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Country Media acquires the Cannon Beach Gazette

New ownership becomes effective May 1

Country Media Inc., which owns half a dozen newspapers located in northwestern Oregon, has announced its acquisition of the Gazette in Cannon Beach from EO Media Group effective May 1.

“We’re particularly excited to be part of the Cannon Beach community,” said Country Media president Steve Hungerford. He and his wife, Carol, are the principal shareholders and managers of the company, which is based in Salem.

In addition to its Oregon newspapers and related websites, Country Media has owned six community newspapers in North Dakota and Montana since the year 2000.

The company began adding newspapers in Oregon when it first bought the Cannon Beach Gazette in 2006. In 2013, Country Media sold the newspaper to EO Media Group as part of a transaction involving multiple properties. “And now,” said Steve Hungerford, “the Gazette is back in the fold.”

Cannon Beach was the Hungerfords’ first Oregon residence after they relocated from the Midwest in 2006. While living there, Carol Hungerford served as president of the Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, and was an active volunteer with the “Stormy Weather Arts Festival” and “Sandcastle Days’ events, among other community activities.

Country Media’s other Oregon newspapers include the North Coast Citizen in Manzanita, the Tillamook Headlight Herald, Lincoln City News Guard, St. Helens Chronicle, and The Chief in Clatskanie.