Mad River Union Hits News Stands

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The new Mad River Union is fresh of the press and on local news stands. The paper is the combined publication of the McKinleyville Press and the Arcate Eye.


"We're joining forces. We've got the best of both papers," said Jack Durham, Editor of the new paper and former editor of the McKinleyville Press.


Durham said the idea of combining the two became a reality when the Arcata Eye was going out of business.


"It's an old fashioned, community newspaper. That's what we're doing and we're going to have great coverage," said Durham.


Both the Arcata Eye and the McKinnleyville Press emerged after the Arcata Union went under. Since then the Arcata Eye has become well known for its police logs and colorful features.


Kevin Hoover, the former editor of the Arcata Eye, said he is sad to see the paper he created come to a close, but is happy to see what came out of it.


Hoover said he will be able to focus on stories he's waited years to tell, "There were so many stories that I knew about, but didn't have the time to deal with because I was dealing with business."


The paper is set to be released as a weekly newspaper on Wednesdays, but staff wanted the first issue to be released sooner to the community.


"I read the Arcata Eye, I read the McKinleyville Press my whole life, and now they merged and it's one awesome thing," said Advertising Manager Jada Brotman.


The paper has been able to keep the same staff and combine them for the new paper and they said the paper will have the same favorite features.


"It's just great because we have a really creative staff. Ideas are popping up everywhere and we can hardly keep up with all the ideas," said Durham.