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GVG ends publication

After nearly three years of distribution, the Golden Valley Gazette will publish its last issue on Wednesday.

Western News&Info Inc., which owns the Golden Valley Gazette, made the decision to close the doors just two months shy of three years in operation.

"With the dramatic downturn in the economy, we simply weren't getting enough advertising support to keep the Gazette going," Donna Peairs said.

During its whole run, Peairs served as managing editor and reporter. She started with The Kingman Daily Miner, also owned by Western News&Info Inc., in April of 2005.

"While I loved my job as Miner crimes and cops reporter, I thought it might be nice to stretch my wings and see if I had learned enough in my 20 years in journalism to make a new newspaper fly," Peairs said. "I was excited and terrified at the same time, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the old saying goes."

Described as ecstatic upon learning she obtained the position, she was an integral piece in the publication of the first issue on Oct. 5, 2005. Her personal touch can be seen in the last issue.

"... the Golden Valley Gazette has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," Peairs said.

"I have met some of the most fascinating people and wonderful people. I even married one of them!"

Peairs will return to work with the Miner after a leave of absence.

"I look forward to working with Managing Editor Mark Borgard and his crew," Peairs said.

"He has some talented reporters under his command, and it will be fun to share the banter and exchange of ideas in the newsroom again."