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News-Times Memories: The 1990s

Past News-Times employees reminisce.

Major changes took place during the 10 years I was editor at the News-Times.

We started the 1990s with non-windows, non-computer word processors and took photos with negative film in old cameras.

We ended the '90s using windows computers with graphic design software. The new century also brought the beginning of digital images and the eventual end of darkroom photo work.

Along with the weekly newspaper, the News-Times staff was assisted by staffers of local retirement homes to produce the monthly senior newspaper. Assistance also was offered during my final five years at the News-Times by Kristin Ludwig, who helped produce a newspaper for Spanish-speaking residents.

Now halfway through my 22nd year with this company - after nine years at the West Linn Tidings and three at the Sandy Post - I remember my years at the News-Times as a time when I experienced the true meaning of family, from my staff members to church friends and local residents.

Forest Grove will always be for me a small town filled with people who care about their neighbors.

- Jim Hart was the News-Times editor from 1990 to 1999. He now writes for the Sandy Post.

When I came on board at the News-Times in the late 1990s, it was a big period of transition for the newspaper.

When I arrived, stories and photos were still being printed out individually and then waxed, cut and pasted onto the pages. By the time I left, we were all using Quark to design pages and streamlining the process of production. This was happening just as newspapers were beginning to consider what was taking place with the Internet, and its repercussions on print media, which it turns out would be even more profound than we first imagined.

But even as we were adjusting to new technology and the changes that the Web would bring, our focus on providing high quality community news did not change. It's the reason why News-Times readers remain loyal to the paper today, because reporters still provide relevant, timely news which can't be found through any other outlet. Keeping that commitment to strong storytelling and being the eyes, and voice, of the community, is what will carry the News-Times into the future, no matter what the next wave of technological changes brings.

- Theresa Hogue left the News-Times for the Corvallis Gazette-Times. She now works for Oregon State University.