From left, Valley Daily Post (VDP) Co-founder/Publisher Carol A. Clark, new Operating Manager/Majority Owner James Mountain and Co-founder Eric Vasquez signing documents Wednesday that transfer majority ownership of the VDP to Mountain. Clark and Vazquez launched the VDP in March 2015. Clark, Vasquez and James Chrobocinski will maintain minority shares in the VDP newspaper. Clark remains sole owner of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
It’s official … with a stroke of the pen Wednesday night, my co-founder Eric Vazquez and I transferred majority ownership of the Valley Daily Post (VDP) to our longtime colleague, friend and former San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor James Mountain.
“This is huge, historic … a media outlet that has a Native American interest. I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to work with such great people,” Mountain said. “Ms. Clark is the standard in the industry and has set the bar, and Mr. Vasquez is the consummate professional. I am honored to have these two by my side as I take on this new endeavor.”
Eric and I launched the VDP in March 2015 as a seven-day-a-week online publication focused on community news in the Española Valley from Pojoaque up to Peñasco. Since its inception, Eric has run daily operations of the newspaper until his recent appointment as executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.
“I have been extremely busy in my new position with the RCLC and Carol is as busy as ever running her Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper, so we decided it was time to find just the right person to take the reins of the VDP and James fits the bill,” Vasquez said. “He has exciting plans for the paper, and we are confident we are placing ‘our baby’ in good hands.”
Both Clark and Vasquez, who is married to State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, have known Mountain for more than a decade. Vasquez will focus on his duties at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and Clark will continue operating the Los Alamos Daily Post and provide editorial content assistance to Mountain for the Valley Daily Post.
The community is invited to submit local news, event announcements, photos, obituaries and Letters to the Editor to the VDP at www.valleydailypost.com.
Mountain can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.412.3974.