MENDOCINO Co., 3/6/18 — Sometimes when you operate on a shoestring budget, the shoestring snaps. Earlier this week our editor’s car was broken into and our computers, along with several other items — including recording equipment and several months worth of article notes — were stolen. We don’t have desktop computers, so everything we use to get you the news (except our phones) was taken.
Since then we’ve been an online newspaper without computers. Ours is a small operation, and the loss of these vital tools created a several day long pause in our work. We had to scramble to deal with insurance, that hopefully will cover new computers and to replace car windows. In the meantime we’ve borrowed one computer and rehabilitate an old decrepit one, and we’re now getting back on track.
But this little hiccup has delayed several stories, and set us back on our heels. And for that we apologize to our readers. For the last 18 months, we’ve been trying to provide you with the kind of independent news we think Mendo deserves on that shoestring budget, but this theft has forced us to hit pause — though we hope to be back up to full steam by Friday.
Given all this, if you’ve ever thought about supporting us, or subscribing, now would be a good time!
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Thanks for reading,
Kate B. Maxwell, Publisher
A.F. Baumann, Managing Editor