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Phone: 831-438-2500
Fax: 831-438-4114
E-mail: pbeditor@pressbanner.com or pbads@pressbanner.com


Mail press releases, other news items and other news items to the Press-Banner, 5215 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste. F, Scotts Valley 95066.


We mail the Press-Banner on Fridays to homes in Scotts Valley, Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek and Pasatiempo for free. Subscriptions are $52 a year delivered inside or outside of the county. Subscriptions must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. The paper is also available at some businesses and post offices in Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley.


To place a display or classified ad, contact the Press-Banner for an advertising account executive. Deadline is noon Tuesday the week of publication.


If you have news or sports tips, press releases, story ideas, comments, questions or errors to report, editor Jon Chown would be happy to talk to you. E-mail pbeditor@pressbanner.com. Other staff members include Joe Shreve, news reporter, and Lucjan Szewczyk, photographer.


Contributions published on our Opinion pages reflect the opinions of the authors. Our editorials represent the opinions of the newspaper owners and the editorial board.

We welcome your letters to the editor and commentaries on subjects of current local interest. Mail, drop off or e-mail letters to pbeditor@pressbanner.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Letters must include the writer’s name and city (for publication) and telephone number (for verification). We reserve the right to edit all letters, which will be printed as space permits. Letters have a 300-word limit and commentaries a 600-word limit.


We make every effort to avoid errors in advertisements and stories. However, mistakes do slip through. To report errors, call us as soon as possible, and we will try to correct them.


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We encourage a free and open exchange of ideas. You are solely responsible for your content, and we act as a passive medium for your online distribution of that content. Pressbanner.com reserves the right, but does not assume any obligation, to monitor your online conduct. Pressbanner.com reserves the right to remove any content that in our view is harmful to minors, abusive, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. Registrants shall not misrepresent their identity nor impersonate any person and shall not provide any information that is false, misleading or inaccurate. Registrants shall not present themselves as sponsored by, endorsed by or affiliated with the Press-Banner. Without limitation, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to and use of the site if, in our view, your conduct fails to meet the online conduct code.


If your newspaper doesn’t arrive in the mail or you would like to stop your newspaper, don’t hesitate to let us know.
We also have extra copies in our office if you need them.


The office of the Press-Banner is at 5215 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste. F, Scotts Valley. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


The Press-Banner is co-published by Will Fleet and Ralph Alldredge, who purchased the newspaper from the Matthews family in 2012. They took over publication Nov. 12 under the name Tank Town Media, and introduced themselves to the community:

“We appreciate all of the good wishes they have extended to us as new owners of the Press-Banner.

But no community newspaper is truly owned by the people whose names appear on the masthead. It belongs to the entire community, because it cannot survive without the support and participation of readers, advertisers and the community at large. All of our plans for the Press-Banner are built upon that fundamental truth. ...

We invite you to join us in developing the kind of relationship between the Press-Banner and its community which helps both grow and prosper.”

The Press-Banner has been dedicated to covering the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley for more than 50 years. It was first published Dec. 2, 1960 as the Valley Press, and purchased by the Matthews family in 2005, and operated by the Matthews family until its sale in 2012. Today, it remains for thousands of people the prime source of news and information about Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley. Tank Town Media also owns and runs other weekly papers, including the Tracy Press and Patterson Irrigator.


Send address changes to Press-Banner, 5215 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste. F, Scotts Valley 95066, or call 831-438-2500.