Thursday, November 30, 2006

Teen is the theme of new local publication

BARSTOW — High Desert teens now have a weekly newspaper to call their own.

Fresh!nk (that’s “Fresh Ink”), published by the same company that publishes the Desert Dispatch and the Daily Press, hits select locations today in Barstow.

The weekly newspaper is written predominantly by teenagers in the High Desert. Four Barstow teens are contributing to the newspaper, according to its editor, Beatriz Valenzuela-Davalos.

“The support has been really amazing,” Valenzuela-Davalos said. “We have close to 20 teenagers who have committed to write for us. They really have the finger on the pulse, and they know what’s happening around here.”

Although the new tabloid weekly (which will be distributed on Wednesdays after today’s debut) is published by the same group that publishes the Desert Dispatch, the teen paper will break from the typical concepts of a daily newspaper in order to serve the needs of teens in the High Desert region.

Upcoming issues of fresh!nk will have a teen-oriented holiday buying guide, as well as regular music, band and even anime reviews but will also tackle hard teen-oriented news such as how the gang problem in the High Desert affects teens, Valenzuela-Davalos said.

“I hope that the kids really like it and that they contribute to it even if they just drop a quick e-mail telling us, ‘I like this,’ or, ‘I don’t like this,” she said.

In Barstow, the publication will be a vailable in places such as Stater Bros. supermarket, Club Inferno and at a number of gas station convenience stores and markets in the community. For teens in the Yermo, Daggett, and Newberry Springs area, copies of fresh!nk will be available at Silver Valley High School. The publication is also planning on a local live music celebration at Club Inferno on Main Street early next year.

Valenzuela-Davalos is also looking for more teens to contribute to the publication. Interested teens may e-mail her at


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