Since its inception nearly seven years ago, the Portland Tribune has been invested in providing unique, complete and balanced stories for and about people who live in this city.

It's a mission we take very seriously.

And it's been a hit, locally and nationally. While other papers are offering buyouts or laying people off, the Portland Tribune, twice named the nation's best nondaily newspaper, recently has added reporters and other newspaper personnel.

All of that leads to the ability to produce even more of the stories you've come to depend on from us.

The Portland Tribune also has a commitment to sustainability and wants to make certain it makes the best use of the paper you're holding in your hands. For that reason, we've decided that, beginning with this issue, we will not be able to devote the half-page of space it takes to print our puzzles.

We realize that with a good many readers this will be an unpopular decision. We apologize for the inconvenience but ask you to understand that we will be using that space to provide important and compelling Portland stories.

If you wish to comment on the decision, please feel free to do so by contacting Editor Dwight Jaynes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling him, 503-546-5151.

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