Placer Sentinel calls it quits - for now

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The Placer Sentinel published its final edition this week. Publisher Janice Forbes and CEO Bob Evans announced the closure in the Jan. 22 issue. “After looking at our end-of-the-year financials and the probability of the economy hopping back soon, we have reluctantly decided to cease publishing the Placer Sentinel for the time being,” Forbes, Evans and Editor Donna Lach said in the notice. … Publishing a small newspaper has been enjoyable in the past and we’re sure it will eventually be so again. We hope to be around when it is.” The late Tom Homer started the Auburn weekly in 1990, selling it to Forbes and Evans a few years later. Homer, who later became the editor of the Colfax Record, died in 2004. Forbes also publishes Sierra Heritage magazine. She founded the Sierra Business Council and chairs the Placer Community Foundation board of directors. Don Chaddock, editor of the Folsom and El Dorado Hills Telegraph newspapers, was the editor of the Sentinel from 2003 to September 2008. “I was not surprised,” Chaddock said about the paper’s closure. “The Sentinel had been struggling, along with many other newspapers, and that is what prompted me to leave. It’s sad, because I really poured my heart into that paper for a long time. I was very involved in the community for the newspaper, so it is sad day to see it go.” Auburn City Councilman Kevin Hanley’s column, “Common Sense,” appeared weekly in the paper. “I was given a chance the last eight years to write a column for the Sentinel and I wrote more than 450 columns for them,” he said Wednesday. “It was a nice way to get issues and ideas out and get feedback from people who read the column and agreed or disagreed with it. It was a fun process to look at local issues and people and write about them. I had a good time. That’s for sure.” — Gloria Young