The Rocky Mountain News is no more–it ceased publication after this morning’s edition, just 55 days short of it’s 150th anniversary. The Rocky Mountain News was also the oldest continually operated business in Colorado, and many considered its political desk in this decade the best in the state. (The Rocky offered a nice rundown of its history here.)
I never subscribed to the Rocky–it was a tabloid, which has never been my style, and at the time I moved to Colorado it had more knucle- knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers on their editorial page, so I went with the Denver Post. (Among conservatives, the Post has a reputation for being “leftist,” which is just completely nutty.) But on Saturdays I read the Rocky, because according to the agreement by which the Post and the Rocky shared their presses, the Rocky put out the only newspaper on Saturdays, and the Post published the only Sunday edition in Denver.
Some of the star reporters and columnists are migrating to the Post, but hundreds of people are out of work, as of today, with only 60 days of severance pay. Nothing personal–it’s just business.