Last week, the Nisqually Valley News relocated its offices from the pristine quarters provided by the fine owners of the Northeast Plaza Drive Southeast office where we’ve operated for about a decade to a new location about a football field or two away on Creek Street.
Our new office, located in the same building as Jerry’s Color Center, is decidedly smaller than our former location.
The decision was one of economics and practicality, with the size of our staff no longer demanding a two-floor, 10-office headquarters. With that being said, our former office will be dearly missed. The stunning views of Mount Rainier, the quality construction of the interior, and the practical and adaptable features of the space will make a fine location for a business larger than ours. We thank the owner of the property for allowing the Nisqually Valley News to create more than a decade of memories and newspapers in the space (check the Classifieds section in the weeks ahead to learn how you and your business can become the next tenant).
At Creek Street, the NVN will look to maintain its tradition of creating quality community journalism the same as we always have. Though our office will be closed to the general public, our advertising representative and journalists will remain available by phone and appointments.
In addition to the practical matter of space, the move also places your hometown newspaper on better financial ground as we dig in for a fight for survival in the face of restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19.
As I reported a few weeks ago, newspapers are among the thousands of businesses across the state and country facing unique challenges due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Businesses that have been forced to close have little reason to advertise. Applying this fact to the large number of establishments that have been temporarily shuttered due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, it’s easy to understand how advertising revenues have slowed to a trickle.
Since our last report on the matter, dozens of newspapers like ours have either closed completely, canceled their print editions or reduced staff significantly. Fortunately, the NVN is not among them. We’ve so far been able to retain our staff in the face of adversity, though the size of our weekly newspaper has been temporarily trimmed down.
I want to thank each and every subscriber who has made this possible. You are the lifeblood of our community journalism, and we remain eternally grateful for your investment in our industry.
Likewise, I’m beyond thankful to those who have contributed to our Support Local Journalism drive at yelmonline.com/contribute.
While the times have forced us to relocate our office, the newspaper itself remains in place, whether it’s a weekly delivery to your mailbox or on news racks throughout the community.
That’s all because of you.
Our new office is located at 401 Creek St. Unit B, Yelm. Our mailing address and contact information remains the same.
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