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10/9/2003

Furnas joins Hometown Newspapers as GM

The Daily Times-Call

LAFAYETTE — David Furnas, a career newspaper executive with experience in local government, has been named as the new general manager of the Louisville Times, the Lafayette News and the Erie Review, as well as the other publications of Colorado Hometown Newspapers.

Furnas will be responsible for the overall management of the newspapers with an emphasis on advertising, news, editorial, production, circulation, promotion and community relations.

Furnas follows Mac Owen, who remains on an extended leave of absence.

Furnas, who began his new position Sept. 22, is the former executive director of the Kansas Press Association, a position he held for 16 years.

After relocating to Colorado for family reasons, Furnas worked since 2001 as circulation manager of a group of 13 weekly newspapers serving the south Denver metropolitan region.

Earlier in his career, Furnas, who holds degrees in journalism and mass communications from Wichita State University and Oklahoma State University, was a reporter for the Wichita Eagle, Oklahoma Journal and Enid (Okla.) Morning News.

He is a former public affairs director for the City of Wichita, Kansas, a position he held from 1976 to 1981, when he became vice president of government relations for the 2,000-member Wichita Chamber of Commerce.

He worked at the chamber from 1981 to 1984.

Furnas served as a combat photographer in the Vietnam War.

During his years with Wichita city government, Furnas directed public relations, government relations and citizen participation programs.

The Louisville Times, Lafayette News and Erie Review are a division of Lehman Communications Corp., publishers of the Daily Times-Call, the Loveland Reporter-Herald and the Caņon City Daily Record.

“David Furnas brings an outstanding background and relevant experience to his new position at Colorado Hometown Newspapers. We are very pleased to welcome him to our company and to the Louisville, Lafayette and Erie communities,” company President Dean Lehman said in making the announcement.