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With the new year the Applegater came under the leadership of new Editor in Chief Bert Etling, succeeding Barbara Holiday. After editing the Applegater for 15 years, Barbara decided to step aside to pursue other interests.
She also designed the paper, a function that will now be performed by Ann Nguyen and Noel Ruiz of Idyllwild Studio, a design firm in the Applegate.
Etling, former editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings, previously edited a weekly paper in Cambria and a biweekly paper in Solvang, both in central California. He and his papers earned numerous awards both in California and nationwide.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Applegater team,” Etling said. “I’ve spent my career in community journalism and have seen how important local papers are to making community dialogue better, providing the information oxygen people need to make informed decisions. I look forward to getting to know the community better and advancing the Applegater’s mission to enrich the lives of valley residents and readers.”
Entering its 26th year, the 24-page tabloid is published quarterly by the nonprofit Applegate Valley Community Newspaper, Inc., to serve the watershed’s rural communities from Buncom to Wilderville, including Ruch, Applegate, Williams, Provolt, and Murphy.
It’s delivered to 13,000 addresses and distribution points in and near the 700-square-mile watershed of the Applegate River.
The Applegater relies on Applegate residents’ contributions of stories and funds to keep us going.
Our story deadlines are the first of May, August, November and February.
Donations are welcome anytime. You can use the return envelope included in the spring and fall Applegaters, or donate online at, where you’ll also find more information about submitting articles.
You can also support the “Gater” by subscribing to a personal mailing label (just $14.99 for one year or $24.99 for two years), particularly useful if you live outside of our mailing area or want to send the Gater to friends or family outside the area.
Order items through Amazon? A percentage of your purchase can help keep your hometown presses rolling (at no cost to you!) if you shop through and select Applegate Valley Community Newspaper as your charity of choice.
You can also help by serving as a board member or on the fundraising committee (free admission to events). We ask that you be a current or past resident of the Applegate or work in the watershed.
The Applegater has worked since 1994 to reflect the heart and soul of our community. Thank you for supporting that mission.
For more on the Applegater, visit its website at, like it on Facebook ( or contact Bert at [email protected] or 541-631-1313.