"Navy, Kitsap Newspaper Group launch Navigator"

"Beginning Aug. 4, there will be a new face greeting the 30,000-plus active military, their families, federal employees and retired veterans every Friday on bases and newsstands throughout the Kitsap Peninsula. The Navy's newest regional military newspaper, the Northwest Navigator, will be published jointly with the Kitsap Newspaper Group, a division of Sound Publishing.It's an exciting time, said Navy Northwest Region Public Affairs Officer Lt. Cmdr. Bill Fenick. Our intention is to mass distribute the Northwest Navigator in the West Sound. Areas of distribution for the Northwest Navigator include all military bases and selected newsstands in Kitsap County, making easily the Northwest's largest military newspaper.The Northwest Navigator will be the only newspaper left serving the Kitsap Peninsula's military community and will publish every Friday. The newly authorized newspaper will replace the existing Puget Sound Navy News and the former Trident Tides, which ceased publication in early July.Fenick said the military's intent is to increase the scope and vision of the base newspaper by expanding it into a regional publication. However, the base publication at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, The Crosswind, and Naval Station Everett, The Dispatch, will continue publishing as before.The Northwest Navigator will reach an audience with tremendous buying power. The Navy spends more than $2.5 billion in the Pacific Northwest. Of that, nearly $1.5 billion is spent on payroll alone in Kitsap County. The county has one of the largest retired military populations in the western United States, numbering in the thousands.We're excited about bringing Kitsap's Navy facilities a new kind of regional publication, said Sound Publishing CEO George LaMasurier. Kitsap Newspapers and our parent company, Sound Publishing, has a long and positive history of working with the Navy in Puget Sound. The Kitsap Newspaper Group previously published the Subbase Bangor publication Trident Tides. Sound Publishing has been involved with publication of the NAS Whidbey Island newspaper The Crosswind for 13 years.The new Navy-sanctioned newspaper will become the official base publication for Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Naval Station Bremerton, Naval Hospital Bremerton, and Naval Magazine Indian Island. The Northwest Navigator will additionally be made available for distribution at Puget sound Naval Shipyard and Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport and at area tenant commands."

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