The Sublette County Journal
Volume 4, Number 45 - 7/6/00
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Commissioners Designate Journal the 'Official County Newspaper'
On Monday, the Sublette County Commissioners designated the Sublette County Journal as the county's "official newspaper for legal advertisements." Last January, the commission designated the Pinedale Roundup as the county newspaper until July 1, 2000 when the Journal would have published for 52 consecutive weeks and fulfilled the last of the criteria to be a "legal" newspaper as defined by the state statutes.
In May, the commission asked both newspapers to submit bid proposals for the county's legal advertising before Monday's meeting.
The Roundup had been charging the county $4.75 per column/inch for the county's legal advertising, but on Monday, submitted a bid of $3.00 per column/inch. The Journal's lower bid of $2.50 per column/inch was accepted by the commission and by a 3-0 vote, the Journal was designated the official county newspaper.
The designation lasts through December 31, when the commission will again ask for advertising bids from both newspapers and designate the official county newspaper for 2001 at its first meeting in January.
This is the first time since at least 1967 that the a newspaper other than the Roundup has been designated Sublette County's official newspaper. The old Big Piney Examiner stopped publishing in February of 1968 according to Anna Lee Woffinden, whose grandfather, George Washington Hopkins, was the Examiner's publisher. Anna Lee said that when the Examiner was being published, the county commissioners alternated the official county newspaper designation and the legal ads between the two papers.
County legal ads will begin appearing in the Journal in next Thursday's newspaper.
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