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The new year means new beginnings. That’s just what we’ve accomplished here this month and we want to take a moment to tell you what we’ve done.

On Jan. 6 we launched a new publication, the Coquille Valley Courant, a weekly newspaper devoted to covering the Coquille Valley and its communities. The Courant, with editor Shelby Case, joins our existing lineup of weeklies: the Umpqua Post, and editor Steve Lindsley, in Reedsport; and the Bandon Western World, with editor Amy Moss-Strong, covering Coos County’s south coastal shore.

The idea of creating a weekly for the Coquille Valley was actually born more than a year ago. We have always felt we wanted to cover that portion of our region better. In many ways it is vastly different from the coastal areas — in its economy, its residents and the issues that are important to them. We always knew there were good stories to be told there; now we’re in a good position to find and share them. We hope you’ll agree and give the Courant a look.

The other change is with our weekend GO! section. Today is the last day you’ll find it in Saturday’s newspaper. Beginning next week we’ll give you GO! on Thursdays.

We hear some of you saying, “About time!”

Yep. We’ve known for a long time that giving you news to use to plan your weekend didn’t work that well when the weekend’s half over. By moving GO! to Thursdays — and by teaming up GO! editor Beth Burback and reporter Tim Novotny — we’ll be able to give you more complete information on events, concerts, art showings, festivals and the like before they happen, not while they’re happening.

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We’re also adding more pages so we can begin to give you new items, like movie reviews, book reviews, more columnists and more general entertainment and recreation news.

The new GO! begins Thursday, Jan. 22.

As exciting as it is to create new ways to bring you news and information, these changes signify something important, too. We’re able to make these improvements because you remain our audience. If it weren’t for you, none of this could happen.

Thanks.

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