Seen In Natomas: New Newspaper Debuts

A new neighborhood newspaper debuted in Natomas today with several residents finding free copies of the publication on their doorsteps this morning.

The Natomas Messenger is the newest publication of the Messenger Publishing Group which also prints three other newspapers in the Sacramento-area.

The new paper’s premiere issue comes close on the heels of an announcement that long-time Natomas publication The Natomas Journal is available for sale. The monthly ceased publication when its publisher Will Craig suddenly fell ill and later died.

“The owner of the Natomas Messenger made a quick inquiry about purchasing the Journal and when he couldn’t make a deal, decided to start his own paper in Natomas,” says Kimberly Scott Robb, Craig’s mother and former Natomas Journal publisher.

While the Natomas Messenger’s first edition “has nothing to do with Natomas,” in the words of one NATOMAS BUZZ reader, publisher Paul Scholl says his goal was to put out the first issue and ultimately the paper will feature “a lot of local news.” The newspaper is slated for publication twice a month; the next issue will come out the first week in June.

When asked by THE BUZZ whether the Natomas Messenger means to fill the void left by the currently defunct Natomas Journal, Scholl says his starting the new paper was more in response to the Sacramento Union ceasing publication and going out of business.

“We are the only conservative newspaper group in the capital of the state of California,” says Scholl, adding he “invites the community to send stuff to their local newspaper.”

Meanwhile, Scott Robb says the search continues for someone interested in continuing The Natomas Journal.

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