Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Readers write - A Special Message from!

A Special Message from
Independent Community-based Media for the Monashee


This is an email to remind you that the Monashee has a new online news venue which can be found at

We’ve been publishing within a trial period for a month now, and in this time we have broke a number of local stories – one of them went national. We’re still working to complete our site and we feel that we have only scratched the surface of news that requires reporting in this region.

My Valley Sun (MVS) is constructed under the same operating principles as American and European community-based public media, which is supported by a combination of subscriptions, advertising, sponsorships and donations. Our small market requires that MVS raise approximately $35,000 in order to bring you captivating and helpful local news and information.

Over the past year we have come to learn just how far our local government can get off the rails if residents are not engaged with setting the direction of what we would like our community to become. We need to be on top of things, which is why MVS is dedicated towards encouraging a thoughtful dialogue within our community. Presenting the real news online is one thing that will help, but we’re also producing a series of events which build ideas, connections and communication between the people of the Monashee. Our Watershed CafĂ© Series will happen on Thursday’s and we hope that you and your friends will be able to attend.

In closing, we will be sending you not only news and event updates, but also requests for support throughout this coming year. We also hope that you will become a regular contributor of content to MVS – we’re eager for your stories, ideas and observations about where you live and about the Monashee - and the world.

Thank you for your past and future support.


Don Elzer
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