The Buchan Observer is for the Buchan area of Aberdeenshire - namely Peterhead, Fraserburgh and including slightly south of Peterhead and roughly twenty miles inland.
The mental image that I now have of myself sitting in a dark and dusty basement is quite funny. Actually I sit in one of two (nice, well lit and airy) libraries which I use and look at microfilm! I am also a part-time history student which allows me to access information online which is not available to the general public. Unfortunately the archives to the newspapers like the Buchan Observer are not available online and you can only look at them via microfilm.
The newspaper for the Huntly area would have been the Huntly Express - and microfilm is available for this commencing 9 July 1864 through (I believe) to June 1994. There are numerous editions of newspapers available on microfilm for the Aberdeenshire area - some dating back to mid 18th century - although I would warn you some of them are not easy to read.
I put some of the information which I come across online hoping to help others with information that they wouldn't normally be aware of. I became interested in old newspapers a number of years ago after a similar story to Jane Edward - our ancestor's death certificate didn't give a cause for the death. Purely by chance a short time later I looked at microfilm for a newspaper for some other information and came across a detailed article concerning the death of our ancestor who had committed suicide by hanging himself on his four-poster bed. A death certificate could not have given me the same amount of detail which I got from reading that article. I realised how much information was hidden from a lot of people and began to put the occasional article online.
I'm glad that you enjoyed the information contained within the article for Jane.