Del Norte Triplicate

Country Media, Inc. was approved Friday as the successful bidder to acquire two newspapers owned by Western Communications Inc.

The two newspapers, The Curry Coastal Pilot in Brookings and Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City, each publish twice weekly, serve adjacent markets straddling the Oregon and California border in a region known as the Wild Rivers Coast.

Western Communications had owned the operations since 1988.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Western Communications in the transaction.

Carol Hungerford, executive officer of Country Media, said, “A top priority right now is getting out into these two growing communities to ask what role residents and businesses believe we should play here.”

Country Media was formed in 2000 by Steve and Carol Hungerford. The company, headquartered in Salem, Oregon, owns 15 non-daily newspapers and associated digital media in four states.

Following the conclusion of the sale, three staff members at the Triplicate were laid off including Robin Fornoff, who served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Triplicate and the Pilot.

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