I CAN get satisfaction.
So there has finally been some resolution to the "I've Been Robbed" scandal of 2008. After a few emails, I thought that I may have been ignored. But today, the co-publisher of the paper responded to my latest email, explaining how this was a unusual incident for them, and they fully support local artists and they consider themselves champions of the arts. And he agreed to pay my one-time usage fee.
That was much easier than I expected, and I am very appreciative of his level of concern and his willingness to correct the situation. So yay for them!
And yay for me! A graphic I made for my invitations earned me a chunk of money that will pay for a good portion of the party expenses. (If I get the check.)