Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Back to Life: The Review-Independent Resumes Publication

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Back to Life: The Review-Independent Resumes Publication

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When The Review-Independent closed its doors at the end of last August, the 109-year-old newspaper in Toppenish, Wash., could have easily been just another statistic on a long list of shuttered publications. Instead, the paper was purchased by Yakima Valley Publishing, Inc., locally owned by Bruce and Ginger Smith.

The Review-Independent is published every Thursday with a 2,000 circulation. The staff includes editor Jack Smith (no relation to the new owners), an account executive, and an office manager, all of whom were rehired in their former positions. Bruce Smith took on publisher duties.

Bruce said the paper was run by two generations of the same family for almost 50 years before the paper was sold about eight years ago. He said the most recent owner expanded and opened other publications, but due to financial reasons, all the publications ceased operations.

Bruce and his wife have owned Yakima Valley Publishing, Inc. for nearly 30 years. Before the acquisition, they published the Yakima Valley Business Times and Central Washington Senior Times.

"It was a good opportunity for us," Bruce said. …

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