, Mendocino Beacon, and Willits News

  19. Cristina Bauss
    November 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    How about doing a lot more LOCAL news reporting (which at least one other person has already mentioned), and a lot less AP rehash that we can all read online, in its entirety, when it’s published? As Eric wrote, SoHum has two local papers. The biggest problem with the industry is that most of it is still using the pre-Internet model that tries to pack everything in. I bet the T-S would be in better shape if a) it was doing a lot more reporting on local issues, and b) the quality of its writing improved. (With the exception of Thadeus Greenson, of whom I’m a fan. And no, I don’t know him.)

  20. homeinhumboldt@yahoo.com
    November 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Eliminating the Monday edition is a step I had expected the T-S to take years ago. It is the worst ad revenue day and the worst news day because the newspaper can’t afford reporters on the weekends.

    When I worked as a reporter for the T-S there was one reporter in the newsroom on Saturday to cover the entire weekend. Beat reporters were also expected to generate stories late in the weekend for Monday’s edition, but the staff has shrunk considerably in recent years and there is just so much copy one reporter can generate.

    IMO the T-S continued the Monday edition for this long because of the pride of being a daily. When it drops the Monday edition, technically the paper will no longer be a daily.

    If you are a print subscriber and have problems getting a dry paper, call customer service and tell them you want your paper porched. Specify a dry place where you want the carrier to put the paper.

    Not all carriers are good about following these instructions, but if you call and complain every day the paper is not where you want it, a manager will start porching your paper. The carriers do have an incentive because if they get too many complaints it has financial consequences. The circulation department rewards the good carriers with gas cards. Carriers who get too many complaints don’t get gas cards. Your carrier will hate you for making him or her get out of her car in the winter to porch your paper, but if you leave a little something green for him or her it will make them feel better about you.

    I don’t know what the financial situation of the Beacon was when MediaNews Group acquired it and added it to the Times-Standard’s empire. But it is quite possible the Beacon might have had to cease publication years ago if not for MNG. The Redwood Times in Garberville is an MNG entity.

    Now anybody who knows a little about me understands I am not a fan of MNG. The company’s founder, William Dean Singleton, built a newspaper empire by buying newspapers then leveraging them to the max in order to buy more. He wasn’t in the journalism business he was in the empire-building business.

    I said “was” because when the Great Recession hit and newspaper ad revenues dried up, Singleton’s scheme collapsed and the company was forced into Chapter 11 protection last year, as reported on the pages of the Herald. Singleton was removed as chairman, though he still serves on the board in a limited capacity. Now the company is controlled by a hedge fund firm – bankers.

    Which brings us back to the Times-Standard. The T-S is or was one of the more profitable newspapers in the MNG empire because it is in a region where there are no competing dailies. But the bankers who run MNG have to squeeze every drop of profit they can out of Humboldt’s local newspaper and they have cut the newsroom and customer service staffs back to the absolute bare minimum.

    If the T-S were locally owned and/or operated by people who were in the journalism business, and didn’t have to send all its profit to Denver (where MNG was based) or to New York, or wherever it is going now, it would be a great little daily again. As it is, the T-S does have some good reporters in Thad, Donna, Jessica and Megan et. al. The community is lucky Thad and Donna have chosen to remain at the paper so long. Megan Hansen recently defected from the Del Norte Triplicate where she was good. Jessica Cejnar is also good IMO. Thad has had better offers thrown at him but he has chosen to stay at the T-S. Thank you Thad.

    Who knows for sure what the future is for the T-S or the daily newspaper industry. There is a lot of speculation. Maybe revenues will decline in the industry to the point that dailies in the T-S’s position will become useless as profit-making entities for their corporate parents, and they can be acquired in a fire sale for almost nothing. Then maybe a community like Humboldt can reclaim its newspaper where a benevolent soul(s) can operate it as a low-profit or full-blown nonprofit for the benefit of the community. This model is happening in a few places around the country.

  21. jr
    November 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Are Kathy Dillon and Heather Shelton still on staff? If not, where are they writing now? “Restore and Preserve” was a great section.

  22. Anonymosity
    November 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Neither Kathy or Heather are there. Sad. Thaddeus Greenson seems to be the most bonafied journalist around these days.

  23. FoxStudio
    November 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    We spent a couple of years living out where there was an internet connection but no paper delivery and guess what, didn’t miss it a bit. Didn’t miss non-arrival of the paper, screwed up vacation holds and rain-soaked cylinders.

    I pay $39/year for for the e-edition to be able to see a facsimile of the actual Friday Art page. The rest of the week there’s only about 90 seconds a day worth of local news to scan.

    The one big shout out that I have is, in fact, for the Friday Art section, which is terrific. But then, it covers what is going on locally, so it has real, immediate value. And it’s a big deal if you’re a local artist to see your name and images of your work in the paper.

    The only hope for local newspapers to survive is to cover local news and that is something that is badly needed. All the rest is available as it happens on teh interwebz.

  24. Thorstein Veblen
    November 29, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I read the ts daily. Monday was getting thin, barely enough pulp to start a fire in the wood stove. And they sometimes have the same story several days in a row, but in different sections. I don’t do Soduku or read the funnies.

  25. It Must Be Late
    November 30, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Repeal the sales tax on newspapers. Freedom of the press should not be weighed down by this tax.

    More taxes on fossil fuel, and recreational drugs would be better.

  26. Walt
    November 30, 2011 at 6:17 am

    When O’Dell killed the Arcata Union, Jack and Kevin stepped up to the plate and started their own papers. . .and have kept them going. Realistically, what would it take to keep the T-S from going the same way? Homeinhumboldt, do you know?

  27. Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 at 6:36 am

    If you are a print subscriber and have problems getting a dry paper, call customer service and tell them you want your paper porched. Specify a dry place where you want the carrier to put the paper.

    That’s something the head of circulation should have offered, don’t ya think? Oh well, his loss.

  28. November 30, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I actually prefer my paper be dropped on the lawn. I’ve found it tends to stay drier that way since the grass keeps it up and out of puddles. If it’s dropped on pavement, it often ends up in a puddle and the water leaks in.

    I’d heard of the “porching” option but didn’t want to hassle the deliverygal or guy. What if everybody wanted that done?

  29. Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Anyone know how many people are employed by the T-S, or what their annual payroll is?

  30. Decline To State
    November 30, 2011 at 7:38 am

    So which photographer is to be laid off? They are an exceptional group and the shining stars of an otherwise mediocre newspaper. I hate to loose any of them.

  31. Mitch
    November 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

    DTS,

    I agree. There has been excellent photography in the T-S.

  32. November 30, 2011 at 8:02 am

    What I liked about the T.S. is how the editor would
    regularly print glorifying articles highlighting ‘restoration’
    efforts in Manila.

    Never once did the editor let-on that it was her husbands
    project. No criticism allowed. Oldest tree on the Peninsula
    illegally removed? With wetlands money? Hubby just claims that there was no tree there.
    Entire watershed stripped of grasses, drains and everything dies,
    no report (rarest of geology, Manila Overlook).
    Erosion to the point of destroying both fore and hind dunes-
    no report- no story there.
    Wetlands destroyed while people watch a Mojave move in and displace every form of life that we are suppose to be protecting.

    The saddest is the quantity of readers who accepted the concept of erosion being a byproduct of decent restoration work.

    Coastal Act ? RIP
    Relative Sea Level Rise? For decades now we have been preparing for the inevitable by doing NOTHING except remove vegetation. This shit never would occur if we had even a trace of a decent press. Don’t even get me started on the collaboration of the NEC/Baywatch/FOD.

  33. Bolithio
    November 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

    The best part of the T-S is how they call you once a week around 8:30 at night to see if you changed your mind about wanting their paper. This tactic is a huge hit for new parents like me! Thanks for making bedtime easier for me TS!!

  34. November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Multitak–Newspapers and Blog–Like Letters to the Editor.

    With morning deliver there is a reason for breakfast–

    and blogs stir up the juices

  35. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I’ve heard rumors that the entire Bayshore Mall food court is closing. Is this an exaggeration or fact?

  36. Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    As long as they don’t fire the proof readers I’ll be happy. I nevr once find no gramaticul eror in favrite newzpapr of mine!

  37. Apologist Not
    November 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Who, in their right mind, voluntarily pays to be propagandized with the (psychology–tested) hopelessness being manufactured by the constant media barrage of random crimes, random conflicts, random poverty, homelessness, et al, offering only consumption as solace?

    Today’s biggest news is as old as civilization, but completely censored! It hardly matters what day it arrives!

    The Times-Standard’s inevitable demise is foretold by an exploding blogasphere where reporters have their chains broken to focus and debate on issues of community relevance….local families forced to fight to keep their neighborhood schools open….while fighting to keep their homes….while fighting the insurance company’s illegal denials of coverage during an unreported cancer epidemic…during unprecedented job-losses and systemic corruption….etc, etc, etc…

    There was a time when community newspapers kept the focus on the issues effecting working families, (where most papers are delivered!), sharing their outrage, showcasing the widespread suffering while reporting on the (censored) alternatives and solutions, IE, participating as a member of the same community!

    If blogs continue to offer the only relevant media, the newspapers are doomed. Community calenders and legal filings are free in the North Coast Journal.

  38. Be Angry
    November 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I sympathize with the post (above) lamenting the TS censorship of the unintended environmental impacts on the Manila dunes.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and former North Coast Journal reporter George Ringwald, was forced to cajole the NCJ editor for half a year to get a story critical of HSU published in 2001.

    Old fashioned fear and favor in the newsroom only compounds the irrelevance of today’s Milquetoast, human-interest BS that passes for “news”.

  39. jr
    November 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    As the masthead of the Anderson Valley Advertiser states:
    “Newspapers should have no friends–Joseph Pulitzer”

  40. November 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    All papers should not be painted with
    the same brush. My favorite weekly,
    the almost local Anderson Valley Advertiser, Boonville Ca.
    is locally owned and brilliant. Twelve pages -no inserts,
    more content per page than any paper anywhere. Kevin trained with this guy for a bit then hooked-up with Ricord. Tsk. Could have been a newspaper-man, settles as a serf. Nice Clubhouse.

  41. jr
    November 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Bruce Anderson, editor and publisher. Also online at http://www.theava.com Who is Ricord? Phil Ricord of wildberries?

  42. Misty
    November 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    NoPulitzer Dan give it up already will you???? You are such a whiner…
    oh the dunes are going to all blow away,
    oh the wetlands have been ruined by whoever you decide…
    you refuse to listen to experts who actually study this stuff..
    so please, get a life, get a woman better yet and get laid so you can stop whining…
    Misty

  43. Geraldine
    November 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Now now Misty..that was not nice. This is not about No pulitzer. It is about the newspaper…
    Something will take its place…

  44. Walt
    November 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Can newspapers give us sensitive, insightful repartee like Misty’s? No way! They’re outta here!

  45. anonymous
    November 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    “I’ve heard rumors that the entire Bayshore Mall food court is closing. Is this an exaggeration or fact?”

    It’s a fact. A few of the food places are opening in various other individual spots in the mall. Hometown Buffet is also closing.

    The anti-Walmart protesters I spoke to last weekend told me that this is all tied into Walmart’s master plan to move into the mall.

  46. anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I have a concern about protocol. I just received an Xmas card from my TS carrier. I know it’s standard practice to give the carrier some cash, but I’m a senior on a fixed income. Times are tough right now. Is it OK to just ignore the card and its implied implication?

  47. December 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Dear Geraldine and Misty, maybe you could collaborate with Tra and the rest of the Quislings who turn their backs on dead trees and erosion, and actually read the studies.

    This ‘restoration’ is being done under a Negative Declaration to an Environmental Impact Report.

    Now we know, impacts have been stunning.
    Wetlands have drained, many trees are dead,
    our Base Flood Elevation has been adverse effected,
    all mammals have been trounced, birds are gone and
    erosion is epic- what the Busch Study called ‘wasting process.’

    Go ahead Geraldine, when the state and the feds realize what is going on- who will be liable for the damages and the now necessary EIR? Manila CSD or you?

  48. Geraldine
    December 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Mr. wetlandbgone….
    I do not know you or misty and I am not in the know about this or that on the dunes etc.
    But i will pray for you and the dunes and all the things you are so scared about being ruined.

  49. cut on the bias
    December 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

    NoPulitzer and Apologist Not are right. The TS is biased. They take sides on every issue of importance and filter their reporting and especially the opinion page to present their side only. The TS does not fill the legitimate roll of a newspaper.

    Check out the Two Rivers Tribune and McKinleyville Press to see how a local paper can stay afloat while making an evenhanded attempt at presenting all sides of an issue and not censoring letters they don’t agree with. The TS is censorship central.

    If the TS goes away, maybe a better paper will take its place.

  50. cut on the bias
    December 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

    make that role

    now I’ll roll away

  51. December 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Print media is dead.

  52. tra
    December 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    “I’m not dead…I feel fine…I think I’ll go for a walk…I feel happy…I feel happy!…”

    THWACK!

  53. December 2, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I’m not surprised by the Monday edition going away. I just wonder when the rest of the days will follow suit.

  54. December 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I find it interesting that Warren Buffet just bought the employee-owned Omaha World Herald. He wouldn’t buy anything unless it was going to be profitable.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/new-economy/2011/1201/Buffett-buys-a-newspaper.-Time-to-invest-in-news

  55. Harold Knight
    December 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I agree with all of the above.

    The Times Standard is a victim of its own irrelevance, abundantly illustrated in the stories published by discarded reporter’s blog sites.

    They’ve been AWOL for 35 years as our community became saturated in unsustainable big boxes and sprawl. Oblivious of overwhelming economic research and their own lying eyes.

    Subsequently, the folks they want to sell subscriptions to fell victim to dwindling small businesses that can’t afford to compete with national retailers like Kohls that has sent us twenty-five $10 gift cards in their first year! We’re already receiving Walmart gift card offers, and Walmart’s not even here yet! Safeway’s offering everyone $20 gift cards each month, for six months, when you fill any prescription! Rays market hasn’t even needed customers for 10 years.

    Fortunately for Bank of America, their Times Standard losses are mitigated by usurious interest rates and diversification into other predatory industries that exploit exploding poverty rates.

    For now.

  56. tra
    December 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    From what I’ve read, most daily newspapers are still profitable, and some are as profitable as they ever were, it’s just that they don’t earn (and never have earned) the kind of high returns that their corporate owners now feel entitled to.

    So in an attempt to squeeze more profits out of the newspaper business, corporate owners have made huge cuts to local newsrooms. What the newsroom budget-slashers seem to fail to comprehend is that it’s mostly the local and regional coverage that people turn to local newspapers for in the first place, so as that local content is hollowed out then people have less and less reason continue to buy the paper — in print or online.

    The danger, of course is that as readers abandon the hollowed-out product, both sales and advertising revenues drop, which prompts a whole new round of cost-cutting, which leads to an even more hollow product, which leads to more readers abandoning them, etc, etc, etc.

    At that point, these corporate-controlled newspapers are essentially caught in a greed-induced death-spiral that won’t be altered unless they come under different ownership where the business plan is to make a modest profit off a quality product.

  57. Harold Knight
    December 3, 2011 at 1:07 am

    “From what I’ve read, most daily newspapers are still profitable…”

    Have you not been paying any attention?

    Corporate conglomerates all play the same Shell and Pea game with profit and losses between their various holdings. Unless there’s a whistleblower, a lawsuit, or you’re an insider, or a member of Congress, what you read about a single entity like the Times Standard, is what their accountants filed with reporting agencies…IT’S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO READ!

    Until damage is done, and the forensic accountants finish unwinding corporate-authored laws and regulations, the public has NO IDEA what’s losing money until the U.S.-casino hands us the bill.

  58. December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    unfortunately IT”S THE ECONOMY< STUPID and not;IT"S

    THE CONTENT Whose News is It????

  59. hank head
    May 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Concerning the demise of the 110 year old Humboldt Beacon, the TS bought the paper from the O’Dell family 8 years ago. From that time forward, the TS did a lousy job managing the Beacon, and had no interest in developing readership. The bad economy was not a factor in letting the paper go; the plan to take down the Beacon was in the works when the TS bought the paper. The problem was that the Beacon competed head-on with the TS for ads and legal notices, so TS management thought it easier to just take the Beacon out of circulation and used the bad economy as a scape goat. Fact is, small weekly papers are doing o.k., as witnessed by the Ferndale Enterprise, The Independent, North Coast Journal, and McKinleyville Press. The Arcata Eye is struggling, and I don’t include the Redwood Times (Garberville) because they are owned by the TS. The Redwood Times is doing so-so and has been left alone (for the time being) because it’s no threat to the TS…is geographically far removed from TS’s main reporting/advertising area. So, the Humboldt Beacon was systematically starved by TS managers to enrich the TS.

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