Valley Record moves to Friday publication, Thursday distribution in August

Mount Si High School won’t be the only place in Snoqualmie to operate on a new schedule come the end of summer. Starting Aug. 25, we will be changing the Snoqualmie Valley Record’s official publication date to Fridays.

While the high school is adjusting its schedule to give students an opportunity to earn more credits, we at the Valley Record are making the change due to a new press schedule.

Sound Publishing, the corporation that owns the Valley Record (plus 16 other Reporter newspapers in the Puget Sound area) manages 40-plus titles in Washington, most of which are printed at our Everett press. That’s a lot of newspapers competing for press time and a small change can have a ripple effect on other schedules. That’s what we are looking at in August.

Friday publication doesn’t necessarily mean Friday delivery. Most of you should see your papers on your porches or in your driveways by Thursday evening. The papers will be dated Friday, for the purposes of legal notices and other advertisements, but most of our distribution will be done ahead of time. It will be similar to the way the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter, the Kirkland Reporter and several other titles are distributed.

Along with the date change, our deadlines will change, too. Effective the week of Aug. 21 to 25, all editorial content must be submitted by noon Monday for Friday publication, as space is available. That covers all the free announcements — Little League scores, letters to the editor, news briefs on community events, wedding announcements, and so on. All paid advertisements (classifieds and display ads at the bottom of most pages, which really pay for the paper you’re reading) will be due by 10 a.m. Mondays for Friday publication.

Change is never easy and rarely comes at a good time, but this schedule adjustment, timed to follow the start of the school year when everything else is changing, may very well turn out to be an opportune one.

We’ll keep you updated on the schedule change as the transition begins, but in the meantime, if you need more information about the new deadlines, you can contact:

Carol Ladwig, Editor, for news and content questions;

David Hamilton, Advertising executive, for advertising questions; or

Slavik Kuropyatnik, Circulation Manager, for questions about your newspaper delivery.