Owner to oversee Sun from Colorado
The Sun serves the West Valley communities of Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde. Vining bought the paper in 2008.
Vining will be moving to Longmont, Colo., where he will work for his father-in-law’s company, Americule Inc. But he plans to retain his role as publisher, continue to manage the business side of the paper and make frequent trips return trips.
He said he’s making the move “to save the paper, save ownership of the paper and save my employees’ jobs.”
Vining has five employees and a number of freelancers contributing to his Wednesday publication. “I have an excellent staff that is going to make it possible,” he said.
He said it was a tough decision for him and his wife, Hawley, who have been raising three sons in the community — Carter, 5, Drake, 3 and Miles, 8 months.
“We’ve been able to get very involved in the community,” he said. “That’s going to be the most difficult.”
Vining is having to give up some important community roles in the transition.
He was incoming president of the Sheridan Rotary Club, and had been tapped to serve as a facilitator by the Ford Family Foundation. He was also playing a major role in development of the West Valley Community Campus in Willamina.
“Fortunately,” he said, “I’ve got an opportunity on the other end to allow us to make this move.”
Americule’s signature product is a screen-cleaning tool called the Polyball.
A graduate of the University of Portland, Vining was raised in the Eastern Washington town of Darrington.
He purchased The Sun from George Robertson, who had owned it since 1981. Robertson bought the paper from Eagle Newspapers, which acquired it in 1978.