Oct 13, 2014 8:01 PM by Charlene Cheng
The EW Scripps Company announced that the Anderson Valley Post will be shutting down in November, closing the book on a 132-year-old weekly publication.
"We finally realized that it is something that we can better cover the community in Anderson, with our resources in the primary newsroom and by discontinuing the separate publication," Redding Record Searchlight editor Silas Lyons said.
The Valley Post is a subsidiary of the Record Searchlight, which will expand its coverage of the Anderson area.
"We're going to continue to cover sports down there, big moments for the community, and everything that Anderson and the surrounding communities would expect from us," Lyons said.
This news comes at no surprise for Maghan Hunt, who was a writer at the Valley Post for four and a half years.
"I wasn't really overly surprised when they cut my position in December, and when they got rid of the newspaper's website in July, I knew that was going to be the end of the Valley Post, probably by the end of the year," she said.
After struggling to find a new job, the single mother launched a well-timed website dedicated to covering Anderson and Cottonwood.
"My main driving factor behind this is the students. I love the kids in that community and I love the kids at the high schools that I covered, and it was a really sad day when I couldn't cover that anymore," Hunt said.
She adds that despite leaving the paper, it's heartbreaking to lose a part of the community.
"When I found out during the candidate forum last Wednesday, I was really sad about it. I hugged my former editor. And it's a moment, because it's been around, it's an institution. It's been around longer than the Record Searchlight, and now it's just gone," Hunt said.
The last day of publication for the Anderson Valley Post is scheduled for November 12.