Sierra Vista Herald

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Sierra Vista Herald
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Wick Communications
Publisher Phil Vega
Editor Eric Petermann
Founded 1955
Language English
Headquarters 102 Fab Avenue
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
United States
ISSN 8750-3891

The Sierra Vista Herald is a newspaper printed in Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA. Most of its circulation goes to Sierra Vista, Huachuca City, Hereford, Palominas, and Fort Huachuca. It is also circulated in Bisbee, under the name Bisbee Daily Review.


Ky Richards Jr. and his wife, Lois Richards, originally from Hawaii, started printing the Huachuca Herald on Fridays starting October 7, 1955. They put out the first editions on a typewriter, composing stories on their kitchen table. On Oct. 8, 1967, the couple started printing the paper twice a week. At that time, the newspaper hit the streets on Sundays and Wednesdays.

On May 22, 1968, the couple sold the newspaper to Sig H. Atkinson of Chandler and Milton I. Wick, founder of Wick Communications. The Sierra Vista Herald started publishing via offset with 3,000 subscribers in 1968. In 1969, the Herald merged with the Douglas Daily Dispatch, forming the Sierra Vista Herald-Dispatch. Meanwhile, over in Bisbee, AZ , Bill Epler bought the Bisbee newspaper from Phelps Dodge in 1971 and changed it from a daily to a weekly. He sold it to the Wick family in 1974. It became a daily on October 4, 1976, when Walt M. Wick and Milton I. Wick were publishers of the Herald. They combined the Herald with the Bisbee Daily Review. In 1976, the newspaper added Associated Press wire service news and began publishing five days a week. On June 14, 1981, a Sunday edition was added. In 2004, the Herald changed into a morning, seven-days-a-week newspaper. The Herald celebrated their 50th anniversary on Oct. 7 , 2005.

The Herald building has undergone a series of additions since the first office was built at 102 Fab Avenue in 1961. It was expanded by 1,800 square feet (170 m2) in 1968. In 1975, a new press room and business offices were added, with the area of the building going from 4,907 square feet (455.9 m2) up to 8,400 square feet (780 m2). In 1985, extra newsprint storage was needed, so an additional 1,862 square feet (173.0 m2) was added. In 1996 the front office/classified spaces/spaced was built. In 2004, a new press room facility opened. The Hager Building at 400 Veterans Drive added 9,100 square feet (850 m2) to the newspaper's still-growing facilities. Along with the new building came a new press with more color capability and a higher printing speed.

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