The buildings are for sale but there are no plans to cease publication of either The Curry Coastal Pilot or the Del Norte Triplicate, according to Publisher Kimberly Fowler.
Buildings housing Pilot staff in Brookings, Oregon and Triplicate staff in Crescent City, California went up for sale recently. The sales are part of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan originally filed Jan. 22 in federal bankruptcy court by parent-company Western Communications in Bend, Oregon.
Western Communications has the Pilot building listed for sale at $577,500 through Realtor Jude Hodge of Re/Max Coast and Country in Brookings. Realtor Jim Peters of Pacific Ocean Properties in Crescent City has the Triplicate building listed for sale at $230,000 and the plant in Smith River where the Pilot and Triplicate are printed is listed at $319,000.
All three listings stress the “Seller strongly prefers a sale with a leaseback agreement and is willing to negotiate on terms for sale and long-term lease.”
The plan for both newspapers, according to Fowler, is to lease back all three buildings from the buyers and continue to publish the Pilot and Triplicate. If leasebacks can’t be negotiated with the property buyers, she said, newspaper staffs will find other buildings in Brookings and Crescent City to continue publishing the Pilot and Triplicate as usual and without interruption.
Western Communications owns seven newspapers in Oregon and California.
In Oregon the newspapers include the Curry Coastal Pilot, Baker City Herald, La Grande Observer and the Redmond Spokesman. In California, Western newspapers include the Del Norte Triplicate and Union Democrat in Sonora.
On Wednesday, Western Communications notified the federal bankruptcy court that it intends to sell all seven newspapers as part of its reorganization plan. The Chapter 11 process allows companies to reorganize while remaining in operation.