Gary Milks and Kevin Ashby are joining Gold Country Media as publisher and chief operating officer of Gold Country Printing, respectively.
Milks, formerly the publisher of News West Publishing Co., will be responsible for leadership of the flagship newspaper Auburn (Calif.) Journal and all other Gold Country publications, both print and digital. He began his newspaper career delivering proofs in the advertising department of the Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin. He steadily advanced through sales and management positions at newspapers in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota, along with South Lake Tahoe. He later joined Brehm Communications, Inc., owner of Gold Country Media and Cold Country Printing, as a group publisher for Brehm-owned Mississippi Valley Media, based in Iowa, and then advanced to become group publisher for News West in 2011.
Kevin Ashby is the former publisher of the Vernal Express and Uintah Basin Standard in Utah. He started working on presses at his family’s paper in Castledale, Utah, at the age of 10. He has more than 40 years of experience as a publisher and owner of both weekly and daily community newspapers, along with five years’ experience as the general manager of a large commercial printing operation in Preston, Idaho.