Pioneer News Group, the Seattle company that owns the Idaho Press-Tribune, plans to purchase the Kuna Melba News. Pioneer is buying the weekly paper from Bellevue, Wash.-based RIM Publications.
Pioneer News Group is a family-owned company with 23 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Oregon, including the Emmett Messenger-Index.
Pioneer said in a prepared statement that Kuna Melba News will have a new design, a larger broadsheet page format and expanded coverage of city government, schools, business and the community starting the week of May 4.
“Communities deserve a local newspaper that they can be proud of, and we hope that the residents of Kuna and Melba will embrace this change in ownership,” said Idaho Press-Tribune President and Publisher Matt Davison in the statement.
Press-Tribune Editor Scott McIntosh owned the Kuna Melba News from 2006 to 2011. The paper was started in 1982.
“Owning the Kuna Melba News was a labor of love for me for those five years, and I am excited for the opportunity to bring it back to the award-winning newspaper it once was,” he said.
The Kuna Melba News will be a publication of the Idaho Press-Tribune and will be distributed each week to its current subscribers and over the counter at several locations in Kuna and Melba, Pioneer said. Reporter Danielle Wiley, a reporter for Idaho Press-Tribune for the past year, will be the primary reporter for the Kuna Melba News.
The Idaho Press-Tribune operates a press where the Kuna Melba News will be printed, along with other publications, including the Idaho Statesman, the Boise Weekly, the Idaho Mountain Express and American Classifieds.