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The staff at Feather Publishing Co. gathered last Thursday morning to honor and thank Mountain Messenger’s Don Russell, right, on his last day as editor and publisher of Downieville’s historic 166-year-old newspaper. Russell said he was ready to write the obituary for California’s oldest weekly paper, but at the 11th hour Carl Butz, who also lives in Downieville, stepped in and bought the paper and will continue its legacy. The Messenger has been printed at Feather Publishing Co.’s plant in Quincy every week for nearly 40 years. Butz said he doesn’t plan to make any changes to the paper’s local content other than to get more involvement from the community. Photo by Victoria Metcalf