I’ll have a column in the Friday edition explaining as much as is understandable about what happened, but essentially a number of backend computer files required to put the paper out became corrupted sometime Wednesday, and the fix took hours. The shortened schedule for printing forced us to do the unexpected — print an all black-and-white edition to save time in producing the plates that run on the press for color pages. The press normally starts at 12:15 a.m. daily; this morning’s run began around 7 a.m., meaning that as I write this we still have papers being dropped off. Between the late delivery and black and white cover, some readers may feel a hint of nostalgia for the old afternoon edition that didn’t have color either.
Jokes aside, I want to apologize for readers for the delay. Also, the effort of more than 12 Sun employees in pre-press, the press room, IT, and the mailroom is worth noting. Those dozen people, not including carriers who were sent home around 2 a.m. and asked to return at dawn, spent all night diagnosing the problem and working with an outside company’s tech support to get things fixed. It’s a cliché that the newspaper is a “daily miracle,” but nights like last night give you an idea of the effort and a little magic behind getting this thing to 20,000 doorsteps day after day.
Like I said, I’ll try to have more information later, both here and for print readers. If you’re still waiting for your paper, please have patience. But also understand things are a little scrambled with delivery schedules, so do call us later today (360.377.3711) if you haven’t received your paper.
And be looking for a full-color Sun on Friday.