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The Times names Sarah Arney as news editor
ARLINGTON Hometown hero Sarah Arney has been promoted to news editor of the Arlington Times to put more personality in to the pages.
Publisher Kris Passey readily acknowledged that he may have outdone himself with the appointment of Arney, a longtime employee of the community newspaper.
Passey said he was responding to input from community members who were invited to dish on what they expected from their local paper. Passey is an Marysville resident and his Sun News Corporation also publishes The Marysville Globe and two business journals in Washington state in addition to other papers in Idaho and Utah. He recently directed that citizen advisory boards be formed to pick the brains of his readers and customers so the papers staff was clear on what the community wanted. The first meeting of The Arlington Times RAB will be Feb. 22 at 4 p.m., at the office of The Arlington Times.
We just want to make sure that the newspaper has what the community wants in it, Passey said.
Many editions report on the activities of the city or county government or the police logs, but the community members want to see the faces and hear the stories of the residents they know from the grocery store and trips to the post office. Passey conceded that recently the Times may not have done justice to the individual nature of the Arlington community.
Hence the appointment of Arney, who was raised on Orcas Island during her first decade before moving to the Arlington area and the family farm. The Oso resident is excited about her new gig and vows to make a difference.
Its been my mission, its been assigned to me to put more people in the paper, to have more business news around all of Arlington, not just downtown, Arney said.
While the paper will still cover the usual staples such as the transfer development rights that allow building on East Burn Hill while helping to preserve farmland in the Stillaguamish Valley, and the development of the 172nd Street corridor, Arney wants to show how these events affect the people of the area.
A long-time fixture in the area, Arney was named outstanding citizen of the year for 2006 by the Arlington Masonic Lodge and 2001 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, where she is a board member of the newly merged Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce. She is also a board member of the Arlington Arts Council, and the Snohomish County Arts Commission.
While her hefty Rolodex keeps her in touch with the movers and shakers in town, she said she can still be objective and fair in the coverage and play of the papers content.
She seems tuned in to the people and the unique nature of Arlington, Passey said, adding that his longtime employee is not just a booster but a steward; she doesnt want to lose the individual nature of Arlington.
Arney will continue to write and edit the Weekender section, the most read part of both newspapers, but now she will have her fingers on the pulse of the community.
Government stories are a piece of the coverage but she is committed to putting more regular people in the paper, Passey said.
Arney is a 1970 graduate of Arlington High School and earned a bachelors degree in communications, art and culture from the University of Washington and a masters degree in International Affairs from Ohio University. She served three years in Malaysia with the Peace Corps and then returned to that country on a Fulbright Grant, writing her book Malaysia Batik: Creating New Traditions. She later worked as a batik fabric designer and artist before entering the news business.
She wants to hear from readers and emphasized that the best story ideas come from the end user.
Im hoping that people will help with ideas by calling us or writing down their ideas, she said.
Reporter Kirk Boxleitner will continue to staff the city desk and managing editor Scott Frank will supervise both newspapers. To reach any of them call the Arlington Times at 360-435-5757; or fax to 360-435-0999. Email the staff at email@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail can be sent to
233 N. Olympic Avenue, Arlington, WA, 98223.