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Changes in the air and in print in the community of Sunnyside

On Sunday, May 24, 1901, a newspaper was started in a small town in central Washington.

That newspaper was the Sunnyside Sun. At that time it was probably a flatbed letterpress with handset type that cranked out the weekly pages of the local newspaper. Over the years the technology changed, going from letterpress to offset printing, which is still the norm for the industry.

In 1987 when the Sunnyside Sun and the Daily News combined to create the Daily Sun News both newspapers had a press and soon things were combined in one press plant operated offsite from the newspaper offices at 520 S. 7th St.

Then in 1996 when the press and newspaper offices moved to the recently remodeled and former C. Speck Motors building the press and offices came together under one roof.

As time went on the Goss Community Press was put to work printing more and more products and the demand for more color went with it. Some modifications have helped, but the press has seen its best years.

Now, it’s on to a new and exciting stage of printing this local community newspaper.

Come Monday, June 1, Daily Sun News’ loyal readers will see a few changes to their newspaper. The size of the page will be taller by four inches and, the registration and color reproduction will be more consistent.

“Those changes are due to the fact we are embracing a whole new method of producing your local paper,” said DSN Publisher Tim Graff.

“The press we are utilizing is a German-made KBA Comet 70 press operated by the commercial print division of the Yakima Herald-Republic.

“With today’s technology anyone can send electronic files via the internet to anywhere in the world, or in our case up the road, to print.

“This is an exciting time for us. We hope that you – the reader – will appreciate the change in quality,” Graff said.

Rest assured, Graff added, that the Daily Sun News will continue to cover the news and events for its Lower Valley readers in the same manner and with the same staff it always has had.

“It is really only a change in the manner we put ink on paper while providing our readers a better quality publication,” Graff said.

“We hope you like the change and we look forward to the next 114 years providing local news and views to our readers,” he added.

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