‘Ely Times’ Goss Community Supplies Parts for ‘Sparks Tribune’ Press

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By: E&P Staff

Unused for several years, with printing now performed at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Ely (Nevada) Times‘ Goss community press has been dismantled and sent to the Sparks Tribune, where Press Foreman Shawn Traylor told Ely Times city editor Patrick Timothy Mullikin he was happy “just to have it here, for the parts.”

Former Times Publisher George Carnes, ad manager when the press was installed (replacing a 1920 Goss letterpress), called it “a sign of the times that all your small independent newspapers are being printed in printing centers.” Often running the press himself, Carnes said he trained many operators and became expert at repairs, according to the Sept.1 Times story.

Press or no press, Carnes remains optimistic about smaller papers’ future. “I can’t see them ever going out for one reason: In a town like this you want news of who got married, crimes, accidents, stories that have a personal touch. You want your local town news, church meetings, new buildings and things like that,” he’s quoted saying. “You want news about the school board, county commission, the city council. Really, that’s all you’re interested in here.”

Paging through a brittle special section from 1963, he told Mullikin, “Everything’s changed so dang much.”

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