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County

Newspaper

Telephone

Base Rate

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Adams

 

 

 

 

Asotin

Lewiston Morning Tribune

 

 

 

Benton

Prosser Record Bulletin

509 786-1711

$7.83/in

$150

Tri-City Herald

509 582-1464

$15.73/in

$250

Chelan Lake Chelan Mirror 509 682-2213 $12.60/in

Wenatchee World

509 661-6370

$15.66/in

$300

Clallam

Peninsula Daily News

360 417-3556

$9/in

$150-200

 

Sequim Gazette

360-683-3311

$7.50/in

$125

Clark

Battleground Reflector

360 687-5151

$110 Flat

 

  Camas-Washougal Post-Record 360 834- 2141 $6.10/in $125

 

Vancouver Columbian

360 993-5050

$1.35/L

$200-250

Columbia

 

 

 

 

Cowlitz

Longview Daily News

360 577-2567

$1.97/L + $1.80/L

$300-350

Douglas

Empire Press

509 886-8668

$13.25/in

$300

Ferry

Ferry County View

509 775-2425

$9/in

$190

Franklin

Franklin County Graphic

 

 

 

Garfield

 

 

 

 

Grant

Columbia Basin Herald

509 765-4561

$6.33/in

$250

 

Coulee City News & Standard

509 632-5402

$5/in

$195

Grays Harbor

Aberdeen Daily World

360 532-4000

$10.35/in (if Emailed)

 

 

Montesano Vidette

360 249-3311

$200 Flat

 

Island Coupeville Examiner 360 678-8060 $9.50/in $230

 

Stanwood/Camano News

360 629-8066

$7.50/in

$175

Jefferson

Port Townsend Leader

360 385-2900

$13/in

$300

King

Daily Journal of Commerce

206 622-8272

$108 Flat

 

  Pacific Publishing Co. (4 papers) 206 461-1302 $105 Flat  

Kitsap

Bainbridge Review

360 842-6613

$11/in

$300

  Bremerton Patriot 360 308-9161 $9.90/in $275

 

Bremerton Sun

360 415-2687

$10.12/in

$300

  Central Kitsap Reporter 360 308-9161 $9.90/in $275
  North Kitsap Herald 360 779-4464 $8.75/in $230
  Port Orchard Independent 360 876-4414 $9.30/in (if Emailed) $250

Kittitas

Kittitas Daily Record

509 925-1414

$7.07/in

$300

  Northern Kittitas Tribune 509 674-2511 $8/in + $7/in $175

Klickitat

Goldendale Sentinel

509 773-3777

$6.25/in

 

  White Salmon Enterprise 509 493-2112 $6/in  

Lewis

Centralia Chronicle

360 736-3311

$1/L

$175-250

 

East County Journal

360 496-5993

$6.50/in

$150

 

Tenino Independent

360 264-2500

$7.95/in

$150-180

Lincoln

 

 

 

 

Mason

Sheldon-Mason County Journal

360 426-4412

$13.50/in

$350

Okanogan

Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

509 476-3602

$8.95/in

$200

Pacific

Chinook Observer

360 642-8181

$14.50/in

$275

  Willapa Harbor Herald 360 942-3466 $8.90/in $200

Pend Oreille

 

 

 

 

Pierce

Tacoma Daily Index

253 627-4853

$129 Flat

 

San Juan

 

 

 

 

Skagit La Conner Weekly News 360 466-3315 $7.20/in $200
Skagit Valley Herald 360 424-4567 $15/in $350

Skamania

Skamania County Pioneer

509 427-8444

$5.25/in

$150

White Salmon Enterprise 509 493-2112 $6/in $150

Snohomish

Everett Herald

425 339-3100

$14.84/in + $14.42/in

$250

Monroe Monitor & Valley News 360 794-7116 $105 Flat $105
  Snohomish County Tribune 360 568-4121 $12/in less discount $141

Spokane

Cheney Free Press

509 235-6184

$115 Flat

 

 

Deer Park Tribune

509 276-5043

$7.50/in

$125

  Exchange Publishing 509 953-9535 $0.82/L + $0.80/L $90

 

Spokane Spokesman Review

509 459-5121

$2.81/L

$425

  Valley News Herald 509 924-2440 $0.75/L + $0.55/L $125

Stevens

 

 

 

 

Thurston

Olympia Olympian

360 704-6884

$1.83/L

 

 

Nisqually Valley News

360 458-2681

$180 Flat

 

 

Tenino Independent

360 264-2500

$7.95/in

$160

Wahkiakum

 

 

 

 

Walla Walla

Waitsburg Times

509 337-6631

$5.35/in

$80-120

 

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

509 525-3300

$7.30/in + $6.37/in

$100-150

Whatcom

Bellingham Herald

360 676-2600

$1.88/L + $1.60/L

$350

  Ferndale Record-Journal 360 384-1411 $17.70/in + $16.15/in $300
  Lynden Tribune 360 354-4444 $18.05/in + $16.15/in $300

Whitman

 

 

 

 

Yakima Sunnyside Daily Sun News 509 837-4500 $10.05/in $150
  Review Independent 509 865-4055 $8.50/in $180

 

Yakima Herald

509 577-7740

$18.96/in + $15.18/in

$350

         

 

Notes:

 

1.  "Flat" means the total charge for publishing any Notice to Creditors 3 times.
 

2.  "/in" means the charge for one publication per inch of copy.  The Everett Herald said that with the printing type that they use, $12.60/in is equivalent to $0.90/L, so these two different ways of quoting charges may be related on the basis of 1 inch = 14 Lines (at least for the style of type used by the Everett Herald).
 

3.  "/L" means the charge for one publication per line of copy.
 

4.  If more than one rate is given, the first rate is the charge for the first publication and the second rate is the charge for each successive publication.
 

5.  "Estimate" means that newspaper's average charge for publishing a Notice to Creditors 3 times.  Many salespersons indicated that a Notice to Creditors was seldom shorter than 5 inches, usually was around 7 inches, and occasionally was over 10 inches (eg, multiple Personal Representatives, each with their own attorney).  Consequently, the total charge for publishing a 7 inch Notice to Creditors 3 times at a charge of $10/in would be 7 x 3 x $10 = $210.
 

6.  Many papers charge more for weekend or Sunday publication.  The above charges are all for weekday publication.
 

7.  Most newspapers' charge includes their fee for supplying an Affidavit of Publishing, but some do not (eg, Olympia Olympian: $8.50, Bellingham Herald: $13).
 

8.  The rates shown above were obtained in December, 2002 (or later) for publication in January, 2003 (or later).
 

9.  Many counties, and most of the more populous counties, have not only a "popular" newspaper but also a "commercial" newspaper that has a lower, often "flat" rate.  Publication at the lower rate produces just as "legal" a notice as does publication at a more expensive rate.
 

10.  If the above list omits a newspaper in your county:

  • Check the WNPA Member Newspapers
    or

  • Go to Washington Superior Courts and click on your county.

  • From that county's directory, obtain the phone number of its Superior Court Clerk's Office.

  • Telephone the Clerk and ask for the names of the newspapers where Probate Notices to Creditors are usually published for that county --- many of the clerks will provide two or three.

  • Use Google to obtain the website for each newspaper.

  • From that newspaper's website, obtain the phone number for its classified department.

  • Telephone the newspaper, ask to speak to "Legal ads", and obtain the rate.

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