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Gold Hill paper announces changes

GOLD HILL — Publishers of the Gold Hill Nugget have announced a name change and circulation revisions that will become effective in January. The newly dubbed Gold Nugget will come out less often but go to an expanded circulation area.

Published by Valley Pride Publications, the parent company of the Rogue River Press, the Gold Hill Nugget kicked off in August 2007 to serve the communities of Gold Hill and Sams Valley.

Publisher Teresa Pearson said the Gold Hill paper had been successful enough that the company decided to expand, dropping the city name from the paper's masthead and adding the areas around Central Point and the community of Evans Valley.

"We are going to quarterly because the paper is growing so much and we want to expand and be able to do even more," Pearson said. "We needed to be in a large area, so we're changing the name so it's not just Gold Hill. It's not shrinking by any means. It's actually doing very well."

While most newspapers seem to be struggling, Pearson said, both the Gold Hill paper and the long-running Rogue River Press "are doing great."

"Both papers are doing quite well," she said. "The Rogue River Press is thriving. I don't know if it's because it's a small community or the content, but we're not struggling like other papers seem to be."

Gold Hill City Manager Elise Smurzynski said the city would see no impact from the name or circulation change.

To meet legal reporting requirements for legal notices and other official city business, the city posts information in the Rogue River Press.

"I don't know that folks feel a loss of ownership if it doesn't have Gold Hill's name on the top of it," Smurzynski said, "not as long as we get the information we need."

Pearson said subscribers to the Gold Hill Nugget had been contacted by postcard and by phone and offered a handful of choices that included receiving either publication or both.