Kuna Melba News is pleased to welcome Mark Barnes as the new editor. Barnes has many years of publishing experience in various roles such as art director, reporter and editor. With a journalism degree from Texas A&M he settled in Dallas, Texas, where he was the art director for several arts & entertainment and family publications. There, he was founding editor for Spirits & Cocktails magazine and design director for several other college sports and extreme sports magazines. Moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, he became the creative director for the newspaper division of Greenspun Media. In 2001 he moved to Boise, Idaho, after he and his wife purchased Boise Weekly. After serving as editor-in-chief for 6 years, he sold the paper to his partner and pursued several other career directions including urban market gardening, managing an organic nursery, and a short stint as a newspaper publisher in Anchorage, Alaska. Recently, he has been operating a small boutique letterpress shop in downtown Boise printing posters, invitations and cards using antique lead type and 80-year-old presses. He likes to hunt, fish and enjoy Idaho’s outdoors.
“I grew up in small communities, participating in 4H and living on small farms on the outskirts of town,” Barnes said. “We had sheep, pigs, a truck garden and sold vegetables at the local farmer’s market. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to cover a small community like the towns where I grew up.”
“I’ve discussed with the staff how we can make the Kuna Melba News a better paper and I encourage the public to drop me a line with suggestions on what we can do better including story ideas or issues we can consider. This week you’ll find information about our new column called ‘Grapevine’ which is for residents to send in their announcements such as births, life events, marriages, divorces, deaths, congratulations and kudos. We encourage residents to send in their hunting and fishing trophy photos too. In a few week’s we’ll be starting a gardening column.”
“With newspapers shrinking and dying across the country, small town papers are more important than ever. I can’t stress how important a small town paper is to the community. Honest debate in the form of letters to the editor is a staple in small communities and I want to see more. Local papers are the historical record of a community and the public is its lifeblood. I encourage you to renew your subscriptions. Get one for your grandparents. Support local businesses that advertise with us because more advertisers allow us to have more coverage. I’d love to see this paper grow and I’m sure our readers do as well.”
You can email Mark Barnes with your ideas, letters to the editor or just to chit-chat at Editor@KunaMelba.com.