Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains how your personally identifiable information is collected and used by Pioneer News Group (“Company”).

Our Company has a firm commitment to privacy. We take your privacy concerns seriously and want to make reasonable efforts to address them as we strive to offer our site visitors a high quality, interactive and personalized experience. This Privacy Policy explains our position on information gathering and how we intend to use and share any information we collect. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by our company through utilization of its various internet products.

You understand and agree that, by visiting this website and its affiliated sites, you are accepting, without modification, this Privacy Policy. If you disagree with any portion of this Privacy Policy, then your only option is to not use our internet products.

When you visit one of the Company's websites, the Company collects and stores personally identifiable information such as your name, address, and e-mail address. The information that we collect and store about you depends on the page you visit and the services in which you elect to participate. We use this information to operate our services, improve the quality of our services, offer you opportunities we think will interest you, and better tailor the advertising you see from us to suit you. This information is not shared with anyone outside of our company and its affiliated companies except as provided for in this Privacy Policy or as explained at the time the information is collected. More specifics on the information we collect and how we use it are outlined within this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy is subject to change from time to time by the Company and your continued use of the Company's internet products means you agree to, without modification, the revisions.  Should you object to any such modifications to this Privacy Policy or become dissatisfied with the Company's internet products in any way, your only option is to immediately discontinue use of those products. Otherwise, continuing to use the service after the effective date means that you agree to be bound by the changes, without modification.

If you would like to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact group mcohen@pioneernewsgroup.com

Information we collect

On occasion, you must provide some personally identifiable information in order to use some of our websites.  Some examples are signing up for e-mail services, contest participation, online forums, placing an ad online or participating in online surveys, as well as other instances when you are required to submit personally identifiable information.

Passive data collection and use

Like most websites, the Company also collects and logs information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to you, such as your IP address, the name and location of your ISP,  the type and version of your browser, the length of time that you stay on our websites, search queries, and the  average number of pages viewed.  To better provide our services to you and to develop  profiles that enable us to tailor services and its advertisements to your interests, we may correlate this information with other information about you, such as your registration information or newspaper subscription records. We may provide to third parties anonymous aggregated (non-personally identifiable) general information about our website and its users.

Use of cookies

Most standard web browsers use feature called "cookies," which allow a website to place information about a user's visit to that website in a small data text file that is stored on the user's computer. Our use of cookie technology will likely be transparent to you and is used to recognize you and hold information from one visit to the next in an effort to increase your ease of use and to allow us to better understand how people use our products. You can turn the cookies feature off by using your browser preference options.

Some of our third-party content providers also may place a cookie on your computer.  Those cookies are controlled by the content provider, and you should refer to that provider's privacy policy for further information regarding its use of cookies and about your options not to accept them.

In addition, advertisers may elect to use other advertising companies to serve their ads on our websites, and advertisers themselves may also place a cookie on a user's computer. We do not have access to the cookies or their contents that are placed by advertisers or by third-party advertising companies. We, therefore, recommend that you read the privacy policy of each and every website you visit or with which you interact.

Behavioral Targeting

From time to time, the Company or its business partners may use collected data to optimize our offers of products and services to you.  If you desire not to participate in this effort, please contact mcohen@pioneernewspapers.com with your request to opt out.

Affiliated sites, linked sites and advertisements

Our Company expects its partners, providers of content and services and advertisers to respect the privacy of its users. Be aware, however, that third parties, including our partners, providers of content and services, advertisers and others accessible through our site may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices.  You should use common sense when you navigate the web and be aware of when you travel outside of our website. In addition, you should carefully review the applicable privacy policies of each website you visit and each web service you use.

Electronic commerce

For certain electronic commerce services on our websites, such as placing classified ads electronically or subscribing to the print or electronic version of the newspaper, we require additional information. To complete these transactions, we may collect information from you such as your name,  credit card number and other financial information. We endeavor to protect the security of your payment information during transmission by using technology, which protects information you submit. Our Company will use the credit card and shipping information for the purpose of completing the transaction and does not provide this information to third parties except for the providers of the transaction processing and the issuers of credit cards in order to process the transaction, or as otherwise set forth in this policy.

State and Federal Privacy Rights

In certain jurisdictions, you may have the right to receive: a) information identifying any third-party company(ies) to whom our Company may have disclosed personal information pertaining to you and your family for that company's direct marketing purposes;  b) a description of the categories of personal information disclosed; and c) other enumerated information. To obtain such information, please e-mail your request to mcohen@pioneernewspapers.com.

 

Revisions

From time to time, and without notice, the Company may revise the policies set out herein.  The effective date of the current policy is set out below the title and all users our the Company's websites are bound to the terms and conditions in effect as of the date of use.

Associated Press

This Web site uses services provided by AP News Registry. AP News Registry collects content usage information and may use cookies in conjunction with this activity. Your continued readership of the Site means you accept the privacy policy of the AP News Registry. Please refer to the AP News Registry privacy policy at http://www.apnewsregistry.com/privacycenter/servicepolicy.aspx for further information.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments about our policies, we may be reached at Mark Cohen, Pioneer Newspapers, Inc., 221 First Avenue West, Suite 405, Seattle, WA 98119; tel. 206-284-4424.

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User Agreement

Welcome

Welcome to Pioneer News Group (“the Company”) website and network of websites.  Your use of this website and any affiliated websites is subject to the following terms of service. 

Your agreement with the Company

You understand and agree that, by visiting this website and any affiliated sites, you are accepting, without modification, these Terms of Service. If you do not agree with any portion of these Terms of Service, your only option is to discontinue use of the websites and its affiliated sites. In agreeing with these Terms of Service, you represent and warrant that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age or otherwise capable of entering into and performing legal agreements. If you are under eighteen (18) then you may only use this website and any affiliated websites with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

These Terms of Service include among other things the Company's Privacy Policy, which is also located on this website and incorporated by reference in the Terms of Service.  Read the Privacy Policy carefully as you are agreeing to it when you agree to these Terms of Service.

Revisions to Terms of Service

This Terms of Service is subject to revision from time to time by the Company.  The effective date of the most recent revision is set out below the title and all users are bound by the Terms of Service in effect as of the date of usage.

Copyright and Ownership

All of the content featured or displayed on all Company websites is owned by the Company, its licensors and / or its content providers.  All elements of the site, including but not limited to the general design and content, are protected by trade dress, copyright, trademark and other laws related to intellectual property rights.  Except as explicitly permitted under this agreement or another agreement with the Company, no portion or element of the website or any affiliated sites may be copied or retransmitted via any means, and the websites and their content shall remain the exclusive property of the Company unless otherwise expressly agreed upon in writing.  If you operate a Web site and wish to link to Stephens Media LLC., you may do so provided you agree to delete the link upon request from us. No other use is permitted without prior written permission.

Subject to the terms and conditions of these Terms of Service, the Company grants you permission to access this and affiliated websites and view the content solely for your personal, non-commercial use. In addition to viewing content online, you may electronically store a reasonable portion of  the content for your personal, non-commercial use by making a single electronic copy on your computer's hard drive, or a single copy on a disk or other media or a single copy in printed form. You agree, however, that you will not store or archive a significant portion of the content or create a database using the content.

Links to third party websites are provided to you as a convenience and do not imply endorsement by the Company or any affiliation with or endorsement by the owner of the linked site.  The Company is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any consequences of making the link.

User-submitted Content

Users of the Company's websites may be able, as dictated by the functionality, to submit or to otherwise make available messages, e-mails, photographs, text, videos and other content for display on the Company's websites. You are solely responsible for this content and the Company acts as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of such content. Such content must conform to the guidelines below. Without limiting any of its rights in law and equity, the Company reserves the right to remove any content for any reason in its sole discretion that it believes may violate these Terms of Service, or any copyright or third-party rights.

By submitting or otherwise making available any content to the Company's website and affiliated websites, you automatically grant the Company a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable (through multiple tiers), license to use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, create derivative works of, distribute, transfer or sell any such content, for any purpose, including commercial purposes and in connection with advertising for the sole benefit of the Company (collectively, "use"), in any type of media or in any form now known or later developed, without any payment to you. In addition, you automatically waive and give up any claim that any use of such content violates any of your rights, including privacy rights, publicity rights, moral rights or any other right, including the right to approve the way the Company uses such content.You also grant the Company the right to use any material, information, ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you provide, submit, or otherwise make available for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, commercial purposes. By submitting user content, you automatically warrant and represent to the Company that you are the owner of all intellectual property rights in and to the content or that you otherwise have all sufficient rights to grant the license above. By submitting user content, you further warrant and represent that the content infringes no third-party right of privacy, right of publicity, or any other third-party right or proprietary interest.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA")The Company respects the copyrights of others and expects its users to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), the text of which may be found on the U.S. Copyright Office site at http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf, the Company will respond expeditiously to notices of alleged copyright infringement that are duly reported to our Designated Copyright Agent identified in the notice below.

If you believe that the Company has infringed your copyright, please notify our Copyright Agent and provide the following information.

1.        An identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

2.        An identification of the material on our website or an affiliated website that you claim is infringing or is subject to infringing activity that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, with enough detail (including without limitation the URL of the material) to allow us to locate the material on our site.

3.        Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

4.        A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.

5.        A statement by you declaring that the above information in your Notice is accurate, made under penalty of perjury, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright interest involved.

6.        A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

The Copyright Agent for the Company is Mark Cohen, who can be reached at Pioneer Newspaper, Inc., 221 First Avenue West, Suite 405, Seattle, WA 98119; tel: 206-284-4424. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.

Online conduct

The Company encourages a free and open exchange of ideas in a climate of mutual respect. Any action by a user that infringes on another user's right to use and enjoy our websites is prohibited. The Company reserves the right, but does not assume any obligation, to monitor your online conduct to enforce these Terms of Use. Specifically, you may not:

1.        Provide any information that is false, misleading or inaccurate.

2.        Use any portion of our websites for any unlawful purpose or otherwise fail to comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations.

3.        Use any portion of our websites for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party.

4.        Subject to the Company's sole discretion, use any portion of our websites for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available content that is harmful to minors in any way, harassing, harmful, threatening, abusive, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.

5.        Use any portion of our websites for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available junk mail, commercial advertisements, or any other form of commercial solicitation.

6.        Attempt to interfere with any other person's use of our websites.

7.        Misrepresent your identity or impersonate any person.

8.        Hold yourself out as sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with our Company or our websites

9.        Attempt to modify, translate, adapt, edit, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any software programs used by The Company or its websites.

10.     Use or launch any automated means including spiders, robots, crawlers, scrapers and the like, to download or copy data or content from our websites

11.     Distribute any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs that are designed or intended to: (i) disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of our websites, any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment used in connection therewith; or (ii) damage or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of any third party.

12.     Take any action that: (i) imposes or may impose, in our Company's sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on its infrastructure; (ii) interferes or attempts to interfere with the proper working of our websites; or (iii) disrupts or diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of our websites.

13.     To register a complaint about another user's conduct, please e-mailmcohen@pioneernewspapers.com.

Disclaimer

While the Company strives for accuracy, it does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information or database on our service. Nor does our Company warrant or guarantee that any files available for downloading will be free of defects. Neither the Company nor any of its information providers will be liable in any way to you or to other parties for delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in material published in this website and affiliated websites.

The content, services, and features of this website and affiliated websites are subject to change without notice. The inclusion of any content, services, and features on such websites at a particular time does not imply or warrant that these products or services will be available at any time.

While we take reasonable steps to ensure that no viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other destructive properties are present, the entire risk as to the quality and performance of our websites and the accuracy and completeness of any information is with you.

Opinions, advice and all other information expressed on this and affiliated website forums, comment sections, blogs, and any other area where user-generated content is displayed, represent the individual's own views and are not necessarily those of the Company. The Company does not endorse and is not responsible for statements, advice and opinions made by anyone other than authorized Company spokespersons.

Any investment decisions or other actions that users take based on information available on this and affiliated websites should first be reviewed by a competent financial adviser or other professional. THIS WEBSITE AND AFFILIATED WEBSITES' SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT, OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OR ANY OTHER SERVICE OR PRODUCT ON OR RELATED TO THE SERVICE (INCLUDING ANY LINK TO ANOTHER WEB SITE OR RESOURCE). In no event will the Company be liable for (i) any incidental, consequential, or indirect damages (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of programs or information, and the like) arising out of the use of or inability to use this and affiliated websites, or any information or services provided on the Company, even if the Company has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or (ii) any claim attributable to errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies published on this and affiliated websites.

SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Attorney's Fees

In addition to any other remedies provided in law or equity, including specified damages and attorney's fees, if the Company files suit to enforce any provision of these Terms of Service and is the substantially prevailing party, it shall be entitled to its attorney's fees and costs of suit.

 

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates, employees, officers, directors, and agents from and against any and all liability, loss, claims, damages, costs and/or actions (including attorney's fees) based on or arising from any breach by you of your obligations under these Terms of Service. We reserve the right to defend any such claim, and you agree to provide us with such reasonable cooperation and information as we may request.

Jurisdiction

This agreement between the Company and its users will be governed and interpreted under the laws of the state in which the newspaper affiliated with this website is located.  In the event that any provision of these Terms of Service is found to be in conflict with the law, such provision shall be restated to reflect the original intent, and all other terms and conditions shall remain in full force and effect.

Severability

If any provision of these Terms of Service shall be deemed unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Service and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.