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Country Media Acquires Brookings (OR) Curry Coastal Pilot and Crescent City (CA) Del Norte Triplicate

Brookings, OR - June 28, 2019 - Country Media, Inc. was approved today by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as the successful bidder to acquire two newspapers owned by Western Communications, Inc. 

The two newspapers, each published twice weekly, serve adjacent markets straddling the Oregon and California border in a region known as the Wild Rivers Coast. 

Western Communications had owned the operations since 1988.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Western Communications in the transaction.

Carol Hungerford, executive officer of Country Media, said, “A top priority right now is getting out into these two growing communities to ask what role residents and businesses believe we should play here.”

Country Media was formed in the year 2000 by Steve and Carol Hungerford. The company, headquartered in Salem, Oregon, owns 15 non-daily newspapers and associated digital media in four states.