Starting next week, the Triplicate will adopt what is becoming the industry standard for full-size newspapers -- slightly narrower pages.
By narrowing each page by 1 inch, we're following in the footsteps of numerous publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the flagship publication of Western Communications, the Bend Bulletin.
Some of the Bend folks will be on the North Coast early next week to ensure that all goes smoothly as we make the changes at the Crescent City offices and at our Smith River printing plant. Our sister publication, the Curry Coastal Pilot, is also making the transition next week.
Size-wise, it's a small change, but it does entail redesign work. On the front page, promotions of inside content and weather forecasts will move from the left-hand side to elsewhere on the page. The horoscope will move from the Comics page to the classifieds. There will be other subtle changes to accommodate the new size.
What won't change is the overall amount of local news and advertising content.
National advertisers (like Fred Meyer, Sears and Home Depot) have narrowed the size of their ads already because of the trend to save paper that started several years ago. Now these advertisers' messages will fit better in the Triplicate and in the process we'll save a few bucks on newsprint, which we buy by the ton.
We aren't down-sizing the staff, the scope and quality of our work or our commitment to our customers. And, perhaps most importantly to some readers, we are not shrinking the size of the type.
And the surveys say ...
In case you haven't heard enough poll results lately, here's a look at the highly unscientific results of responses to questions posted at triplicate.com:
andbull; Not surprisingly, readers are split on the Warrior/mascot debate currently playing out, with 232 people (51.4 percent) saying we should adopt a visual "mascot" to supplement the name "Warriors" while 147 (32.6 percent) say leave well enough alone. Another 72 respondents (16 percent) say Del Norte should drop "Warriors" and adopt a new nickname and mascot.
andbull; Is bullying in the schools getting worse? Yes, say 411 respondents (61.9 percent), while 211 (31.8 percent) say it's about as bad as ever, and 42 (6.3 percent) say the problem is lessening. The school district is conducting a public forum about school bullying Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Office of Education board room, 301 W. Washington Blvd.
andbull; Should the city change the name of Front Street to Tsunami Way? No, say 824 people (78.6 percent), while 224 (21.4 percent) say yes.
What to ask the candidates?
It's political forum season in Del Norte, with tonight's Tea Party event for School Board candidates kicking things off at 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
The Triplicate will hold four forums, two per evening on Thursday, Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Mary Peacock Elementary School.
Rather than hearing from candidates for different offices at the same times, these will each be double-header events.
On Oct. 4, the two candidates for Board of Supervisors District 1 will appear at 6 p.m., followed by City Council candidates at 7:15. On Oct. 10, we'll have separate forums for the Harbor Commission and School Board candidates, with times to be announced.
All of which raises the question of questions. If you have suggestions for what the moderator (that'll be me) should ask the candidates, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to Richard Wiens, Del Norte Triplicate, 312 H St., Crescent City, CA 95531.