The Highway 58 Herald turns 2-years old

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Want to be The Herald’s next editor? Expect long hours, minimal pay and enormous personal rewards. Doug Bates/The Herald

By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor  — The Herald turns two years old today. A lot has happened since we published our first stories about news along the Highway 58 corridor on February 28, 2021.

In the beginning

In that first week of publication, The Herald broke stories about a stolen car being recovered by the sheriff’s department, Zero Clearance Theater was moving into the WAC, a story on the pleasures and perils of Diamond Peak, and Dean Rea kicked in a story about a fellow journalist who planned to walk the length of Oregon. Those were among the many published that first week.

I’m sure I mentioned it before but, Doug Bates, our founding Editor, had everything to do with getting The Herald off the ground. His experience was invaluable and he worked feverishly to establish a news site worthy of your viewing.

Still in it’s infancy

Are we flying high yet? That’s a matter of perspective. We’re here and plan to keep our readers informed on the important topics of the day. What is our local government doing with your tax dollars? Who might be providing live entertainment this weekend? Are there any threats to our local environment by profit seeking groups? We can’t read your mind on what you think we should publish. However, we are dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, and unbiased news and information to you, our readers.

Once you’re off the ground and flying low, trying to gain altitude, that’s the hard part. You have to really pay attention. We think we’ve been doing that.

By the way, you can, at any time, go back to any article that The Herald has published. I took that walk down memory lane this morning to reflect on the last two years. Go to the bottom of any category and you will see where you can read any previous story that has been published.

By the numbers

The Herald has published 2,367 articles (not counting this one)

Our site averages over 25,000 views per month

We have had over 9,700 total users in the past 30 days

The Herald has over 1,000 subscribers

Over 2/3’s of you see us on your mobile device

As always, I feel compelled to keep asking for your support. As newspaper after newspaper cease to publish due to varying circumstances, we are determined to keep our communities along highway 58 informed.

We’re always looking for contributors. Contact us if you would like to write an occasional article or two (or know someone who might).

Please give whatever you can to support journalism that matters. You deserve it.

The Highway 58 Herald is a 501c(3) nonprofit run primarily

by volunteers.



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