N.M. daily printing Colo. papers
The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., began printing five Colorado newspapers owned by Ballentine Communications at its production facility on North Allen Avenue in Farmington.
 The two media companies reached an agreement last month after Ballentine closed its printing press in Cortez, Colo., according to The Daily Times.
 The papers include The Durango Herald, The Cortez Journal, The Mancos Times, Pine River Times and The Dolores Star.
 The partnership created 12 new jobs at the Farmington facility, according John Elchert, publisher of The Daily Times.
 The Daily Times invested about $400,000 in its printing press and packaging equipment to accommodate the demands of printing six newspapers a week, Elchert said.
 The partnership extends for five years and can be renewed.
“It’s a good move for everybody,” Elchert said. “We’re here to stay. In this size market, newspapers will be here a long, long time, and The Daily Times is very viable for a long time.”
Star Trib increases staff
The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune said it’s hired more than 20 employees since the company’s acquisition by Glen Taylor five months ago.
In July, 19 veteran journalists at the paper took buyouts that were part of a union clause that calls for up to 26 weeks of severance pay for employees leaving upon a sale.
 The Star Tribune said it is now returning to pre-acquisition staffing levels.
With a larger staff, the paper is rolling out new content as well. A “Minnesota History” section will be a weekly Sunday feature penned by Curt Brown. “Around the State” will be a full page every Sunday showcasing news and issues from around Minnesota. “Streetscapes” is a weekly feature that digs into the trends and developments in local architecture and design and “Always On” is a new Saturday feature exploring the intersections of digital life and popular culture.
“We’re proud that the Star Tribune has been able to build and sustain meaningful momentum in service to our readers,” said Mike Klingensmith, publisher and CEO of Star Tribune Media Co. “The continued support of our readers as we gain momentum is all the more gratifying.”
KBA bolsters tech team
KBA said it’s adding field technicians to its team and launching a two-year apprentice program designed to keep technicians up to date to quickly respond to customer needs. To that end, the press vendor said it has several openings for sheetfed and flexo service techs in locations throughout North America.
Moritz Gress, Dominik Mueller, Josh Todd and Sebastian Demming are among the technicians that have recently joined KBA. Gress and Mueller are based in Southern California; Todd is based in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Demming is based in Chicago.
Meantime, KBA Cortina users from Germany and abroad met for the tenth user workshop at this waterless newspaper press’ birthplace, Koenig & Bauer, in Würzburg on Nov. 12-13