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June 16, 2022 | View PDF
MCKENZIE BRIDGE: It’s critical that all subscribers who receive this newspaper via the US Postal Service send their email addresses to [email protected]
Oregon Web Press (OWP), which has printed McKenzie River Reflections for three decades, informed publishers last week that they will retire their newsprint press line on July 1st. As a result, they will no longer be printing newspapers.
That’s very bad news for about eight Oregon weeklies and more than a dozen monthly school and university publications that were printed at OWP’s Albany, Oregon facility.
So far, it’s been hard to find a company with a newsprint press that can fit more publications in their schedule. Some have submitted bids that are three times higher than what OWP had charged.
One backup plan - in case a newsprint press arrangement isn’t viable - would be to switch to a hybrid production plan for McKenzie River Reflections. A smaller edition for newsstand sales could be produced with subscribers receiving a weekly digital issue.