5/19/2017 12:35:00 PM
Open house to celebrate 125 years of the Custer County Chief

Lance Coon explains how the press operates

A great turnout to the Custer County Chief’s 125th Anniversary celebration open house. The staff served lunch and gave tours of the facility.

David White works in the basement and receives PDFs from the newsroom. Then, he creates the aluminum plates and negatives used for the presses.

From there, Pressman Lance Coon prints the weekly paper and the Extra on presses from the 1950s and 1980s. Recycled rolls of paper weighing 750 pounds are used for printing, along with soy-based ink.

The Chief appreciates the tradition of news printing and there is no digital printing at the Chief like many other papers today. Coon calls the press “a big rotating stamp.”

Mary Kay Prices has lived in Broken Bow for 63 years and loves the community news she receives from sources like the Chief.

Publisher Bill Parsons and all of the staff did a wonderful job hosting the event, with the help of Black Hills Energy who grilled the hot dogs. Melisa Garcia said Black Hills wanted to come out and help because the Chief staff needed to spend time celebrating with their loyal readers and customers.

A big thank you to the Custer County Chief!


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