Triplicate Staff

Longtime staffers Vosburg and Durkee fill vacancies

Familiar faces will take on new positions at the Del Norte Triplicate.

Cindy Vosburg, the Triplicate's regional advertising director since 2007, will also be its publisher, it was announced Monday.

"I am eager to continue the Triplicate's mission of delivering local news and information to the community," Vosburg said.

Matthew Durkee, who has worked at the Triplicate since 2007 and served as assistant editor since 2008, has been named editor.

"Speaking about what matters to those who live and work in Del Norte County is our pride and joy, and we look forward to furthering our efforts to make this a better place by serving as its premier news source."

Gordon Black, president of Western Communications, the Bend, Ore.-based company that owns the Triplicate, said he was happy to make in-house promotions that keep veteran employees in top spots at the Triplicate.

Vosburg and Durkee are filling positions vacated by former editor and publisher Richard Wiens, who has taken a job with Civil Beat, an online news organization in Honolulu.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Vosburg moved to the Manteca area of California's Central Valley in the mid-1970s and started her first newspaper job at the Manteca News as an outside advertising salesperson and later at The Manteca Bulletin. In 1986 she went to work for The McClatchy Corporation at The Modesto Bee, working her way through various sales and management positions in the advertising department over the next 22 years. Vosburg came to Del Norte County in 2007 for the position of regional advertising director for the Triplicate in Crescent City and the Curry Coastal Pilot in Brookings.

"I grew up spending summers here visiting my aunt, uncle and cousins. My uncle was a commercial fisherman, and in the off-seasons worked at the Smith River lumber mill. The happiest moments of my childhood were spent here with my family, so when the position came open for ad director, I applied," Vosburg said.

After 31 years in the business, Vosburg says she still loves the newspaper business and coming to work everyday.

While she will continue to serve as the Triplicate's advertising director, she will relinquish her role as advertising director for the Curry Coastal Pilot in Brookings.

She is married to her husband of 39 years, Rick Vosburg, and has two grown children, Brandy Ringham of Sherman Oaks and Richard Vosburg of Placerville.

Vosburg can be reached at

Durkee marks his 10th anniversary in the newspaper business next month.

The son of an Air Force officer, Durkee was born at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento and grew up in Nebraska, Washington state, England and ultimately Southern California's Mojave Desert, where he got his first full-time job at the Daily Press in Victorville. He began there in 2004 as a copy editor and later filled positions as reporter and city editor.

Durkee is a 2003 graduate of BYU.

In 2007 he was thrilled at the opportunity to move closer to the Pacific Northwest, where his family is from, and enjoy the great outdoors of Del Norte County with his family. He took a position as features editor at the Del Norte Triplicate and a year later was promoted to assistant editor.

"I admire the can-do attitude evident in this community and am proud to call it home," he said.

Durkee has been married for 16 years to his wife, Lynn Durkee, and they have three children attending Del Norte schools.

He can be reached