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The Yakima Herald-Republic Announces Employee Layoffs

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YAKIMA, Wash-- The Yakima Herald-Republic, like many businesses, is falling victim to the slumping economy. Friday they announced employee cuts. The paper blames a decline in revenue from advertisements. 

Four to six people may lose their job, one of the positions is a copy editor, others haven't been announced.

The paper's publisher, Michael Shepard, said the decision to make the cuts is based locally. Not because of the struggles seen at the Seattle Times, the Herald's parent company. 

Like many papers the Herald has downsized it's reach over the last few years, cutting special publications and closing a Lower Valley bureau. 

Shepard hopes the most recent cuts will be sufficient, but makes no promises for the future. "Our goal is that to have the changes that we made be all the changes the we need to make, but these are challenging time so I don't know what's going to happen," said Shepard.

There is some good news in the Herald's future, a new source of revenue. The company will now be printing The Daily Record of Ellensburg. The Record could no longer afford to print using its aging printing press. 

Shepard said the Herald is doing better than many other papers across the nation, as the entire newspaper industry has seen layoffs, cuts and closures.