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Edmonds Beacon celebrating 20 years this month


December 13, 2018

This month, the Edmonds Beacon celebrates the start, 20 years ago, of bringing the news to town and continuing a tradition of providing a newspaper to residents for more than 100 years.

It was in December 1998 that Mukilteo Beacon Publisher Paul Archipley purchased the biweekly Edmonds Paper from Daniel Woodside, who had founded in 12 years earlier.

After keeping the name of the publication for two years, the first edition of the renamed Edmonds Beacon was published in January 2001.

"When we started Beacon Publishing in 1992 with our first newspaper in Mukilteo, we patterned it in part on The Edmonds Paper, which had been publishing since 1986,” Archipley said.

“So when the previous owner asked if I’d be interested in buying his company, I jumped at the chance. Beacon Publishing has since grown to three community newspapers and, while they are similar in look and style, we know the key to success is to focus on each community separately. Our mantra is local, local, local.”

Archipley had a communications degree from Cal State Fullerton, an internship at the Los Angeles Times and experience as a reporter, photographer and copy editor at several small and large Southern California newspapers.

After renaming the paper and taking control as publisher, Archipley decided to keep the Edmonds Paper’s Al Hooper as editor. Archipley opened the Beacon’s office on Fifth Avenue South and, later, in Firdale Village, for several years, but finally moved all of Beacon Publishing’s papers – which now includes the twice-monthly Mill Creek Beacon – to a single office in Mukilteo.

Hooper continued as editor for several years, and he wrote his popular “City Lights” column.

Hooper, who died earlier this year, was succeeded by Pat Ratliff, Laura Daniali and the current editor, Brian Soergel.

In 2013, Archipley was named the Herald Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

"People want to know what’s going on where they live and, whether on paper or online, the Beacon can’t be beat for comprehensive coverage,” he said. “We’re proud to be an integral part of the Edmonds community."


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