Valley Daily Post publishers Carol A. Clark, center, and Eric Vasquez, second from right, met earlier this year at the Manhattan Project Restaurant in Los Alamos with members of Española’s ‘It Takes A Valley’ community group to discuss the new newspaper. Courtesy photo
New Mexico’s newest newspaper officially began operations today in Española.
The Valley Daily Post, Inc. is an online publication co-owned by Eric Vasquez, the former REDI Program manager for the Regional Development Corporation and Carol A. Clark, owner and publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post.
Vasquez is running daily operations at the Valley Daily Post. He is married to Stephanie Garcia Richard, a teacher with Pojoaque Valley Schools and state representative for District 43.
“I was born and raised here in the Española Valley and I’ve long wanted to bring a new community focused newspaper like the Valley Daily Post to the area,” Vasquez said. “It’s a seven day a week online publication focused on community news that will provide coverage in the Española Valley from Pojoaque up to Peñasco. We want this to be the news hub for northern New Mexico and invite the community to submit local news, event announcements, photos, obituaries and Letters to the Editor to us at www.valleydailypost.com.”
Clark will continue to operate the Los Alamos Daily Post as well as oversee editorial content for the Valley Daily Post. She is an award winning journalist who worked for nine years at the Los Alamos Monitor, serving as managing editor September 2008 to January 2012, before leaving to start the Los Alamos Daily Post.
The Los Alamos Daily Post has experienced significant growth since its inception Feb. 7, 2012, and was honored March 9 by the New Mexico Legislature as the 2014 Business of the Year for Los Alamos. Los Alamos County is presenting the local online paper with a proclamation March 31 in honor of the paper’s recognition at the state level.
“A few months after starting the Los Alamos Daily Post I began receiving requests from officials and community members in Española to create a similar newspaper in the Valley,” Clark said. “I’ve been quite busy growing the Los Alamos Daily Post and the launch of the Jemez Daily Post last August in Jemez Springs. However, when Eric approached me with the idea of forming a partnership to create the Valley Daily Post; I felt that with our combined experience it really made a lot of sense.”
Clark and Vasquez will soon announce a special community event in Española to celebrate the opening of the Valley Daily Post.