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From the newsroom: Hearing from our overseas readers

By Craig Brown, Columbian Editor
Published: April 6, 2024, 6:08am

Last week, I talked about some of the ways you can get the most out of your Columbian subscription, including the ability to read our ePaper, the digital replica of the print product, wherever your smartphone or computer has internet access.

I mentioned that I like to read the ePaper when I am traveling, so that I can stay caught up on the local news, even when I am in some faraway place like Komodo Island, Indonesia, where I cruised to a few years ago. My comment prompted a couple of readers to respond with some places they’ve read The Columbian. They were really interesting, so I thought I would share:

  • Ed Pavone: “We read the online version in Cochrane, Chile. We were there three weeks to drive the Carretera Austral, 1,860 km (1,155 miles), Chile’s north/south highway. We read it daily. Cochrane was as far south as we drove.”
  • Sandra Edmonson: “For 12 years (2008-2020) I and my husband spent winters on our sailboat in Mexico, cruising in the Sea of Cortez and along the Pacific Coast, and I read the paper online almost daily. Also, in the summer of 2009, we crewed for some friends from Tahiti to Tonga and flew from there to Fiji and then back home. During that trip, I read the online Columbian in several of the Society Islands (French Polynesia), the Northern Cook Islands (my husband & I got married there), Tonga, Fiji and several times when we were underway and in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.”
  • Alisa Coats-Clemans: “While I have not read the paper in quite as exotic a location as Indonesia, I read it every morning on my iPad when I travel. The most memorable occasion for me was in June 2021. I read all about the record-breaking heat wave while I was drinking Kona coffee, sitting on the lanai looking at the Pacific Ocean in Kona, Hawaii — where it was nearly 30 degrees cooler!”
  • Peter Sydoriak: “Just finished reading your weekly column, which I do enjoy every week, in Delhi, India.”

Wow, those are some amazing destinations! But I would be happy if readers enjoyed our local journalism at the Puffin Cafe in Washougal, or Nick’s Bar & Grill in Amboy. Wherever you are, thanks for reading.

A few comments from Amy

One of the advantages of being a family-owned, independent newspaper is we don’t have to go along with the dictates from corporate headquarters. One of the disadvantages is we have to discover best practices for ourselves.

In an effort to improve our free newsletters, we recently hired a consultant to give them the once-over and come back with some suggestions.

One of the ideas was to add personality to them by making a few comments at the top that let you know we employ humans, not robots. Web Editor Amy Libby kicked things off this week with Morning Briefing, which is our most-read newsletter.

Every day, she’ll write a couple of sentences pointing readers toward what’s particularly interesting, important or unique. Here is what she wrote on Monday, which was her first effort:

“There’s been no shortage of news in Clark County the last few weeks, and Monday was no exception. Reporter Alexis Weisend had the latest on the alleged murder-for-hire plot that left a Hockinson woman dead. And Mia Ryder-Marks and Becca Robbins dug into the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Co-Responder Program, which allows deputies to call Sea Mar professionals for help on calls when someone is in need of treatment services, housing or counseling assistance.”

I like the personal touch and hope you will, too. By the way, if you want to subscribe to any of our free newsletters, including Morning Briefing, visit www.columbian.com/newsletters to sign up.