East Oregonian Publishing Co., parent company of the Blue Mountain Eagle, has added another community newspaper to its ranks.

EOPC has purchased the North Coast Citizen, a newspaper serving Manzanita and other oceanfront communities in Tillamook and Clatsop counties with 26 issues a year. The purchase was completed July 26.

EOPC, which has been under the same family ownership since 1908, operates six newspapers and 10 websites in Oregon and Washington.

The company bought the North Coast Citizen from Dave and Jan Fisher, who have owned the paper since 2004.

The Fishers, who previously worked for EOPC in news and advertising at Capital Press in Salem, will remain in their current positions at the Citizen. Dave Fisher is editor and publisher and Jan Fisher is associate publisher in charge of advertising.

Dave Fisher said they look forward to partnering with the newspapers of the East Oregonian Publishing Co. and "continuing to improve and grow the North Coast Citizen."

Steve Forrester, president and EOPC's chief executive officer, welcomed the new publication.

"The North Coast Citizen is one of the best newspapers in our region," said Forrester. "Our newspaper group is pleased and proud to bring it into our publishing family, and we are especially grateful to gain the talent of two very smart newspaper people, Dave and Jan Fisher."

"The North Coast Citizen has become an exceptional community newspaper under the stewardship of Jan and Dave Fisher," said John S. Perry, chief operating officer for EOPC. "As part of a larger, family-owned company, the Citizen will have access to resources that will allow it to reach a larger audience and better serve its customers."

The Citizen, founded in 1966, has a paid circulation of more than 1,700.

The North Coast Citizen joins other EOPC newspapers and websites: the Chinook Observer, The Daily Astorian, the CoastWeekend.com, Seaside-Sun.com, the Blue Mountain Eagle, the East Oregonian, the Wallowa County Chieftain, and the Capital Press.

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