National Newspaper Week runs through Saturday, and all week we have noted the many benefits local newspapers provide to a community. Today we are focusing on an integral part of the newspaper industry - the carriers.
Every day, more than 44 million newspapers are delivered in the U.S. Each year, one day is set aside to recognize the accomplishments of these independent contractors who work hard to get the newspaper in the hands of our readers.
The Newspaper Association of America and the newspaper industry have designated Saturday as International Newspaper Carrier Day, a salute to the hundreds of thousands of carriers who deliver news to more than 100 million readers every day.
We're proud to take the opportunity to honor these newspaper carriers, motor route drivers and bundle haulers for their hard work and dependability.
Many readers don't realize the numerous challenges that face this delivery force, including bad weather, frigid temperatures and vehicle break-downs, just to name a few.
A number of former newspaper carriers have achieved national prominence later in life. John Wayne, Martin Luther King Jr. and Warren Buffett are among the former carriers who now are part of the Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame, which began in 1960.
Readers may want to take a moment Saturday to recognize the carriers who deliver this newspaper. They work hard, they're dedicated, and they're local people who care about the community.
Publishing a newspaper has been described as a small miracle that occurs daily, and that miracle could not occur without them. We salute the 54 carriers who deliver The Inter-Mountain and hope our readers will show their appreciation as well.