Mario van Dongen, who became publisher of the Santa Cruz Sentinel eight months ago, is leaving to become advertising director at The Oregonian in Portland, that state’s largest newspaper. A replacement has not been named. A story announcing his departure noted, “While the Sentinel has seen its bottom line weaken, van Dongen said it has not experienced the financial problems that have plagued some papers and forced others to shut down.” In the photo, van Dongen, left, and Mac Tully, San Jose Mercury News president/publisher and group vice president of the Bay Area News Group, address the Sentinel staff on Thursday. (Photo credit Shmuel Thaler, Sentinel)

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