SALEM, Ore. - Elaine Shein, former editor and deputy publisher of Canada's largest agriculture weekly newspaper, became editor and publisher this week of Capital Press, the Salem-based ag weekly which circulates in the Pacific Northwest and California. She succeeds Mike Forrester, 64, who has retired.

Shein, 38, comes from the staff of the Western Producer, an ag paper of some 80,000 subscribers based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and circulating throughout western Canada. Capital Press has circulation of 37,000 and a staff of 55, one-fourth of whom are stationed around the four states.

As publisher, Shein (pronounced shane) will be ultimately responsible for all aspects of the Capital Press operation and work closely with General Manager Mike O'Brien. As editor, she will be ultimately responsible for news and editorial content.

Forrester came to Capital Press in 1990 from the East Oregonian, in Pendleton, Ore., where he was editor-publisher. The East Oregonian Publishing Co., owned by the Forrester and Aldrich families, bought Capital Press in 1991 from the late Dewey Rand Jr. East Oregonian Publishing Co. also owns The Daily Astorian; Chinook Observer, in Long Beach, Wash.; Blue Mountain Eagle, in John Day, Ore., and the Wallowa County Chieftain, in Enterprise, Ore.

Forrester is also president of the Capital Press and East Oregonian Publishing Co. boards.

Shein grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan. She has degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. She worked 14 years on the staff of Western Producer, which was recently sold.

"I feel fortunate that Elaine was available and interested," said Mike Forrester. "I have admired the Western Producer for several years. It is similar to Capital Press in serving a wide area and all of the farm commodities with a traditional journalistic approach to the news."

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