Feather Publishing sold to longtime employee
Mike and Keri Taborski have sold the assets of Quincy-based Feather Publishing Co. to Cobey Brown and his wife, Susan, the Feather River Bulletinreports.
The company had published six community weeklies prior to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders: The Bulletin in Quincy, Indian Valley Record in Greenville, Chester Progressive, Portola Reporter, Westwood PinePress and Lassen Co. Times in Susanville.
Cobey Brown is a 32-year veteran of the company and had been VP of Operations. He becomes president and publisher.
“This is a great opportunity for Sue and I,” Cobey Brown said in the article. “We are looking forward to working through these most challenging economic times while providing the community with quality news products and specialty publications with the support of my fellow co-workers, many of whom have been here with us through most of the past three decades, some longer.”
The company continues to provide daily news updates on its websites, and Cobey Brown told CNPA on Tuesday that short-term plans are to focus on the company’s visitor guides, map books and telephone directory.
Though local advertising, whose falloff led the company to pause its printing in April, is not going to rebound immediately, Brown does not rule out a new, printed product that includes news and features down the road.
“We have a plan; we all have the experience to do it,” he said.
Mike and Keri Taborski had been part of the company since 1974. It had been operated by Everett and Faye Bey, Keri’s parents, from 1968 to 1983. Ev Bey was CNPA president in 1984.
Mike Taborski served as a member of the CNPA Board of Directors for some three decades. Taborski will consult for the new ownership. (Feather Publishing photo by Debra Moore)