Amid criticism over the changes a new owner of the Point Reyes Light has made, the paper in Bodega Bay is starting a paper in West Marin called the Pilot. Here is the Pilot’s staff (we’re suckers for pictures of newsies): From left: Joel Hack, with Jim’s dog “Birdy”, Jim Kravets, Jeremy Sharp, Sandy Duveen, Larken Bradley, Ellen Shehadeh. Not pictured are Kathryn LeMieux and Dewey Livingston.

The MediaNews Group-owned Marin Independent Journal ran a blurb this morning saying the Pilot’s staff was going to hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Dance Palace Community Center in Point Reyes Station to hear from the community about what they’d like in their newspaper. (When was the last time you saw a daily newspaper running an item announcing an event held by a separately-owned weekly paper, or vice versa? Maybe MediaNews wants the Pilot to give the Light some competition?)

The Pilot printed an “introductory edition” on June 1 but plans its premier edition on July 5. Here’s a list of names people have suggested for the new paper. They ought to put these up to a vote amongst people who visit their Web site.

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