About the Star


SnoValley Star is published by Issaquah Press Inc., a newspaper group in east King County, Was., serving communities near the Interstate 90 corridor.

The first issue of the Star was published March 6, 2008. It is a free-distribution paper, mailed to 11,500 homes and businesses in North Bend and Snoqualmie. Papers are also available at key pick-up spots in the two cities.

Issaquah Press Inc. also publishes The Issaquah Press, a weekly founded in 1900; Sammamish Review, a weekly founded in 1992; and Newcastle News, a monthly founded in 1999. All are free distribution or voluntary-pay papers.

All four newspapers are currently headquartered in Issaquah. Each newspaper has its own editorial team of professional journalists but shares advertising and administrative staff. The papers are printed at Rotary Offset Press in Kent.

The newspaper group has been led by publisher/VP Debbie Berto for more than 35 years. Issaquah Press Inc. is an affiliate of the Seattle Times Company.


Mission Statement of ISSAQUAH PRESS INC.

OBJECTIVE

To produce economically sound newspapers that add to the identity and pride of the communities they serve, record the history of the town and its people, and make a difference in the quality of life for the residents and merchants. Issaquah Press Inc. is dedicated to the belief that a strong community newspaper is essential to a strong community.

MEANS

By promoting readership of the community’s current events and issues, thereby fostering better citizenship. By promoting readership of local advertising, thereby fostering a healthy economic environment.

By providing a news publication that adheres to high ethical and professional standards and focuses primarily on those events occurring within the circulation area of the newspaper. News will be objective, well written, well edited, sensitive, enlightening, challenging and useful. The newspapers will also act as a community forum for opinion, and will give high priority to celebrating the achievements of its readers.

By providing total market coverage of the newspapers to enable the local businesses to reach the buying public, and by making the newspaper available at highly accessible newsstands throughout the circulation area.

By providing advertisers with a high-readership product, good service, creative advertising layouts, quality printing, and advertising opportunities that generate high return on the investment.

By providing web sites that provide news archives and community resources.

By creating a challenging workplace for employees who are interested in growing in experience and professional skills. That workplace will foster good co-worker relations, will recognize outstanding contributions by employees and will encourage all to participate in creating news products that are a source of pride to the community and the company.

By encouraging community service among employees, recognizing that the more they are involved with the community, the better they will be able to understand and serve it.