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New press for the Tribune

Michael S. Green, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Start the presses!

The Tahoe Daily Tribune will turn the next page in its colorful history when Monday’s edition rolls off a new printing press.

“We’re excited about the new press,” said Arne Hoel, interim publisher of the Tribune. “The project is three years in the making. We’re looking to further enhance the quality of our product to meet the needs of our readers and advertisers.”

Representing an investment of $3.5 million, the 16-unit Dauphin Graphic Machines (DGM) press sits in the new central production facility for Mount Rose Publishing Co. in Carson City. The Nevada Appeal, a sister publication to the Tribune, will finish moving to the Mallory Way building next month.

The DGM press replaces a Goss Community press, part of which dates to the 1970s when it was used to print the Tribune in South Lake Tahoe. The new press is capable of printing 40,000 28-page broadsheet newspapers per hour.

Test runs began in January and the conversion should be complete next week. The Action and real estate tabs in this edition of the Tribune were printed on the new press Thursday.

“Things are looking pretty bright,” said Pat Nealy, production director for Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers. “We’ve actually got the press running pretty well. With DGM’s help, I think we can move forward and do a good job.”

In addition to the Tribune and Appeal, the new press will print the Sierra Sun in Truckee, the Tahoe World in Tahoe City, the Record-Courier in Gardnerville and the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza in Incline Village.

While the transition is going smoothly, it’s no easy task to fine-tune huge machines with ink trains, oscillators and pneumatic controls. The newspaper has allotted extra time for production but there could be short-term problems with print quality or delivery times. With early deadlines in effect, the paper also will miss some late-breaking news stories and sports scores.

“Please bear with us,” Hoel said. “We have lots of folks working very hard to get this done with a minimum of disruption.”

For questions on delivery or news content, please call (530) 541-3880. Comments or questions also may be sent to tribune@tahoe.com.


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