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Newspapers: A keystone species

Nearly a century ago, the gray wolves were eliminated from Yellowstone National Park – the result of the federal government’s early failure to provide for their protection from the human predators that the newly established national park attracted, and of government-subsidized predator control programs that later sped their demise. 
The last wolf kills were reported in 1926. Sporadic reports of wolf sightings followed, but their numbers were no longer sustainable. 

Hall named publisher of Brenham Banner-Press

BRENHAM – Derek Hall is the new editor and publisher of The Banner­-Press. 
The announcement was made by Fred Hartman, president of Washington County Publishing, Inc., parent company of the Banner-Press.
Hall, who has been with the newspaper since 2000, replaced Jay T. Strasner, who joined the Community Impact newspaper group as a general manager in the Dallas-­Fort Worth area.

Hearst names LaBonia senior vice president

HOUSTON – Michael LaBonia, chief revenue officer at the Houston Chronicle, has taken on the additional role of senior vice president for advertising for the Hearst Newspaper Group.
Jeff Johnson, president of Hearst Newspapers, made the announcement. 
LaBonia,who oversees advertising and marketing for the Houston Chronicle Media Group, also oversees advertising performance in all Hearst Newspaper Group markets. 
LaBonia has led the advertising team in Houston for seven years.  

Sacks succeeds Pape as publisher of San Antonio Express-News

A Houston-based Hearst Newspapers executive has been named the new publisher of the San Antonio Express-News. 
Michael Sacks came to Hearst Newspapers in 2012 from Tribune Media and served most recently as the corporation’s senior vice president of operations. 
Sacks manages day-to-day financial operations and long-term strategies at the Express-News. 
Outgoing publisher Susan Pape has become the newspaper’s chairman.  
Pape said she will continue focusing on ways to engage readers, local businesses and the community. 

Jackson named interim publisher of Colorado County Citizen

COLUMBUS – Larry Jackson of La Grange is serving as interim publisher for the Colorado County Citizen.
He is filling in while Granite publications searches for a new publisher, a new managing editor and other staff positions.
Daniel Philhower, vice president of operations at Granite Publications, manager of The Citizen, announced the changes.
Former publisher Michelle Banse Stokes and former business manager Lori Olivarez-Ligues left in late July to pursue a new venture with a travel publication.

TPA past president John Crawford dies

Texas Press Association's 106th president, John Harold Crawford, died July 26 in Dallas. He was 91.
Crawford, former editor of the Denison Herald and owner of the Wood County Democrat and Pottsboro Press, served as president of TPA in 1983-84. He was also active in the North and East Texas Press Association, which honored him with the Sam C. Holloway award in 1981.
After training in photography while stationed in Spokane, Wash. with the U.S. Army, he graduated in 1952 from East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M Commerce).