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Welcome to the new year!

The Enterprise has been cooking along since 1909, chronicling the successes and the challenges of the community.

In the year ahead, we’ll keep doing that for you.

I’d like to take a moment to urge you to consider subscribing if you don’t already. Those who subscribe are critical to us – we can’t do what we do without this support. The cost for our 24-hour digital service? Just $7.50 a month.

What do we deliver?

Accurate and fairly reported news you can trust – day in, day out.

Consider just a sampling of what we did last year.

We introduced you to entrepreneurs opening new local businesses, such as the couple that started a tire store, and chronicled growing companies, such as the big expansion at Ontario’s Fry Foods.

Our teams worked nights and weekends to bring you photos of community events, from the Vale 4th of July Rodeo to the Veterans Day Parade in Ontario to a school concert in Vale.

We keep a sharp eye on government and public officials for you. Getting you information about the Treasure Valley Reload Center or Nyssa’s migrant education program gives you facts that the government otherwise wouldn’t share.

Popular and powerful public figures have a special duty to be transparent with the public. Their power doesn’t deter us from reporting on their actions, whether its Congressman Cliff Bentz’s stand on Owyhee matters or the foreign trip taken by state Sen. Lynn Findley and state Rep. Mark Owens with the tab picked up by special interests.

Under our standards, those we write about get every chance to answer questions. When they duck, we’ll tell you, as happened recently with Nikki Albisu, superintendent of the Ontario School District. Citizens need to know when such public officials try to manage the information you get.

And we put considerable resources into spotlighting community issues. The best example of that was our series “Children of Poverty.” Working with a reporting team from the University of Southern California’s acclaimed journalism school, the Enterprise took you deep into an issue that should matter to every person in Malheur County.

No other news organization works as hard to watch over these matters for you. That’s our duty – and that’s why Founding Fathers provided for freedom of the press. Government can’t control us as much as some leaders would like. Truth is always our goal.

Our team does this work always with another goal in mind – to earn and keep your trust. We understand many people have doubts about what they read these days. Or they read what suits their tastes, disregarding flashing signs that material found elsewhere is distorted or simply made up.

When you read an Enterprise story, you can trust we’ve been careful about the facts and clear in our presentation. When we make a mistake, we’ll own it and fix it.

You no doubt are aware of the immense challenges facing local journalism. Newspapers and media organizations are shaving their operations – or just closing.

When that happens, citizens lose access to needed information. Government and special interests take over the job of delivering “news.” They share what they want, spinning the facts.

At the Enterprise, we remain vigilant. In the year ahead, we will continue to deliver quality journalism, done by professionals. We don’t simply publish government’s press releases verbatim.

Buy we can’t do this work for free.

Today, I’m asking you to join our team of subscribers.

A monthly digital subscription costs just $7.50.

For that sum, you get around-the-clock access to our stories. You can catch up anytime you want. You get a weekly newsletter delivered to your email, rounding up the latest headlines.

Signing up and paying is easy – just click HERE.

We want to keep being the community’s most trusted source for local news. With you subscription today, you can help make that happen.

From all of us at the Enterprise, thank you for considering this request.

-Les Zaitz, editor and publisher ([email protected])

PS: Already a subscriber? Make a one-time donation to our News Fund to help cover the costs of getting public records and other news-gathering costs.

Publisher Les Zaitz