Mike and Keri Taborski have sold Feather Publishing Co. to one of their longtime employees, Cobey Brown, and his wife, Susan. The sale includes all the stock and assets in the corporation in addition to the real property on Lawrence Street in Quincy.
The Taborskis, who began their newspaper careers with the local publishing company in 1974, said they have enjoyed the challenges and responsibilities of being not only the publishers of Plumas and Lassen counties’ six community newspapers — which include the Feather River Bulletin in Quincy, Indian Valley Record in Greenville, Chester Progressive, Portola Reporter, Westwood PinePress and Lassen Co. Times in Susanville — but one of the largest private employers in the region as well. “It’s been a tremendously rewarding experience for Keri and I but we realized that it was time for a change. Since we’ve known and worked with Cobey for decades, we are confident that he will continue serving the region with quality print publications and informative news websites,” said Mike Taborski, who plans to continue being involved with the company as a consultant during this transition.
Brown, now assuming the role as the firm’s president and publisher, has been with the company for 32 years and most recently held the title of vice president of operations. “This is a great opportunity for Sue and I. We are looking forward to working through these most challenging economic times while providing the community with quality news products and specialty publications with the support of my fellow co-workers, many of whom have been here with us through most of the past three decades, some longer,” Brown said.
Because of COVID-19, the newspapers print editions were suspended in April due to the immediate decline in local advertising revenue, which is the lifeblood of any newspaper operation, and are unfortunately in a “holding pattern” until the local economy shows some real positive signs of recovery. Brown understands the important role newspapers play in their community and the jobs that are potentially at stake.
In the meantime, Plumas County Editor Debra Moore continues to cover as much in the county as she can posting local stories and breaking news on the plumasnews.com website as is Lassen County Editor Sam Williams on lassennews.com
Looking ahead Brown said he will continue running the print shop providing customers with their printing needs. He will also continue producing several of the regions’ well established niche publications that include the Plumas and Lassen County map booklets, the Plumas Lassen Connection telephone book, the Home for the Holidays Christmas magazine in Lassen County, and next season’s Plumas Visitors Guide and Lassen Visitors Guide and the Plumas Dining Guide.