A new Voice in the Desert speaking out

By Sunny Day
Las Vegas Tribune
A new publication is shining down on Pahrump and Nye County for the first time. “It is not a newspaper; it is an issues paper,” according to its Publisher and Editor, Maramis Choufani.
Las Vegas Tribune is always happy to see a new voice, a new angle on a news item, or a new opinion and a new way of interpreting what’s going on in the community around us, but this time our happiness is doubled because the new voice is very close to our newspaper’s family: Maramis Choufani has been the Las Vegas Tribune’s Managing Editor for the last
ten years and has started up this new project, this new endeavor, publishing what she calls an “issues paper,” Voices in the Desert, and dedicated to issues only, as opposed to the news. However, “when and if the issues and news are one and the same, you’ll read about that too,” Maramis said.
“We know that Maramis is one of the most dedicated news-persons we know and her job at this newspaper is more than noticeable and her loyalty goes beyond her duties, and Pahrump and Nye County are lucky to have her as their new neighbor and the new Publisher and Editor of their new issues paper, Voices in the Desert,” said Perly Viasmensky,
General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. “We love and welcome every publication that can offer a different angle, another point of view and another choice of opinion,” Viasmensky added.
When Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice newspaper closed its doors after forty years of serving the Black community of Nevada, this newspaper publicly showed our sincere disappointment, as we did when the Las Vegas City Life, published by the self-nominated “most powerful daily newspaper” stopped printing their weekly publication.
Every time a newspaper closes its door, we, at Las Vegas Tribune, see it as a loss of a voice and a loss of another opinion that every community should be able to have and enjoy.
That is why when the Las Vegas Independent online newspaper announced its opening, the local Radio Tribune show invited its editor, Elizabeth Thompson, to appear on Face The Tribune radio show to talk about her new challenge in the community. She was also respected and admired by our publisher when she was known as Elizabeth Crum, but Editor Crum Thompson responded to that invitation with a no-show.
When Elizabeth Crum’s boss, Jon Ralston, came out and accepted his daughter’s transition from female to male, Las Vegas Tribune wrote what many saw as an emotive piece congratulating him for being an accepting and loving father.
Maramis is going to double her pleasure of being in the news business by carrying both assignments: as a publisher-editor of the Voices in the Desert publication and continuing managing editor of the Las Vegas Tribune, and we are delighted to hear about and welcome a new voice in the desert.
Have a sunny day!

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