Michelle and Vince Lovato have a combined 60 years of journalism and marketing experience.
We discovered the mystic paradise of Western Montana in the Spring of 2014 and, with our adult daughters all out of college and on their own, we decided this was the last best place on Earth to work and retire.
We started an upscale magazine in 2015 and while researching the ideas of creating a Visit Bigfork section in the magazine, many Bigfork residents said they would love to have a locally owned and operated newspaper just for Bigfork.
Well, there is nothing in the world we love more than creating or operating a community newspaper.
And...The Beagle Has Landed!
WHAT DO WE WANT!?
This is your newspaper and we want and need your input.
We want tips on news and photo ops, calendar items, pictures from locals as they tour the world or our back yard.
We want to cover the schools with more names and interesting photos and stories than any other area papers can or want to do.
We want student submissions that can go directly into the newspaper. Simple stuff about cool class projects, fields trips or a pie-eating contest. We want all grades to contribute as, in the past, we’ve had a writer as young as 7 years old and a 4-year-old photographer.
We want Letters to the Editor that are thoughtful, thankful and create engaging dialogue.
We want coaches, parents, kids to submit anything and everything that features a pack of locals doing something interesting.
WHAT DO WE COVER?
We will do sports and student events but what we really want to do is discover the mystical stories we’ve only ever found here.
People come to Bigfork to escape or find freedom. We will cover the movers and shakers, but we also want the fringe element, the people who make this little berg so interesting.
We hope to cover faith, with features about people who inspire those who surround them.
FREE PERSONAL CLASSIFIED ADS
We want to be the community watering hole so we want you to place your personal classified ads in our newspaper and email campaigns and on our website, Facebook pages and email campaigns.
Commercial classifieds are just $25 an issue for 30 words and a picture.
Our experience tells us that a weekly newspaper can be too expensive for a small town to handle and we do not believe in gouging the very businesses we count on to keep us barking. So, instead of 52 issues a year, we will print nine issues a year and support that with social media and our website and email campaigns. Our company structure keeps our rates very low and very effective when compared with other forms of media and we like it that way. It also means no one advertising partner is more important than any other.
PUBLICATION DATES 2016-17
(Skip July & August)
We will skip January because small business owners are wiped out and kids are out of school. Instead of a newspaper in the summer, we have been approached to publish a Visitor’s Guide instead.
OF COURSE, WE NEED ADVERTISING
We expect most of our revenues to come from the Kalispell area from companies that will serve our readers with goods and services we can’t find in Bigfork, thus making our paper useful to businesses and our readers.
Once we are up and running, we will become part of the community by lecturing at schools, volunteering for community projects, sponsoring youth teams and organizations and lots more.
We Believe a vibrant village like Bigfork deserves a local paper that sticks around for a century or so.
The Beagle Has Landed and we hope it will dig in.