About NewsPlus


Tri-Community NewsPlus published its first issue in February of 1998 to serve Phelan, Pinon Hills, Wrightwood and the surrounding areas. Publisher, Susan Gates made sure each issue would bring readers news, events, people, history, "plus." Plus what? Plus anything else interesting that needed to go into the paper.

Stepping back a few years to 1985, Bobbi Holmes started a monthly paper called Mountain/Hi-Desert Guide. The "Guide" explored local history. It also provided news about local organizations, upcoming events, and community activities for residents and visitors. Bobbi continued to publish the "Guide" through 1991. Eventually selling the "Guide" to June Woodmansee and Susan Johnson(Gates). Susan and June co-published the "Guide," carrying on in the same tradition set by Bobbi. Susan was sure to put an article in every issue the explored the history of the Tri-Community. Readers looked forward to their monthly history lessons and would complain if a month was missed. In January of 1998 they decided to part ways. June continued to publish the "Guide" on her own.

Susan began publishing a new paper called Tri-Community NewsPlus. Volume 1, Issue 1 printed on January 31, 1998. Keeping the same core values from the "Guide", the paper quickly gained momentum, growing in page number and popularity.

The beginning of each month locals waited with bated breath to crack open the latest edition of the NewsPlus. Some even taking a paper out of her hands as she was trying to deliver to local businesses. Business owners with smiles on their faces, because finally, the new issue had come out and they could finally replenish their stock and appease their customers who were coming in demanding a copy.

In late 2009, Susan, now in her 70s and after almost 40 years in the business wanted to retire. In January 2010, Don Fish Jr., after having many long discussions with Susan about the "spirit" of NewsPlus, bought the paper. Since then, the success of the paper has grown, circulation has increased and paper has increased from 16 to 24 pages. In May, 2010 an events calendar was added, giving readers a

date by date listing of events and happenings and in March of 2011, the cover went through a major redesign with a new look for the "NewsPlus" mast head. Additionally in 2011, the Tri-Community entered cyberspace with the launch of a website, facebook page and e-edition of the paper.

The paper is now in its 15 year of publication and it has largely stayed the same paper it has always been. It is still free to read and solely supported by advertising from the local business and loyal readers.


Don Fish Jr. is the publisher of NewsPlus. He purchased the paper from Susan Gates in 2010. Since that time he has grown the paper not only in size, but in readership. Mr. Fish is community minded, supporting community events whenever possible. Don is also dedicated to promoting local small businesses. He started a Shop Local, Think Local, Live Local campaign showcasing the many small businesses and their owners who live in the Tri-Community. In July of 2012, Mr. Fish expanded the paper to the Barstow Area. The NewsPlus Barstow paper has the same core values as the Tri-Community NewsPlus.

Mr. Fish has been a resident of the Tri-Community, specifically Phelan since 1983. Mr. Fish attended Serrano High School beginning in the 7th grade and graduating as a Senior in 1989. He went on to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Victor Valley Community College focusing on business administration, and Chaffey Community College.

Mr. Fish also owns a video production company called Valle Vista Productions. Don and Valle Vista Productions Co-Produced a children's television show, "Ahoy Captain Sid" which won an Emmy for Best Editing. Don has produced video for such companies as The Discovery Channel, ABC, Inland Empire Film Commission, the National Parks Service, BLM, County of San Bernardino, Preschool Services Deppartment, Chino Airport, The Lewis Center, JPL and NASA. Currently, he is Co-Producing a web news show called Route66PulseTV a biweekly news program that brings news and special interest stories about Route 66 to the web.


Send us an email at dfishjr@4newsplus.com


Tri-Community NewsPlus
P.O. Box 290552
Phelan, CA 92329-0552

Fax 888-468-8734





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