Deer Lake council displeased with office closure

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Council is not impressed with the closure of The Western Star’s Deer Lake office and the town plans to make its concerns known to the media company.

Announced last week, the Main Street editorial office will close at the end of this month, with the local reporter being moved to Corner Brook. The Western Star’s managing editor Troy Turner said coverage plans for the area have not changed at all, and that the decision was not made lightly. Deer Lake, along with other areas serviced by the local office, will be covered the same with the help of new technology.

Mayor Dean Ball seemed to have the strongest feelings about the move.

“It’s obvious The Western Star does not see any value in Deer Lake, or they would keep an office and a reporter in Deer Lake,” said Ball.

Coun. Jean Young said during Monday’s public meeting that she wanted to see a letter sent to the paper in the next week with concerns about coverage for the area as a result of the move.

Coun. Elmo Bingle said the newspaper simply made a business decision, and added that there are other businesses that have closed their doors for simple economics.

Residents can still reach reporter Paul Hutchings at 636-3534 or Turner at 637-4667.

*** Edited Feb. 26 ***

Organizations: Deer Lake council

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Western Star, Corner Brook

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