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Some of the Ark Valley Voice crew left to right: reporters Carly Winchell and August Toevs, Social Media and Advertising Michelle Pujol, Publisher and Managing Editor Jan Wondra, Senior Reporter Dan Smith, and Foundation President Merrell Bergin. Not present in the photo: Reporter Elliot Jackson, Bookkeeper Susan Roebuck, Investigative Reporter Stephen Hall, and Contributor Landon James. AVV file photo.

Thanks to donations that came in with minutes to spare before 12:00 noon on Saturday, Ark Valley Voice made this week’s $2,500 double-match challenge from two major donors, tripling this week’s gifts. One at a time, in $12/month, or $50 or higher donations you celebrated “Christmas in July” and helped donations to Ark Valley Voice (AVV) and its mission to give truth a voice.

Our gratitude for your support is as high as the mountains that ring this valley.

The good news is that we are 43.1 percent of the way to our “Christmas in July” goal; donations now stand at $12,930.

The challenging news is that we are still 56.9 percent away from this month’s “Christmas in July” goal to raise $30,000 to support our nonprofit newsroom. We’re committed to free and fact-based, in-depth, and investigative journalism. Although we deliver it at no charge, it is not free to produce and professional journalists deserve to make a modest living too.

Donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. If you are able, if you value the news that Ark Valley Voice provides and believe in speaking up for the truth, we hope that you’ll consider a donation of any amount.

It has been said that “truth is the final guardrail of democracy” so, by helping us give truth a voice, you are an active participant in American democracy.