The Sierra Vista Herald
102 Fab Ave
Sierra Vista, AZ. 85635
Publisher- Francis Wick
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Managing Editor- Eric Petermann
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Assistant GM, columnist- Pat Wick
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Design Editor- Bethany Strunk
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Assistant Managing Editor- Matt Hickman
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Sierra Vista City Government/Education- Adam Curtis
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Military/columnist - Bill Hess
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Law Enforcement/Courts- Derek Jordan
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Sports, General Assignment Reporter — Robert Charette
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Bisbee Reporter- Shar Porier
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Photographers- Mark Levy, Beatrice Richardson
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Sales Director - Becky Bjork
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Classified Manager - Nancy Bernard
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Business Manager- Joan Hancock
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Administrative Assistant- Pamela McElroy
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Production Foreman- Rhett Hartgrove
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Circulation Customer Service
Didn’t receive your paper?
Call us before 10 a.m. and we will have one brought to you (in most delivery areas), or will credit your account.
Going on vacation?
Call us with your start and stop dates (or use this form) and we will inform your carrier.
Please call before 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for “next day” vacation stops, and before 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
We offer three options to to arrange your vacation time:
• Ask us to extend your subscription for the days you are on vacation.
• Ask us to donate your vacation days to Newspapers in Education, which provides newspapers for use in the classroom to schools throughout Cochise County. Your expiration date will not change.
• Ask for a “Vacation Pack” and your carrier will hold all of the papers while you are gone. Your subscription date will not change.
Circulation- Jeremy Feldman
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History of the Sierra Vista Herald
Ky Richards Jr. and his wife, Lois, started printing the Huachuca Herald on Fridays starting Oct. 7, 1955. They put out the first editions on a typewriter, composing stories on their kitchen table. They had come from Hawaii and Lois wore a muumuu while selling ads. She also was pregnant.
The couple decided to start printing the paper twice a week and did so starting Oct. 8, 1967. At that time, the newspaper hit the streets on Sundays and Wednesdays.
On May 22, 1968, the couple sold the newspaper to Sig H. Atkinson of Chandler and Milton Wick, founder of Wick Communications.
On Aug. 21, 1968, there was a new printing process installed called offset printing. It is still used across the world today. The Herald started publishing via offset with 3,000 subscribers in 1968.
By 1969, the community was big enough that the Herald could merge with the Douglas Daily Dispatch, forming the Sierra Vista Herald-Dispatch, a name many people who have lived here long enough still call us to this day.
Meanwhile, over in Bisbee, Bill Epler bought the Bisbee newspaper from Phelps Dodge in 1971 and changed it from a daily newspaper to a weekly. He sold the newspaper to the Wick family in 1974 and it was changed back to a daily on Oct. 4, 1976, when Walt Wick and Milton Wick were publishers of the Herald. At that time, they combined the Herald with the Bisbee Daily Review.
In 1976, the newspaper added The Associated Press wire service news, and then it began publishing five days a week: another sign of a community on the rise.
It was nearly five years later on Sunday, June 14, 1981, that a Sunday edition was added.
The Herald building has undergone a series of additions since the first office was built at 102 Fab Ave. in 1961. It was expanded by 1,800 square feet in 1968.
In 1975, a new pressroom and business offices were added, with the area of the building going from 4,907 square feet up to 8,400 square feet
In 1985, extra newsprint storage was needed, so an additional 1,862 square feet was added. Things were quiet for a while until 1996 when the front office/classified space was built in 1996.
In 2002, a brand-new pressroom facility was built, and it opened in 2003. The Hager Building at 400 Veterans Drive added 9,100 square feet to the newspaper’s still-growing facilities. Along with the new building came a new press with much more color capability and a higher printing speed.
In 2004, the Herald changed to a morning, seven-days-a-week newspaper.
The Herald celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 7, 2005.