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February 27, 2009 7:20 AM

Goodbye - Scripps closes Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News has closed. The final edition was printed this morning.

Thanks to all who read and contributed to RockyTalk Live.



Discussion

  • December 15, 2008

    8:47 AM

    John Johnson writes:

    Heres an idea. EMPLOYEE OWNED Company.
    You guys know how to run it. You guys should float stock and own it. You would be surprised how much better the Rocky will be with employee owners.

    I've seen near bankrupt companys turn around. Why?
    you don't have an absentee owner. you don't have some ceo making 10x the worker there. Owner employees take pride in the company too.

    Think about it

  • December 15, 2008

    9:14 AM

    S. Franklin writes:

    I hae been reading the Rocky since I was a little girl, about 60 years now. We took the Post and News tpgether for a few years and decided we definitely prefer the News. I love the size of the paper and the many wonderful articles in the News that the Post does not have. It has been my constant companion for breakfast as long as I can remember. It would be a calamity for me to lose this wonderful addition to my day!! Think twice before you do any changing! Why not sell the Post!

  • December 15, 2008

    9:15 AM

    S. Franklin writes:

    I love the News. Save it!!

  • December 15, 2008

    9:39 AM

    M. Ensminger writes:

    Like S. Franklin I enjoy a good morning paper. But I prefer that the paper report the news and not spew partisan dialog. Why not head to Washington to join the other losers looking for tax payer dollars to keep their dying businesses afloat. The Rockie's demise is simple Darwinism.

  • December 15, 2008

    9:40 AM

    prima facie writes:

    And I want that Mexican restaurant that used to be at Parker and Chambers roads. Alas, not enough people agreed with me and it's gone. That's business.

  • December 15, 2008

    9:44 AM

    M. Ensminger writes:

    Like S. Franklin I enjoy a good morning paper. But I prefer that the paper report the news and not spew partisan dialog. Why not head to Washington to join the other losers looking for tax payer dollars to keep their dying businesses afloat. The Rockie's demise is simple Darwinism.

  • December 15, 2008

    10:11 AM

    SASQUATCH writes:

    MARK: EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP IS GOOD...AND ITS DOABLE.

    In spite of our obvious diferences, now you are talking and making sense. But its going to take financing from the outside; nearly impossible under your weakened financial condition and current hostile credit conditions.

    You need to get in touch with money mucho pronto; its probably already too late. Phil Anschutz would be a quicker source than banks, and he might not sit very well with many of your associates. You need a viable and solid game-plan, a strategy to put on the table. Offering the same old predictable pablum presently served by most of the MSM will not likely appeal to the money and be unlikely to succeed--that market is already too crowded. Your best tactic is to sell what you have by differentiating what you plan to offer to the market.

    Some years back (1981), myself and a few other partners of a private pension fund sold the business to a large Wall Street investment firm. We made money in the process and saved our jobs and careers. We avoided disaster (our parent company was bought-out from under us and the new owners didn't understand the pension fund business and wanted out) and we quickly made-out like the bandits that we were. We struck gold instead of having participated in a trainwreck.

    Admitadly we had great connections, but you too can do it if a few of you really interested and committed players quickly deployed a stategy and deploy tactics that starts with identifying all your valuable and monied connections and contacts, contacting them and then selling your plan. And see if you can arrange a litt;e more time to do this with your present owners (having your plan in hand).

    That's my two cents...good luck!

  • December 15, 2008

    10:44 AM

    Everyone else's fault writes:

    The Rocky has a tabloid story about Obama's birth certificate and they wonder why they are slipping from being a relevant news source. Not only is Obama a citizen he is our next president and playing to the GOP and its minimized support is why the RMN is a failure. People want real news and local information not a GOP slanted tabloid. How about covering the countless local Christmas events instead of playing for the tinfoil hat brigade? I bet a lot of local people would buy the paper if their kid’s picture was in it instead of a bunch of bitter political pandering.

  • December 15, 2008

    11:34 AM

    Pat Goehry writes:

    We have had Rocky Mtn News for 48 +years. We just got a computer last year but you can read Rocky at our convience. I read everything except sports.Obituaries are always 1st thing in morning. the rest later in day. My husband does business, sudukos, & funnies. Denver post is to hard to hold & read even after eye surgery. There still are a lot of people w/o computers. I save some articles, some I sent to others out of state.
    I understand tough economy, & disagree with this high tech progress but oh well. Our little dog loves to go help us get paper every morning in summer it is 4:30 am when we go with him. Our prayers are that someway newspapers can be salvaged. I also know journalists be it on tv,newspaper etc are controlled on what they can report, but human interest & caring needs to be in print as well as other news media.
    Thank You for setting up this websight for all of us.

  • December 15, 2008

    11:37 AM

    Kristine Olsen writes:

    I have lived in Denver 22 years. I have read the paper every day!! Even when we go camping I have to pick up the Rocky at the nearest town every day. Why don't some of the employees go together, get financial backing from somebody with big bucks (I know, fantasy) and buy the paper. I don't like the Post. I will cry if the Rocky goes under.

  • December 15, 2008

    11:39 AM

    Sally Cumine writes:

    I have read both Denver papers since I was old enough to read the paper. I will never sit at the computer for hours to read the news when I can relax on the couch, or while eating my breakfast, and read the paper from cover to cover. I prefer the Rocky because of its excellent editorial page that has both sides of political issues (no leaning from left to right as many claim,) and its more convenient size. I will be at a complete loss if we lose that wonderful paper.

  • December 15, 2008

    11:59 AM

    Kathy Kohler writes:

    I love the News! Upon moving to Denver 10 years ago, I chose the Rocky as my favorite paper because of it's size, the many astute columnists' writings, as well as the terrific coverage of pertinent events. I would never read the news on-line - I enjoy my coffee & breakfast w/the Rocky, and look forward to it every morning. I agree with another blogger who suggested an employee-owned paper! Why not? You guys are the experts! Let's not let this paper sink into oblivian - a demise undeserving of such an historical paper - let's keep it alive for 150 years & beyond!

  • December 15, 2008

    12:12 PM

    margaret Skiff writes:

    My family has four generations in Colorado. I love the Photos,articles on news and other things.
    I cannot imagine not getting my Rocky. I get it every morning. It is just part of my routine. Anything that has been a part of Colorado for almost 150 years needs to be preserved. Would lowering advertising costs help? am wishing with all my heart that someone will come forward.Or Scripps will change their mind.

  • December 15, 2008

    12:37 PM

    elaine writes:

    My boys started delivering the News back in 1960 and have read it since then. I love the tabloid size, the quality of the news,I start my day with Marmaduke (gee, I would miss him) and don't stop reading until I have finished Celebrity Cypher and the cross word puzzle--so you see I couldn't get along wothout my morning "fix", so please, please, don't take away my paper. I don't enjoy the Sat. format as well, and do not like Sunday very much at all ! Subscibed before '60 so I am a long time subsciber who knows what she likes !!!!Please save us !!!

  • December 15, 2008

    12:39 PM

    elaine bennion writes:

    My only comment---why was it refused?????

  • December 15, 2008

    12:59 PM

    Frank writes:

    Delivered the Rocky when I was 13 years old. A long, long time ago. I will miss the Rocky. I like a morning paper and the size of the Rocky. Did not like the reporting and editorials lately. I was reading an article the other day and I starting thinking " who wrote this..?" Looked up to the top of the article and it was from the New York Times. Look at their financials. There's a paper you want to copy. Can't even read the funnies any more without political junk. DP will follow soon.

  • December 15, 2008

    2:40 PM

    Ottis writes:

    It is sad that the Rocky is for sale, but it was inevitable - at least since the joint operating agreement. The same thing has happened elsewhere. The JOA always claims it will engender healthy competition as it shares some support services, but one paper always loses. Used to be the afternoon paper that lost. Now it is the Rocky, and its unusual format. The Denver Post doesn't sound like it is doing that well, either. In today's world, it's tough to run a newspaper. There is the Internet and all its news, and then there is the fact that many young people today don't read - not really. They skim or browse. And that isn't what a good newspaper is about. So good luck. I hope the Rocky continues.

  • December 15, 2008

    3:43 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Yes it is very sad if we do lose the Rocky.
    Having both papers made the reporters work a little harder to bring us the news, in my humble.

    Both papers are Liberal biased but the Rocky tends to be a little more balance where as the Post is seldom balanced and I am sure if the competition leaves the Post will become ever more Liberal biased.

    However, I don't think this is the only reason why they are struggling.
    Many varieties of the media are struggling in a technology take over where breaking news comes to us via i-phones in mere seconds.

  • December 15, 2008

    4:27 PM

    bob writes:

    Don't like the post, never did. Keep the rocky.Will miss sunday tv dial, and convenient paper size for reading at the table, also like the writers and columns. Have been getting the rocky since 1961.

  • December 15, 2008

    4:31 PM

    bob writes:

    Don't like the post, never did. Keep the rocky.Will miss sunday tv dial, and convenient paper size for reading at the table, also like the writers and columns. Have been getting the rocky since 1961.

  • December 15, 2008

    4:49 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    I guess the RMN likes to keep disenting opinions off their boards, just like the neo cons. You endorsed bush twice, you got what you deserved.

  • December 15, 2008

    4:50 PM

    Ed Kosorok writes:

    Growing up in Colorado, the Rocky Mtn News becomes part of your life. I don't want to get my news from the internet, or TV alone. I need a few minutes each day with my paper. It informs, relaxes, entertains, and keeps me in touch with the world. The RMN is the best paper in Denver.

  • December 15, 2008

    5:21 PM

    Cable News writes:

    Coloradans are just tired of the lack of hard news available in the RMN and the Post. Too many big city papers have resorted to selective reporting of stories, filtering out or failing to include pertinent facts color the impressions of the readers.

    Dispassionate and unbiased journalism is truly dead.

  • December 15, 2008

    6:03 PM

    David Damrell writes:

    I have been reading the News since I was real young. When I lived in the Denver area I always subscribed to the NEWS, not the post. I enjoy all sections and disagree with many. I now live in Severance and don't subscribe but do read it online. I have never liked the Post or it's format. The Rocky Mountain NEWS is the paper I buy when I sit down for breakfast. Don't runine my breakfast! HELP, SOMEONE, DON'T LET IT LEAVE!

  • December 15, 2008

    6:44 PM

    Kevin J Jones writes:

    Good luck keeping things afloat.

    (Mark Wolf, The HTML is off in your post, IWantMyRocky.com is treated as an e-mail address)

  • December 15, 2008

    7:23 PM

    Phil Saba writes:

    i delivered the rocky mt news when i was a kid. i really love the size and format of the rocky mt news. it is the only paper i will read. if it changes to only the denver post i will drop my subscription.

  • December 15, 2008

    7:26 PM

    phil saba writes:

    I dlivered the rocky mt news when i was a kid (a long time ago) and it is the only paper i have ever taken. i love the format and size of the paper. can read it sitting in my chair. i will not subscribe to the denver post. good luck rocky!

  • December 15, 2008

    7:30 PM

    phil saba writes:

    i delivered the rocky mt news when i was a kid (sixty some yrs ago) i like the size of the paper. it is the only paper i have ever subscribed to. will not take any other paper. good luck keeping the paper going. i love it.

  • December 15, 2008

    7:36 PM

    veronica abeyta writes:

    we have had the rock mtn news in our home since we were kids. my parents read and we have it in our home and our children have it in theirs. it is easy to read and doesnt take up the whole table to read it.it saddens me that the higher ups cant figure a way to make it work. i thought the two papers were one, since when are they now divided? as far as the post you have to pack a lunch just to get from one end of the paper to the other. save the rocky mtn news, save these peoples job, we have enough companies who throw in th towel qnd take the easy way out. this is part of colorado history, why destroy it. KEEP THE ROCKY MTN NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • December 15, 2008

    7:50 PM

    Phil Saba writes:

    I delivered the rocky mt news when i was a kid(about 60 years ago) I like the size and format of the paper. it is easy to read. i have subscribed to the rocky for over 50 years. i will not subscribe to any other paper. good luck keeping the rocky afloat.

  • December 15, 2008

    9:32 PM

    Long Time RMN Reader writes:

    If you guys make it, great. If you don't, good luck finding new jobs, in all sincerity. My choice has always been the RMN over the DP, but both paper's investigative reporters have been slipping in my opinion. If you do save it, write FACTS, not just the half truths and sensationalism that you think will sell papers. The educated people in the know have no respect for the RMN reporters (and there are a bunch of you) who know all of the facts and only report what you want. Maybe this is KARMA coming back to bite you in the butt.

  • December 16, 2008

    1:38 AM

    B. West writes:

    Maybe the Rocky Mountain News has become way to liberal! The Denver Post used to take that award but you're giving them a run for the money. Each party needs equal coverage and you've failed the local republican...

  • December 16, 2008

    12:54 PM

    Margaret writes:

    I have subscribed to the Rocky for over 50 years. I look forward to starting my day with it. I think your photo(color) is outstanding. I love not only how well you report but I like other things you also print besides news. Please don't let it go away. Its Colo. history

  • December 16, 2008

    1:00 PM

    maragaret writes:

    I have had the Rocky for 50 years. I enjoy the news and photos. Also the other things it touchs on. Cannot imagine not starting my day without it

  • December 16, 2008

    3:02 PM

    freemarketworks writes:

    I've subscribed to the Rocky Mountain News for the past 20 years. If the "News" disappears, I'll renew my WSJ subscription, pick-up a subscription to the Villager and get my local daily news on-line from one, or several of the local news channels. I won't pay for the "Post."

    With that said, employee ownership is a great way to go if you have a profitalbe business plan and a hard-nosed operations executive in place to properly execute the plan. I wish the Rocky the best of luck this following year!

  • December 16, 2008

    6:01 PM

    Dan writes:

    I have been a subscriber since 1979. The writers at the Rocky are great, and put the other paper to shame, I can read the Rocky on the Bus, cannot read the post on the bus, if the Rocky closes I will not subscribe to the Post. Your writers are better plus Drew with the cartoons and Penny with the news about town, and sports writers are excellent. Hoping the Rocky does not go under.

  • December 16, 2008

    9:37 PM

    Beyer Patton writes:

    I have subscribed to your paper for several years and will miss it if you close. I get the Post on Sundays so can compare the two and I find the Rocky to be much easier to read, because of it's size, the fact that articles are continued on the next page, and the use of section names with meaning rather than numbers or letters. I will miss some of the reporters columns as well, although I suppose the Post has good reporters as well, so it is mainly the format as described above that I prefer the Rocky. I should add perhaps that I am in my 60's so am used to reading print material and do not usually look for such on the internet.

  • December 16, 2008

    10:43 PM

    Freda Borden writes:

    I pray every day that nobody steps forward and you all get pinkslips. Not because I lack compassion, I am steeped in it. But because you abused the public trust and spent the last 5 years arrogantly printing left wing garbage in our beloved paper we have read since before any of you were employed there.

    This current staff ran this paper into the ground and for destroying a 150 year old institution they deserve the most severe of punishments.

  • December 17, 2008

    10:09 AM

    Republican Rag writes:

    Let go of the rim so we can flush already! I am sorry that some people at the RMN are losing their jobs but the paper is to blame for the lack of local interest and the filtering of national news. You have readers that you have fed such a steady diet of GOP slant they have lost reality. This is not the paper it was in the past and has been in decline since the 80s.

  • December 17, 2008

    3:46 PM

    Bouldergeist writes:

    If the Rocky actually did any investigative reporting worth talking about, it might even be indispensable. But as it now stands -- merely regurgitating AP stories and spewing incontinent opinion -- it really won't be missed.

    The Westword has both dailies beat all hollow.

  • December 19, 2008

    6:17 AM

    Tom writes:

    I would love to see the Post go and the Rocky stay. Keep the Rocky in all its former 7-days-a-week glory!

    THAT'S a paper I'd re-subscribe to!

  • December 19, 2008

    7:01 AM

    mosley writes:

    I too wish they would keep the Rocky. But since the days of the Composing Room confabs, we could see it coming-- it was openly discussed that this was the plan since before the JOA was formed. It is now only news to the public.
    Sadly, the ex-employees of both papers (of which there are hundreds) knew this has been coming for, oh, about 7 years.

    Good work, Littwin and colleagues. Your writing has never been better. In spite of it all, keep writing as long as you have ink. Or pixels. We like the gallows humor, too. Like a mirror close to the vest, it reflects reality for many of us this holiday season. Go down with the ship! We are still listening to your music.

    Best wishes, my friends.

  • December 19, 2008

    9:51 AM

    Iceman7 writes:


    Hey Mark Wolf:

    Try this for a Mission Statement.

    "We the employees of the RMN pledge to provide our readers with informative, objective and non bias reporting that will afford our readers the opportunity to learn and make intelligent decisions."

    Oh yes we plan to put a cork in Littwin's none sensical noise

    Ice

  • December 22, 2008

    1:00 PM

    Jeff writes:

    New Flash! RMN to go under despite pleas from liberal staff...

    The paper product called RMN is doomed and will not survive. Although I personally subscribe to and read the RMN daily I won't miss ignoring the pages and pages of ads. The daily content of 'news' reported by this liberal rag is about 5 total pages with the rest advertisements. The utter refusal of the RMN in covering substantive news stories (not just Op-Eds) such as our President elect's refusal to provide certified credentials of his US Born status, the ties of this same man to known domestic terrorists (buried on page 32 'after' the election) and others too numerous to list are examples of their unending left-wing bias and subscription.

    It'll be a nice change in not being bombarded by the whiny headlines from Campos, Littwin, Johnson, Griego and the repulsive cartoon attempts of Stein in search for the few remaining conservative columns.

    Good Riddence RMN I look for the ressurection of a conservative competitor to the more obnoxious Denver Post. See the main problem is that just associating the subscriptions to the content as approval or disapprovel doesn't give the needed granularity as to 'why'. Check the link traffic to your Op-Ed writers and stories to see the reason why.

  • December 23, 2008

    10:02 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    It's too bad that Jason Salzman can't get in the game, along with the rest of the Rocky Mountain News staff. Denver and the RMN would benefit from halting their fond look back at 150 years of the RM News, and instead, looking ahead to a brilliant, contentious and interesting future in Denver journalism. I pulled the entire roster of News staff that Salzman was so miffed about when Westword said keep just 5. It turns out that these writers are, in large part, just advertising supplements added to a few pages of wire service feeds. They couldn't aggressively report on anything, because they would be biting the hand that feeds them. And many of them write an article here, an article there – it is at their leisure, not under pressure of daily events cascading around them. If you do a spreadsheet on the writers and their output, it’s an embarrassment.

    The next step for the RMN is to make that nice new building at the corner of Colfax and Broadway the Hyde Park Speaker’s Corner of the United States. Give Gunny Bob and Mike Littwin, Mike Rosen and Jason Salzman podiums on the ground floor, and live feeds to the web. Sell the advertising on the streaming feeds, invite the audience to participate live, and take their turns on the podium. If you’ve got something to say, then say it; just don’t expect to get a free ride. Make your audience laugh, cry, salute or sing.

    Stop this nonsense of save the paper because you ‘deserve it’. We’ve voted with our wallets. And I don’t agree with Rosen or Gunny Bob, but I listen to them. Go figure.

  • December 24, 2008

    11:39 AM

    Dave Hammond writes:

    Things have not ever been in this great a flux before for newspapers, which is a direct result of the invention of the Internet. What I do find so terribly tragic is the fact that so much that was once so good is about to disappear.

    While I tend to agree with those who recommend an Employee own newspaper, I am not at all certain how much money this would cost for all of you to do.l

    Note: This is not unlike any other industry in the United States today. It's coming apart at the seems. When I was born, everything was made in the United States. Now, almost nothing is made in the United States any longer, because it can be done for a lesser price overseas than it can be done here.

    Still, I would explore how much money would be required for the professionals who write here to
    publish their own version of this one terrific newspaper. If it's possible, then you could issue shares as a public entity and perhaps get money that way too. While I must admit that I am not as
    confident this can be done, you owe it to yourselves and your readers to find out as much about it as you possible can. Otherwise, it's early retirement for most of you, and we all know how very badly that turns out to be for those who
    are forced to go this direction.

    If there is anything else that an individual can do to assist you, it would be really wise to solicit that advice! Best of luck, everyone.

  • December 25, 2008

    7:11 AM

    MtnLover writes:

    It's all part of progress and the changing of the way we get our news.

    TV News will be the next to see the shift.

  • December 25, 2008

    5:07 PM

    Thomas Paul writes:

    THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS ENDORSED THESE CROOKS
    IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR TWO TERMS. THEY LIED TO
    ALL OF US, BUT YOU HELPED THEM GET IN. NOW YOU
    HAVE TO EAT THEIR COOKING, WHICH INCLUDES THIS
    ECONOMIC DEPRESSION THEIR NUTTY WAR PUT US IN.

  • December 26, 2008

    12:28 PM

    Shirley Gordon writes:

    I can't imagine life without my Rocky Mountain News. Reading a good newspaper does become part of your daily life! The content and size of the Rocky makes it enjoyable reading. Denver needs two newspapers. I have been a subscriber to the Rocky since 1961. The Denver Post is too big for enjoyable reading and way too liberal for me! I will never subscribe to the Post.
    PLEASE SAVE THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS!

  • December 28, 2008

    9:30 PM

    Douglas Robinson writes:

    Save the Rocky. We need this paper. It's part of Colorado.

  • December 29, 2008

    7:21 PM

    Edward Hawley writes:

    We have been loyal subscribers to the Rocky since arriving in Denver in September 1971. We were first drawn to the tabloid format and fail to understand why it is not used more widely. All four of us here find it our primary source of news, which is reported with competence and balance. The wide variety of columnists, local and syndicated, stimulate our own analysis. We recognize the loss of revenue from classified ads, but will be willing to keep subscribing even if a rise in subscription rates proves necessary. From the amount of space devoted to ther advertising it is clear that most businesses would be willing to pay more to keep their message before a significant section of the public. We urge Scripps-Howard to reconsider if a competent buyer does not come forward.

  • December 29, 2008

    7:35 PM

    Ed and Gretchen Hawley writes:

    As subscribers since 1971, drawn to the Rocky by its tabloid format, despite its then conservative bias, we came to appreciate the increasaingly more balanced reporting and the willingness to print a wide variety of commentary, both local and syndicated. Hope a way is found to keep it coming to our front porch.

  • December 30, 2008

    12:47 AM

    Art Blackwell writes:

    I hate to say it, but print media is going the way of Buggy Whips and Coal Oil Lamps.

    But here's what we can do.

    I can give you some servers. Not the latest & greatest, but they can do the job. You can keep the Electronic Edition alive. Just figure out a way to pay everybody & keep the Internet link...

    Get the $$$ together to keep the rockymountainnews.com name, then make the whole " company " a NON BRICK AND MORTAR one!

    Learn how to go " lean and mean ". Other companies have..

    YourHub looks successful. That may be the wave of the future: Local NEWS REPORTING and not the cost of AP feeds..

    Get back to the HOMETOWN ROOTS!!

    I'm done. Good luck...

  • December 30, 2008

    11:10 AM

    RNC Slant? writes:

    Why are a VERY few people trying to use the paper going under as an anti-RNC RANT?

    The News needs to be saved. I absolutely hate Mike Littwin, he is not just a DNC member, he hates the RNC to his bones. BUT, if helping him will save the paper, count me in!

    Go back to Boulder and rant there; this is not a RNC/DNC issue. ALL papers slant the news based on the reporter. The Post is a DNC rag and that is irrelevant. I wonder why you VERY few DNC fanboys, who need to turn everything into an anti-RNC ranting, don’t mention all the anti-RNC news? That’s right, you eat that up as "real" news. Go back to your blog and blast everything you hate. Leave this to people that care. Find a different problem to turn into your blogging passion!

    Now, let’s get back to saving the paper, EVERYONE!

  • December 30, 2008

    11:12 AM

    RNC Slant? writes:

    Why are a VERY few people trying to use the paper going under as an anti-RNC RANT?

    The News needs to be saved. I absolutely hate Mike Littwin, he is not just a DNC member, he hates the RNC to his bones. BUT, if helping him will save the paper, count me in!

    Go back to Boulder and rant there; this is not a RNC/DNC issue. ALL papers slant the news based on the reporter. The Post is a DNC rag and that is irrelevant. I wonder why you VERY few DNC fanboys, who need to turn everything into an anti-RNC ranting, don’t mention all the anti-RNC news? That’s right, you eat that up as "real" news. Go back to your blog and blast everything you hate. Leave this to people that care. Find a different problem to turn into your blogging passion!

    Now, let’s get back to saving the paper, EVERYONE!

  • December 30, 2008

    11:14 AM

    RNC Slant? writes:

    Why are a VERY few people trying to use the paper going under as an anti-RNC RANT?

    The News needs to be saved. I absolutely hate Mike Littwin, he is not just a DNC member, he hates the RNC to his bones. BUT, if helping him will save the paper, count me in!

    Go back to Boulder and rant there; this is not a RNC/DNC issue. ALL papers slant the news based on the reporter. The Post is a DNC rag and that is irrelevant. I wonder why you VERY few DNC fanboys, who need to turn everything into an anti-RNC ranting, don’t mention all the anti-RNC news? That’s right, you eat that up as "real" news. Go back to your blog and blast everything you hate. Leave this to people that care. Find a different problem to turn into your blogging passion!

    Now, let’s get back to saving the paper, EVERYONE!

  • January 2, 2009

    8:31 AM

    Hogar De Vuelta (العودة) The Dominant Ultra-liberal Media (DUM) is irrelevant writes:

    Well let me start by wishing everyone a very Healthy and Happy New Year.

    In reading Sasqs little piece I think he hits the nail on the head. The RMN is presently in the media DMZ. Not conservative enough nor liberal enough to garner the needed capital. For the sake of this forum alone, I hope it is successful in it's bid to survive, but I suspect that the left leaning elements of the paper will prevent someone like Anschutz from coming to the rescue, and I dont' see many alternatives.

  • January 5, 2009

    8:53 AM

    Jason writes:

    For the last couple years I've been getting the Denver Post delivered to my door. Over that period, I've noticed a very large decrease in the quality and quantity of news I get in the Denver Post. I know both papers are hurting, and that the publisher's have made deep cuts, but The Post's news coverage, particularly in business, has gotten significantly worse than the Rocky. (I was considering switching papers about the time the Rocky's sale was announced). This happened during a time when both papers were competing, so how much worse will the Post be once the publisher has a freehand to make further cuts? The owner of the Post already has as much debt as Scripps, so I wouldn't be surprised if post-Rocky, hard news in Denver disappears.

  • January 5, 2009

    8:56 AM

    Jason writes:

    For the last couple years I've been getting the Denver Post delivered to my door. Over that period, I've noticed a very large decrease in the quality and quantity of news I get in the Denver Post. I know both papers are hurting, and that the publisher's have made deep cuts, but The Post's news coverage, particularly in business, has gotten significantly worse than the Rocky. (I was considering switching papers about the time the Rocky's sale was announced). This happened during a time when both papers were competing, so how much worse will the Post be once the publisher has a freehand to make further cuts? The owner of the Post already has as much debt as Scripps, so I wouldn't be surprised if post-Rocky, hard news in Denver disappears.

  • January 6, 2009

    9:22 AM

    Jan S. writes:

    I can't imagine not reading and chuckling over Mike Littwin (you're the best)or benefiting from the superior reporting of professionals like Lynn Bartels and so many others.

    James Meadow's features are all prize winners. Even without looking at the byline, I know before the end of the first paragraph who has written the piece. As an amateur journalist, I shake my head in wonder at the art of his writings.

    Too many others to mention ... I feel I'm losing good friends, and I share the concern about your futures.

  • January 7, 2009

    11:07 AM

    WyoDan writes:

    I've loved the Rocky since first moving to Denver for school in the early 90s. I've since moved away but always keep an eye on what the Rocky is doing. The photography has always been by far the best in the region, and the design and writing classy and clean. I was gut-punched when I heard of the sale, and still can't believe it might very well be the end. This is tragic.
    I truely hope someone would find the funding to at least keep the Rocky's archive online. As hard as it is to imagine the world without the Rocky, it's harder yet to think of all that great content vanishing into air.

  • January 7, 2009

    2:53 PM

    Ernie Milner writes:

    I have been a newspaperman since 1959 and I am amazed at the lack of interest the younger generation has in reading!! Not only newspapers but most types of books etc. "If it is on the computer, it is true" has been said too many times for me. Anyone can put junk on the computer and many believe that is the truth.

    Newspapers, even though they have faults, will only print articles and such of things that can be authenticated. People now just want the capsule news, not the whole story so they live with computer news and TV news where all they receive are the headlines. If it isn't catastrophic or earth shattering then most feel it is not true. Where would the world be without daily news.
    During WWII the newspapers were the only way the world could find out what was going on. Of course, because of the time delay between isolated locations and the news media locations, usually the time delay was as much as a week. Teach your kids to read and enjoy using their imagination with a good book and they will also learn to read the comics, sports, political pages and the "Daily News."

    I hope the Rockie can be saved for everyone to enjoy. Whenever I have the chance I pick up a copy of the Rocky News while in Colorado or other outlets surrounding the state. Now, I am only able to access the News via the internet, just like most are doing now. And the subscription rate is not bad.

    Good Luck! ---30---

  • January 7, 2009

    2:56 PM

    Ernie Milner writes:

    I have been a newspaperman since 1959 and I am amazed at the lack of interest the younger generation has in reading!! Not only newspapers but most types of books etc. "If it is on the computer, it is true" has been said too many times for me. Anyone can put junk on the computer and many believe that is the truth.

    Newspapers, even though they have faults, will only print articles and such of things that can be authenticated. People now just want the capsule news, not the whole story so they live with computer news and TV news where all they receive are the headlines. If it isn't catastrophic or earth shattering then most feel it is not true. Where would the world be without daily news.
    During WWII the newspapers were the only way the world could find out what was going on. Of course, because of the time delay between isolated locations and the news media locations, usually the time delay was as much as a week. Teach your kids to read and enjoy using their imagination with a good book and they will also learn to read the comics, sports, political pages and the "Daily News."

    I hope the Rockie can be saved for everyone to enjoy. Whenever I have the chance I pick up a copy of the Rocky News while in Colorado or other outlets surrounding the state. Now, I am only able to access the News via the internet, just like most are doing now. And the subscription rate is not bad.

    Good Luck! ---30---

  • January 7, 2009

    2:57 PM

    Ernie Milner writes:

    I have been a newspaperman since 1959 and I am amazed at the lack of interest the younger generation has in reading!! Not only newspapers but most types of books etc. "If it is on the computer, it is true" has been said too many times for me. Anyone can put junk on the computer and many believe that is the truth.

    Newspapers, even though they have faults, will only print articles and such of things that can be authenticated. People now just want the capsule news, not the whole story so they live with computer news and TV news where all they receive are the headlines. If it isn't catastrophic or earth shattering then most feel it is not true. Where would the world be without daily news.
    During WWII the newspapers were the only way the world could find out what was going on. Of course, because of the time delay between isolated locations and the news media locations, usually the time delay was as much as a week. Teach your kids to read and enjoy using their imagination with a good book and they will also learn to read the comics, sports, political pages and the "Daily News."

    I hope the Rockie can be saved for everyone to enjoy. Whenever I have the chance I pick up a copy of the Rocky News while in Colorado or other outlets surrounding the state. Now, I am only able to access the News via the internet, just like most are doing now. And the subscription rate is not bad.

    Good Luck! ---30---

  • January 8, 2009

    8:35 AM

    Jill Hutchings writes:

    I love the Rocky Mt News. My husband and I enjoy reading it everyday. When the Rocky Mt. newspaper leaves us we will cancel the paper and read the news on line, which is not the best, or watch the news on the TV. I know that this comment will not be important to save the Rocky Mt.newspaper,but hopefully the owner will see that there are a few of us that enjoyed reading this paper and will miss it when it goes away.

  • January 8, 2009

    8:40 AM

    Jill Hutchings writes:

    I love the Rocky Mt News. My husband and I enjoy reading it everyday. When the Rocky Mt. newspaper leaves us we will cancel the Denver Post paper, which we hate, and read the news on line, which is not the best, or watch the news on the TV. I know that this comment will not be important to save the Rocky Mt.newspaper,but hopefully the owner will see that there are a few of us that enjoyed reading this paper and will miss it when it goes away. Save the Rocky Mt. Newspaper!

  • January 8, 2009

    8:42 AM

    Jill Hutchings writes:

    I love the Rocky Mt News. My husband and I enjoy reading it everyday. When the Rocky Mt. newspaper leaves us we will cancel the Denver Post paper, which we hate, and read the news on line, which is not the best, or watch the news on the TV. I know that this comment will not be important to save the Rocky Mt.newspaper,but hopefully the owner will see that there are a few of us that enjoyed reading this paper and will miss it when it goes away. Save the Rocky Mt. Newspaper!

  • January 9, 2009

    8:57 AM

    John Eberlin writes:

    So I open my Rocky this morning and all I can find about last night's BCS game is a lousy column from Bernie L. Geez, Rocky, how gracious of you to spare even that space. The Denver Post, though, had full coverage. If this is how you guys are going to be, please just go now.

  • January 12, 2009

    9:14 AM

    Brian in Evans writes:

    I subscribe to the Rocky, and have for nearly 20 yrs., specifically because of the format, the size of the paper. Whether you're reading the paper on your couch, the kitchen table, or the break room at work, the post takes up too much space. I REALLY dis-like it. I've switched to the post a couple times and always went back. The denver post is difficult to handle. Too big and awkward. Other than the size of the paper, it's 6 of one, half a dozen the other. They're pretty much the same. They both report the same stories. It's ridiculous to have two major papers. Shut down the awkward handling denver post, and bring Woody Paige to the Rocky Mountain News.
    Thank You, and Good night.

  • January 12, 2009

    9:31 AM

    Brian in Evans writes:

    If I was a republican, I too would hate Mike Littwin. He has brilliantly covered in depth the two-faced antics of the republican party and routinely exposes them for the frauds they are.

    I would've liked to be in the board room meeting for the Rocky when they decided; "Hey! I know! Lets put the whole thing on-Line, for FREE! and see what that does to subscription numbers!"

    bRiLLiAnT! Have you ever stopped to think about how many more people would subscribe if it wasn't on line for free?

    How about make it available on-line to subscribers only?

    And, in closing, it's your own fault that the paper is not succeeding. Do You bring the people what they want? Obviously not. Was there ever even ONE STORY about the phenominal success of my Fantasy Football Team? No. From the brilliant draft day moves, to the many mid-season pick-ups, to the tremendous play-off victories, not ONCE did the Sports dept. pick up the phone and ask; "how did you do it!?"

  • January 12, 2009

    9:49 AM

    Mark Wolf writes:

    Brian in Evans,
    On behalf of everyone here at the Rocky, congratulations on a brilliant Fantasy season. Keep up the good work.

  • January 12, 2009

    8:27 PM

    guilty pleasures writes:

    I love the RMN and will be so very sad if it goes away. I've lived in many places and have never been as happy with a newspaper as I am with this one. I like the atypical format that makes it easier to read at a table. I like the columnists, even the ones I don't agree with. I don't think the newspaper is biased one way or the other. But to be completely honest, the thing that makes me get the paper every day is the abundance of comic strips! I'd like to pretend that I read the newspaper to be informed, but frankly it's a bad day if I don't get to read the funnies.

  • January 14, 2009

    1:31 PM

    Ted Kallman writes:

    It would be a cruel irony if the Rocky doesn’t even make it to its 150th anniversary. I’ve been saving the daily “Rocky @ 150″ features — hoping, against all indications, to be able to “collect ‘em all!?

  • January 15, 2009

    4:49 PM

    Republican Dude writes:

    Reading the RMN makes me think that every day in Colorado is a "slow news day." If the RMN could become more aggressive in investigative reporting and covering stories with more depth than The Post, I believe that it could survive. The RMN should also consider becoming an online-only newspaper since that seems to be the direction that most modern papers are heading anyway.

  • January 15, 2009

    5:37 PM

    Meg McCarthy writes:

    I love my Rocky! I heard Mike Littwin (one of the people I read the Rocky for) on Colorado Public Radio the other day - if most of the writers at the Rocky will never be employed in journalism again I will grieve the loss. We NEED a local news source and we NEED as many different sources and viewpoints as we can get. We need town councils, school meetings,land use hearings attended. We need to know what's happening in the Colorado congress.

    I subscribe to the paper and I even added an electronic version subscription, thinking that it might help - if all news will be on-line in the future. The electronic edition I found to be very cumbersome - I much prefer going to the Rocky web site (much more user friendly).

    I hope you can at least exist on the web and keep most of your staff somehow. I'd pay for it.

  • January 16, 2009

    11:36 AM

    HopiMedicineMan writes:

    This town won’t support another liberal newspaper. I believe this is the problem, thus Boulder Littwin is a problem. Simply put, he offends the base readership of the this paper. The Rocky is a tabloid, the art of which is scrupulously tight writing. Most people started taking the Rocky for its past brevity. The News has drifted toward the obesity of the broad sheet Post. Charlie Brennan, the last investigative journalist on the News should have been the only one given the green light for length. He was inscrutably objective. Too many at the News write too long. The last word of a Griego column is the most expensive word in the paper. I say return everyone to a tabloid style, convert columnists back to beat reporters and cover the suburbs, the territory of the traditional News readership. Don't fire Littwin, allow him to cover Idaho Springs news.

  • January 16, 2009

    12:46 PM

    Barack Obummer writes:

    I am glad to see another aggressive in your face temper tantrum throwing liberal / gay / atheist agenda activist publication going down. I am sure you guys employed there will have plenty to talk about while you wait in line for your hero Barack to come up with your hand out supplied by those who are working and shouldering responsibility.

  • January 16, 2009

    12:51 PM

    Barack Obummer writes:

    I am glad to see another aggressive in your face temper tantrum throwing liberal / gay / atheist agenda activist publication going down. I am sure you guys employed there will have plenty to talk about while you wait in line for your hero Barack to come up with your hand out supplied by those who are working and shouldering responsibility.

  • January 19, 2009

    7:32 AM

    pulpvillerick writes:

    It was one thing to endorse Bush the first time-after all, his campaign rhetoric was pretty mild and the country was suffering a hangover from Clinton. But after 4 years of Bush, to endorse him the second time was beyond the pale of common sense.
    Bush and his cronies let the banking system and Wall Street pick everyone's pockets, and now citizens who might have had extra money to invest have lost it all. Plus, they are fearful that the losses haven't stopped.

    The frick and frack of the newspaper business, Temple and Carroll, have created a schizoid tabloid that doesn't do it for the community, so why should anyone down there expect a bailout from the public? Really, when was the last time anyone HAD to buy a Rocky because it broke a story that exposed corruption and malfeasance? Do we really need book-long stories about decades old bus crashes in a daily newspaper?? I don't think so.

  • January 19, 2009

    8:18 PM

    Tree writes:

    I'm so pissed the RMN news is going away. I can type " I smoke purple bud from B.C. bongers and read the RMN and like it" and they actually believe me and want me to buy more of their product. The RMN of course.
    I know the real truth, there will be no more towns with 2 major papers. Gulp, we are already on the way of towns without (1) paper. Doooooooooh, the keyboard I'm typing on has replaced my first job, delivering the print.

  • January 21, 2009

    1:32 PM

    Anon E. Mouse writes:

    Read the Rocky from the time I moved to town (1980)--canceled the Post when it went to morning distribution.
    Love it--love the size, love the columnists, love the news coverage.
    If the Rocky goes, I'll teach this old dog a new trick and surf the net for news rather than subscribe to the Post.

  • January 21, 2009

    6:40 PM

    Chris writes:

    I am sorry to see many major metropolitan print media outlets going bankrupt. Why hasn't anyone in the industry commented on the traits that many, if not most, of these papers share.

    Biased news reporting. Predominantly liberal biased news reporting.

    Time to wake up and save the industry.

  • January 22, 2009

    6:15 AM

    EYOUNG writes:


    Sad, that Denver could end up without any paper at all~! As so many others who have posted, I grew up reading the Rocky,,, In fact, that was how I LEARNED to read,,, and to understand the world around me,,, well, as much as possible, anyway~!
    I DO like the idea of an employee owned paper, and the Rocky has ALWAYS had the best around.
    Let's Git-R-Done, folks,,,
    EY

  • January 22, 2009

    7:36 AM

    Anon E. Mouse writes:

    My Rocky wasn't on my doorstep this morning--I'm half-afraid to call, thinking I might hear: "Beep Beep BEEEEP--That number is no longer in service..."

    Anybody who thinks in this day that perceived left biased reporting (perceived, not necessarily actual)is the chief cause of the trouble facing the Rocky is simplistic and doctrine-driven.

    Who do they know under twenty-five who reads a paper, ANY paper? And do they know enough of them to keep a subscription-based paper afloat?

    Let's face it--people like me are dying off every day, and we're not being replaced with younger readers.

    So stop putting a political spin on it, and look at the simple economics of it, combined with changing methods of news consumption.

  • January 22, 2009

    5:54 PM

    Too Funny writes:

    "Anybody who thinks in this day that perceived left biased reporting (perceived, not necessarily actual)is the chief cause of the trouble facing the Rocky is simplistic and doctrine-driven."

    That must explain the pattern of media corp failures - The NYT, the Boston Globe, Air America.

    (What a dipstick)

    That's OK libbies. Just keep your heads wedged up that crack.

  • January 26, 2009

    1:09 PM

    Linda Nickolai writes:

    Like almost everyone here, I too grew up reading the Rocky. The Rocky I miss has not been in existence for over 20 years. The Rocky of certainly the last ten years has no one to blame but itself. The Rocky kept driving the price of a subscription higher and higher and ultimately it just did not make financial sense to continue to take the paper. The Rocky made most of their money off of the advertisers and the amount charged to the advertisers was based on distribution of their paper. When we can no longer afford to subscribe to the paper, distribution numbers go down . . . it does not take a genius to figure out exactly what is going to happen. RMN did nothing to keep their old customers, nor did they stay in touch with the reality of what was happening in the very town they report on. Although I hated the daily conservative bias, I still used to enjoy my coffee and a newspaper; however, I quickly learned that coffee tastes the same in front of my computer. The best part is, when I come to the super-biased or extreme conservative crap on the computer, a click will take me elsewhere to read about events in the world. For all of you who long for the Rocky to come back, I wish you the best in having that happen. I long for any paper that will just print the facts, no left or right spin, just report the news. You all have a better chance of the Rocky coming back than I do of getting a paper with just facts and no spin.

  • January 26, 2009

    5:53 PM

    Bonnie Leman writes:

    The Rocky Mountain News has been my inseparable partner with my morning coffee since 1950 when I moved to Denver. It has also been my friend, my source of information about Colorado and the world, and a habit I can't imagine breaking. I love its easy-to-read format at the breakfast table, its writers and contributors, its excellent coverage, everything about it. I told my family all I wanted for Christmas was for the Rocky to continue, but they couldn't find a way to make that happen. I do so hope you can find a way to keep publishing, but if you can't, I want to say thank you so much for the richness it has given us and for the memories.
    Bonnie Leman

  • January 26, 2009

    9:55 PM

    Freda Borden writes:

    To quote a very funny person from earlier in the columns please let go of the edge of the toilet so we can flush.

    You've been prolonging our delay of enjoyment at your timely demise.


  • January 27, 2009

    1:35 PM

    Ted Kallman writes:

    Freda People,

    What's wrong with you? You are truly twisted. Please keep your poison to yourself.

  • January 28, 2009

    9:55 AM

    Ted Kallman writes:

    Oops...must've missed the "Don't feed the trolls" sign.

  • January 29, 2009

    4:27 PM

    Hogar De Vuelta (العودة) The Dominant Ultra-liberal Media (DUM) is irrelevant writes:

    Well it was nice to see that the RMN is still here. Having been to busy to "play in the sand" lately I was afraid that I might have missed the last day.

    I hope that you find a way to save the paper.

  • January 30, 2009

    8:46 AM

    Jim writes:

    looks like its time for people at RMN to start their own paper. Nothing like owning your own business. Employee owned. Think of the freedom.

  • February 3, 2009

    9:00 AM

    Donald E. Smith writes:

    I am 87 years old. I delivered RockyMontain news hhen I was a teen ager on bycicle in North Denver. We paper carriers were allways in competitio to the Denver Post. Didn't like them then and still don't. I think it would almost be criminal to lose the Rocky Mountain News now. with
    Regards to the paper

  • February 3, 2009

    9:05 AM

    Donald E. Smith writes:

    I am 87 years old. I delivered RockyMontain news hhen I was a teen ager on bycicle in North Denver. We paper carriers were allways in competitio to the Denver Post. Didn't like them then and still don't. I think it would almost be criminal to lose the Rocky Mountain News now. with
    Regards to the paper

  • February 4, 2009

    5:57 PM

    Bud writes:

    Looks like there is only room for one liberal biased print media product in this town.

    Now I did not see that one coming....

  • February 4, 2009

    9:24 PM

    peterpi writes:

    Looks like the squabbling is already starting in: Divorce attornies are squaring off, the Denver Post is trying to persuade a skeptical undertaker to bury a still-breathing client, the Post is coveting the house, and borrowing against it, while the Rocky still owns part of it. There's a likely prospect both papers will fold, And ...
    Conservative posters say they stopped reading the Rocky because it was too nice to Obama, while liberal posters say they stopped reading the Rocky because it was too nice to Bush. If everyone, liberal or conservative, who claims they stopped reading the Rocky because it was slanted against them actually did so, no wonder the paper is folding, LOL
    News Flash Hot Off The Presses: Littwin, Rosen, Will, Keillor, etc., are opinion columnists. They get hired to write opinions. Opinionated opinions. They aren't, and never were, hired (or subscribed to) to write objective news articles. But, I bet you Limbaugh listeners think he's only giving the news. Sheeesh!

  • February 4, 2009

    9:30 PM

    peterpi writes:

    Looks like the squabbling is already starting in: Divorce attornies are squaring off, the Denver Post is trying to persuade a skeptical undertaker to bury a still-breathing client, the Post is coveting the house, and borrowing against it, while the Rocky still owns part of it. There's a likely prospect both papers will fold, And ...
    Conservative posters say they stopped reading the Rocky because it was too nice to Obama, while liberal posters say they stopped reading the Rocky because it was too nice to Bush. If everyone, liberal or conservative, who claims they stopped reading the Rocky because it was slanted against them actually did so, no wonder the paper is folding, LOL
    News Flash Hot Off The Presses: Littwin, Rosen, Will, Keillor, etc., are opinion columnists. They get hired to write opinions. Opinionated opinions. They aren't, and never were, hired (or subscribed to) to write objective news articles. But, I bet you Limbaugh listeners think he's only giving the news. Sheeesh!

  • February 5, 2009

    1:30 AM

    Ted Haggard writes:

    Its time to find a new Job

    http://www.ehow.com/how_4450771_become-porn-writer.html

    heres a new industry with big demand on line.

    can you imagine litwin, lincome, rosen ,etc
    commenting here? lol

  • February 5, 2009

    7:42 AM

    SASQUATCH writes:

    I am going WSJ--both hard copy and on-line. The Denver Post is not a Colorado newspaper, its a liberal big-city (Denver) newspaper that is not an alternative.

    Sorry to see the RMN go, the DNA and DP can go croak along with the rest of the failing MSM.

  • February 5, 2009

    7:42 AM

    panther90 writes:

    rockymountain news 1852-2009

  • February 5, 2009

    7:51 AM

    argyllskier writes:

    For everyone that will miss the Rocky-

    For everyone that says this is business-

    For everyone that will NOT miss the Rocky-

    For everyone that loves The Post-

    For everyone that hates The Post-

    For anyone that feels the need to be informed about their community-

    BE READY FOR THIS TO BE A ONE NEWSPAPER TOWN FOR A BRIEF TIME BEFORE IT BECOMES A NO NEWSPAPER TOWN.

    MediaNews is in a much worse financial position than Scripps is. Singleton's MediaSnooze is nearly $1 BILLION in debt. The Rocky is Scripps' ONLY loss property. Soon you will have to rely on Westword and the Denver Daily "News" for your information.

    Does that sound like a good proposition in anyway? Regardless of the politically biased argument that many have on these comment boards? Our government already doesn't listen to us and is as corrupt as ever with two established newspapers trying to report with small staffs. Imagine how it will go as more and more newspapers begin to fall to the side of the littered roadway of US commerce.

  • February 5, 2009

    10:50 AM

    GenBalthus writes:

    Let me first say that I do not take glee in people losing their jobs, even people with whom I vehemently disagree. Losing a job affects not only the person who lost it, it affects their families as well as their friends.

    I do not chuckle with schadenfreude, Mark. I have been there myself far too many times to take joy at the misfortune of the Rocky staff.

    However, if the two-paper charade is unsustainable, the corporation must either eliminate the paper that is doing worse, or it is not living up to its fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders, and even risks having to close both.

    I neither dislike nor love either the RMN or the DP. But how is a business to continue to exist if the product it produces is no longer economically viable? Is it better to clutch to both papers and see both go under?

  • February 5, 2009

    11:09 AM

    Iceman7 writes:


    Mark Wolf,

    I wish the very best for you! I hope that wish ever newspaper survives they will keep you on board. You are doing a great job keeping the dialogue going on these blog pages.

    Ice

  • February 5, 2009

    11:50 AM

    GenBalthus writes:

    I would like to remind ANYONE who is expressing happiness over the closing of the Rocky to stop for a moment and think how you would feel if YOUR job were being eliminated, and you had the general public guffawing and telling you it is not happening fast enough?

    Come on, guys. These are real people with real families. This is not comedy, it is tragedy.

    Have some respect for your fellow man.

    I may go after viewpoints I disagree with hammer and tong, but I do not seek the destruction of the lives of those with whom I disagree.

    Is your existence seriously made better by reveling in the discomfort of others?

  • February 5, 2009

    12:35 PM

    prima facie writes:

    The death of a newspaper, even among competitors, isn't a time for celebration. It's more than just another business, dozens of which come and go every week.

    But no one should be surprised. This day was coming. Newspapers are struggling even in one-paper cities. But two? Both of which are published on the same schedule, mornings, and both of which whose business operations are run by an entity that seeks to keep things evenly balanced -- including circulation numbers, which drive advertising rates?

    Other than one can fold up neatly in your wallet, there isn't much difference between the two in coverage and scope. The News is clearly Denver-centric while the Post at least had a broader scope for a while, but even that branding is gone as the Post circles its wagons tighter. If I'm in Durango or Grand Junction, why am I buying either paper?

    Survival for both would be to set themselves apart from each other. One publishes in the afternoon, the other morning. One goes strongly Denver-centric, the other takes a broader regional scope. Give readers a reason to buy both.

  • February 5, 2009

    6:52 PM

    JGrahamK writes:

    Rocky Newsroom...The Denver Post thinks it can kill off the Rocky, so you Rocky employees should change the game.
    You're going to be unemployed anyway. Get together and publish your stuff on the web. I'd pay to subscribe to that. I'll never pay for the Post.
    Look ahead 5 or 10 years. A printed & delivered newspaper, no matter how much we love it today, will soon be a fond memory in history.
    Rocky editor John Temple is right. Out of the ashes will come something new. It's up to you if you want to take your best shot to make it so. If not, someone else will. The Post won't survive, it'll just die a slower death and lose more money doing so. Use your talents and team together to bring something new and exciting to the marketplace.

  • February 9, 2009

    6:00 AM

    YES WE CAN writes:

    Here is a list of great places to work. No layoffs ever.

    http: //finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/106534/No-Layoffs-Ever

    RMN needs management like these companies.

  • February 9, 2009

    2:16 PM

    GOP Blameless? writes:

    ANOTHER RIGHT WING TERRORIST
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/09/tennessee.church.shooting.plea/index.html

  • February 13, 2009

    12:19 PM

    Beware of simple answers writes:

    One thing is clear - oversimplifying this situation into winners and losers makes no sense. It's a complex story which is tricky to cover - both papers have diverse media 'families' which face challenges reporting on their own industry which is in crisis already. That crisis might be a cover for a local tragedy with other causes as well.

    Like steroids in baseball, there are lots of ways to get ahead, or to fall behind. The histories of the Post and Rocky are rich and colorful, and if the stories were told, the current episode would undoubtedly have some flavor of the Old West as well!

    In this case, it looks like one big factor is control of the 'well', the Joint Operating Agreement that formed the DNA. There's not enough water in the well, one side is saying that the other side absconded with it, while the other side wants the well to itself. When will Marshal Dillon ride into town?

  • February 14, 2009

    10:26 AM

    eric jennings writes:

    Please somebody come together with financing and save the Rocky. Denver and the Rocky Mountain region are better off having the competition of a two-newspaper town.

  • February 18, 2009

    11:45 PM

    BillORights writes:

    i dont know how these people think that the rocky is liberal. they endorsed bush twice, buried the falsehoods about intelligence before iraq invasion, continued to bury it when it was later called pre-war intelligence. backed cheney. didnt challenge patriot act or patriot act II.
    it didnt even report the illegal wiretapping of jounalists that wrote on bush and cheney unfavorably, or journalists that were put on no fly lists because they wrote something about karl rove. they thoughorly backed the gop to the point of betraying their own vocation.
    other than Little, this is 3/4 gop paper.
    it will be sad to see it go. i have been reading it since the '70's.

  • February 19, 2009

    8:41 AM

    Gunny Bob writes:

    "Some of the very best journalism in the nation..."?

    Huh? Say what? When? In what articles and columns?

  • February 19, 2009

    10:25 AM

    hmmmm writes:

    Start with the ones that won all the Pulitzers, jackass. This ain't talk radio -- they do real work.

  • February 19, 2009

    11:37 AM

    SASQUATCH writes:

    Its over for the Rocky, although the precise date has yet to be determined. The "Fat Lady" has sung.

    There is no financial institution on the planet today that will finance any deal in a rapidly failing industry. If GM, Citi, AIG, etc. are effictively in Chapter 11, then why not the real thing for the Rocky? This is no longer an exclusive club.

    As for me, I have already gone WSJ--$99 and deliverd in my driveway 6-days a week--and all that with a free on-line edition as well. I will miss the local sports in the Rocky, but I will not miss the brain damage served-up by a liberal/socialist (Denver) agenda. And with FoxNew, my info plate is both complete and full.

    So goodbye and good luck, I wish you all well.


  • February 19, 2009

    11:51 AM

    Gunny Bob writes:

    I see. You base your opinions on the opinions of others who happen to award prizes.

    Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize, son. Gore wins a prize for anything he does on his global warming scam.

    Try basing your opinion on what you feel, not what others say you should feel. IOW, stand on your own two feet. You will find it refreshing and wonderful change of pace for you.

  • February 19, 2009

    12:23 PM

    jay writes:

    I'm sorry but after years of paying high rates to publish ad's, bad customer service and overpaid journalists I'm supposed to feel bad?

  • February 19, 2009

    5:12 PM

    Gunny Bob writes:

    I don't understand why so many of you are gleeful at the silencing of opposing voices. You sound like Obamanistas. The whole point of the 1st Amendment seems to be being missed by some of you.

    I just returned from Hong Kong and the Philippines where they enjoy free speech. No one there was calling for opposing voices to be silenced. Think about that.

    Sure, Campos, Littwin and Salzman are train wrecks who have contributed to the demise of their paper, but to be happy about the Colorado families who will now suffer because of paper mismanagement? Come on.

  • February 19, 2009

    5:14 PM

    Gunny Bob writes:

    I don't understand why so many of you are gleeful at the silencing of opposing voices. You sound like Obamanistas. The whole point of the 1st Amendment seems to be being missed by some of you.

    I just returned from Hong Kong and the Philippines where they enjoy free speech. No one there was calling for opposing voices to be silenced. Think about that.

    Sure, Campos, Littwin and Salzman are train wrecks who have contributed to the demise of their paper, but to be happy about the Colorado families who will now suffer because of paper mismanagement? Come on.

  • February 20, 2009

    10:53 AM

    Iceman7 writes:

    Mark,

    I wish you the very best. But I am with Gunny.

    Campos, Littiwn and Salzman added to the demise of the RMN. No one at the paper understood our dislike of these loons.

  • February 21, 2009

    4:53 AM

    dobsylyn writes:

    I deliver both the Denver Post and The Rocky...For those of you complaining about the size of the Post, they've downsized the overall dimensions...not to save a tree but, I believe, to prepare for those getting booted off the Rocky or for a potential takeover. Not much to be said about scuttlebutt, there doesn't seem to be much on either side. One feels in limbo about each paycheck that comes in. On my side, I hope the Post takes over both subscriptions...I may still be able to feed my family if the count doesn't drop too drastically.

  • February 21, 2009

    12:22 PM

    iggypuppet writes:

    I wonder if Gunny Bob even has a toe in the reality pool! I doubt it. Now he is blaming the left for trying to silence voices of dissent... where was that righteousness when Bush's speeches, rallies and everything else were filled with hand-picked supporters and those who dared to wear a shirt or carry a sign of opposition were arrested?

    He calls Littwin and the other columnists who do not toe the right-wing-nut line a train wreck... The biggest train wreck of all in this town is called Rosen! (oh yeah, they work together at the fascist blowtorch 850AM, so he doesn't count)

    I never cease to be amazed by the otherwise seemingly intelligent right wingers who will never let the truth get in the way of their hatred of those who do not agree with their views and their venom-spewing (not to mention blatant disregard for truth!). Guess they aren't so intelligent after all.

    Gunny Bob and his right-wing extremist pals are the ones that got this country into this mess in the first place, and now they oppose those who are trying to fix it! All for self-serving political agendas and their sick obsession with power.

    Global warming scam? Obviously Gummy Bob knows more than the scientists whose job it is to study such things. Just because it's 40 degrees in Denver on a given day, they loudly declare that because of it, the attempts to save our environment from the damage done by fossil fuels is a scam.

    He mocks the Nobel Peace Prize because Arafat once won it. While Arafat was not a good man, he deserved it at the time for stepping up to the table with Carter and Israel to stop the violence in the Middle East and attempt to secure peace. Arafat was much better at it than George W. Bush, I'd say! However, I would expect nothing less from a man who kneels at the shrine of the man who took this nation into an unprovoked war based upon lies. I would expect nothing less from a man who carries the water for war criminals.

    Funny thing... the Rocky is considered the more conservative of our 2 local papers, but unless a news organization trumpets nothing but neocon blather (like Fox News), they are dispensing "liberal brain damage". Well, it must have worked, because the only explanation for some of the right wing extremists is that they truly are brain-damaged! Just look at Rush! (oh yeah, it was the Oxycontin, not the liberals... sorry!)

    Littwin, Campos and Salzman did nothing to contribute to the demise of the Rocky... it was the mismanagement of the corporate hacks and the pitiful economic state that the Bush administration left us in that did it.

  • February 21, 2009

    3:46 PM

    dobsylyn writes:

    I deliver both the Denver Post and The Rocky...For those of you complaining about the size of the Post, they've downsized the overall dimensions...not to save a tree but, I believe, to prepare for those getting booted off the Rocky or for a potential takeover. Not much to be said about scuttlebutt, there doesn't seem to be much on either side. One feels in limbo about each paycheck that comes in. On my side, I hope the Post takes over both subscriptions...I may still be able to feed my family if the count doesn't drop too drastically.

  • February 22, 2009

    8:09 AM

    Pulpvillerick writes:

    "Gunny Bob," your and everyone else's opinion would have more validity if it was based on what you "know" (i.e. knowledge, verifiable facts and data) instead of what you "feel."

    A person in Denver may walk outside and "feel" that climate change does not exist--the sun is warm, the breeze is refreshing, I'm not hot, what is everyone talking about? A person on the Gulf Coast whose property has been repeatedly destroyed by increasingly bad storms over the past few years may "feel" differently.

    What is the truth? Where can one find the truth, if a person were really interested in the truth and not am agenda based on their beliefs and "feelings?" From empirical facts and data, from the sort of evidence that has no "feelings" or agenda.

    Consider applying this concept to energy, economics, and a whole range of issues that affect us. If you were to do that, maybe your "feelings" would be put into perspective and you would entertain different concepts about the world we all live in.

    However, and I say this with all sincerity, I doubt that your ego will allow you to do that.

  • February 22, 2009

    7:20 PM

    Gunny_Bob_hates_America writes:

    Gunny Bob wrote:
    "I see. You base your opinions on the opinions of others who happen to award prizes."

    Yeah, Bob. And the prize went to Final Salute, a heartfelt look at those who have fallen in the Iraq war and the families they left behind. And you choose to p*ss all over that. You choose to mock the story of our fallen heroes.

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/special-reports/final-salute/

    You are one sick right-wing gasbag when you are willing to discount Pulitzer Prize-winning stories on the suffering that our troops (and their families).

    Yeah, Bob, telling the story of our troops' sacrifices is just a liberal media popularity contest.

    You make me sick.

  • February 22, 2009

    8:20 PM

    rightwinger writes:

    He has a point, Gunny.

  • February 27, 2009

    8:03 PM

    Ander M writes:

    Mark, you will be missed. It's been a pleasure having known you. Let me buy you a beer sometime. See you around.

  • February 27, 2009

    8:48 PM

    Trish Laconte writes:

    Its a sad day today, You ALL will be missed!!! I feel this is only the beginning of changes That we as a country, society and a people will have to face many times over before things get any better. Though we feel grief, sadness and despair at all the changes within our economy and society, i can only hope that we can find the silver lining and maybe, just maybe find a way to build our country back to what it was many years ago that made us the place to be , and the country to contend with. I can only say...Well...Maybe this is what we need, we need to fall down, skin our knees, realize we are accountable and then pick ourselves up and rebuild, stronger and better. I can only reflect on our grandparents, and great grandparents and how they worked hard, worked their fingers to the bone to build this great country, and yet we now as a society, do not know what it is to work hard as they once did...Maybe this will bring us back to where we belong and put things in proper perspective and make us unite and rebuild. Maybe then we will appreciate just what it is we had...and will have again. My thoughts are with you all , and i hope to read more from all of you elsewhere.

  • February 27, 2009

    8:49 PM

    Emilia writes:

    I am sad... The Rocky has been amy favorite newspaper ever since I moved to Colorado, I do not like the Post. I liked the Rocky's good stories,organization, photos and it's size. I read it every morning and I'll miss it a lot.

  • February 27, 2009

    9:52 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    I will miss Mark Wolf's great job of running Rocky Talk. I always read it, but never commented until today. First and last time.

    I will miss the beautiful and honest photography, the professional way stories were covered, the fantastic front covers and tabloid style. I'll miss the in-depth series and grabbing the paper on the way to work, or borrowing it from my co-worker when I couldn't get it that day.

    I hope the staff will find new homes soon and continue their brilliant work. It's true, your talents don't go away because the paper goes away. That you have forever.

    I'll be most sad on Monday driving to work and seeing the beautiful sign on the beautiful building, knowing I'll never read the Rocky again.

  • March 1, 2009

    10:14 AM

    Ha Ha writes:

    I think that all newspapers that push the demrocratic agenda deserves to go out of business. The people that actually have money to suscribe to a newspaper is the republicans. So when A librel newspaper spreads that crap all day long, what does the newspapers expect. You think we want to spend money on your stupid paper. I'm glad all the librels are losing their jobs. I just feel sorry for the closet republicans. People wake up!people who make the world go around are the republicans. Join us or you will really feel the pain. I am 100% sure that we will choke off the money supply. I hope to see more democratic papers go out of business.

  • March 1, 2009

    10:06 PM

    Darryl writes:

    More than anything else, I will ALWAYS remember the superb job the Rocky did with the Final Salute series. I emailed that URL to every one of my veteran friends. You guys really kicked butt on that series -- superb job on a sensitive subject.

  • March 2, 2009

    5:59 PM

    Dale writes:

    what is cost of Orginal first edition, if someone had one

  • March 2, 2009

    5:59 PM

    Dale writes:

    what is cost of Orginal first edition, if someone had one

  • March 5, 2009

    2:42 PM

    Kathleen writes:

    SPOTLIGHT

    Post - please hire the Spotlight people. It is so superior to what you have.

  • March 16, 2009

    8:13 AM

    Vivek Iyer writes:

    I have moved out of Colorado over 20 years ago. I'm still a huge Broncos and Nuggets fan. I have been getting my local news updates from RMN since I left. I will miss the articles and info from your paper. I feel I'm losing my tie to Denver.

  • March 23, 2009

    1:26 PM

    hitman writes:

    I DON'T HAVE NOTHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO SAY SO I AM GOING TO KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT.

  • March 24, 2009

    6:25 PM

    Candid Opinions Always writes:

    It's a shame that Denver is now a one newspaper town, but I think many people saw the "writing on the wall" when the two papers entered into their Joint Operating Agreement a few years ago. It was a quiet takeover, monopolizing the views published in this city. Unfortunately reporting the facts has all but disappeared due to profit constraints and maybe the tastes of the general public. The differing viewpoints from the two papers offered a good perspective on many issues. I'm sad we only have one voice now. I miss the Rocky.

  • March 24, 2009

    7:23 PM

    cowgirl writes:

    I was raised on the Rocky. I liked to have it for clippings and also for the commics, of course. The spotlight was great! Also, the size of the paper was SO much easier to deal with than the Post. I was bummed when I found out about the closing of the Rocky. It feels like Colorado is losing part of its legacy. But I did save the last paper, so at least I'll have that for a memorial to a great paper.

  • March 29, 2009

    6:24 PM

    Dave writes:

    Sell shares or stock or whatever it was that Green Bay did to own the Green Bay Packers. The town has a great franchise and so can Colorado. Put me down for a share or whatever.

  • March 29, 2009

    6:27 PM

    Gladys Kravitz writes:

    I used to work at the San Jose Mercury News unitil 2005, before Knight Ridder sold out to McClatchy and then to Singelton. I got laid off so I feel for you guys... I really do.

  • March 29, 2009

    6:31 PM

    Tonya writes:

    I have been with the Rocky since birth 32 years ago. My sister and I even delivered the Rocky on 7 different routes everyday, blizzards too, when I was 9. I hate the fact that all of you have to search for jobs now in this trying economy. I have to fight back the tears. God bless you all and good luck with your journey ahead of you. Oh yeah, if there is a way to save the paper DO IT!!! We will miss you guys!

  • March 29, 2009

    7:08 PM

    Retired USAF CMSgt Lou Georgieff writes:

    I read/heard, with much sadness and fond memories, that you have stopped the presses. I grew up in Raton, NM, just across the CO border from Trinidad. My father always subscribed to the News and I grew up reading it. After graduating from high school, enlisting in the USAF, I was later stationed at the USAF Academy in the early 60's. I subscribed to the News; I still have my copy of it when JFK was assassinated. I'm sorry to see such a great newspaper go as it just was so easy to read, and chock full of news. In my opinion, it is, and was, a great news institution!

  • March 29, 2009

    7:40 PM

    Gary Wilson writes:

    I will miss this paper because it was what I grew up with, it was a part of my life, as a boy, I remember my parents reading the "Rocky Mountain News" in the morning before they started the day, I used to love reading the comics, sports, and what ever else caught my eye, both my parents are gone now, and the "Rocky Mountain News" was still part of my life with my family, I don't care to much for the "Denver Post" it is was too bulky then! and it is that way now, and I still don't care for it...

  • March 29, 2009

    7:53 PM

    Brian Simpson writes:

    In these times of bad luck, and hard times. I'm finding it difficult to see the Rocky disappear. It's been my favorite newspaper since returning to Colorado back in 96. Of course I'm just a small slice of the pie. One person buying a paper everyday for as cheap as it sold for can't hope to save an entire company.

    I will miss this great paper! My cup of coffee in the morning won't nearly be as cheery without it.
    (From one of the few young people still reading the local paper)

  • March 29, 2009

    8:07 PM

    Don Stacom writes:

    The Rocky & its noble staff performed an enormous service to the public. Years from now, the people of Colorado will "get it" and truly recognize - belatedly - what they've lost.
    To every reporter, photog, desk editor, graphics artist, librarian and clerk at the Rocky - thank you.
    To every one of the journalists who labored daily on behalf of the people of Colorado: PEACE & GOOD LUCK.
    For many years, you performed honorable work that's so very much harder than readers understood, than "media critics" admitted, than your paychecks reflected. You did something genuinely good, and in 2009 America that's incredibly rare.
    Godspeed.
    Don Stacom
    Hartford, Connecticut

  • March 29, 2009

    8:11 PM

    Angela VanZandt writes:

    I worked for the Rocky Mountain News in 1990-91 selling Classified advertising - my boss was the sweet and wonderful Jann LaRiviere. I remember that job as being so much fun, and the people were just great. I did not have one bad day there! I had worked for several years for the Arkansas Democrat during that newspaper war. My best to all of you for a bright future - know that there are new adventures and opportunities out there! I later sold movies for the studios and became a screenwriter - I have 7 scripts and am making my first feature film in October of this year. Thank you again for a wonderful work memory - this is a sad day for me, too!

  • March 29, 2009

    8:15 PM

    Lynn Bronikowski writes:

    On my desk is Gene Amole's book -- fittingly titled The Last Chapter.

    I am so sad for you. . . everyone . . . Denver.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:19 PM

    Art Chimes writes:

    Mark,
    About two decades ago, a young guy with your name spent a few days following around a garishly-painted Airstream-turned-radio-studio-on-wheels peopled by some Washington hacks who were doing stories in Denver, Boulder, and vicinity.
    Debra Reingold's photo of our Voice of America team and our "Voyager" vehicle accompanied your story. It was, to the best of my memory, the only time my photo ever appeared in a daily.
    So it is with special sadness that I read of the Rocky folding.
    The business of the news business is a mess, and the economy sucks, and the Rocky won't be the only casualty ... and none of this can be much consolation on the day your newspaper folds.
    I wish you and your colleagues the best of luck.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:22 PM

    Mike writes:

    I seldom missed a day for 20 years.
    And this paper will always be a part of my life in the Rocky Mountain Region.
    Good luck and thank you to all of you.
    Your efforts were appreciated.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:27 PM

    Robert writes:

    God speed to you and all at the Rocky. This is one of the darkest hours in my life and I'm a 6th generation Coloradan. Denver will never be the same. Thank you for helping make the Rocky a friend and companion I've known all my life.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:30 PM

    Joe Shea writes:

    I hope your best investigative reporters and editors find a place with
    dignity online, as in The American Reporter, which was started in 1995 in
    response to the March 30, 1995, announcement of the closing of The Milwaukee
    Journal. Fifteen years later, still poor as a churchmouse, we continue to
    report and comment from all over the world on topics of interest in a
    professional, stable paradigm. You could help us make it a financial
    success.
    In any case, God bless you all, and please try to find a way to keep doing
    what good journalists do so well - tell the truth. We have never needed you
    more, nor, sadly, has America ever heeded you less.

    Joe Shea
    Editor-in-Chief
    The American Reporter
    www.american-reporter.com

  • March 29, 2009

    8:33 PM

    Utamaro writes:

    The juvenile comments about liberal or conservative reportage makes my head spin. Why can’t the from all sources without leveling that kind of schoolyard criticism against the columnists, reporters and editors. Any periodical can determine its position on the political spectrum. By reading the editorials, you can understand the owner/publisher’s slant. The editors can and do edit or kill reporters’ stories to reflect their bias. Hard news is supposed to be a statement of facts, but there is almost always a spin, to some extent. However, both Denver papers and those from other cities include columnists and readers’ letters with opposing viewpoints because they understand the value of the exchange of ideas. Further, the vitriol spewed to those who are losing their jobs is mind-boggling. The writer with the most constructive and positive suggestion about employees’ ownership was refreshing. Keep the comments sensible or remove them from the website please.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:36 PM

    MIchelle writes:

    Let me get this straight. I now get at LEAST 6 sets of unrequested telephone books a year (which I don't want), and now I am getting some in Spanish only (which I can't use), but a newspaper which I grew up with, learned to read by, and have subscribed to all of my life, cannot afford to stay in business? (I am not blaming the Rocky for this BTW.) I am sorry Rocky, you will be greatly missed. I suddenly wish that I could retrieve all of those old daily papers out of the recycle bin so that I will have something familiar to read on Saturday morning. There is no longer much reason to hurry out of bed and get my paper read before my day starts. The Post is not an option for me. I suppose my hometown newspaper and I will get re-acquainted. (I'll be calling you Daily Times Call) Thanks for all the great years, and memories. Gene Amole, I still have some of his recipes stored away, and Dusty Sanders, I still have your article about KIMN radio closing shop so many years ago. I know that all the Rocky’s talented and hard working employees will find other jobs. I just hope that I can find YOU! You all are much to talented to fade away.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:41 PM

    Mary Manley writes:

    So very sad to hear of the Rocky Mountain News closing. It is the way of the news business in the US today. I have been in the news and PR business all of my writing career. Now I also am an unemployed writer! ha ha. I believe the United States in entering the dark ages. The education level is woeful. TV news is all sports, Hollywood Buzz, pet stories and an occasional murder thrown in. Nothing about the outside world.
    Who is going to watch out for the democracy and the First Amendment with all of the newspapers closing? Somehow I can't see the Internet (as much as I love it) rising to that level. The dark ages are coming.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:43 PM

    Vicki writes:

    I've been in denial, I'm probably not alone, hoping & praying that I would not read about the demise of the News. I'm so very sorry. I will miss it beyond words. I don't like the Post, I love the News format, I love the columnists, so many of them to name at the moment, and I'm extremely sad that it will soon be a memory.

    Good luck to everyone & thank you for 20+ years (since I moved to Colorado) of wonderful memories. If only there was a way that I could save you, I would.

  • March 29, 2009

    8:59 PM

    Mary writes:

    I have been a Rock Mtn News subscriber, as were my parents, since we arrived in Denver in 1962. My husband and I read the Rocky every morning, taking turns with the various sections. It is our daily ritual and on those days that, god forbid, the paper didn’t arrived or they delivered the Post instead, seemed to set the tone for the day. The feeling the something important was missing. Although we use the internet for many things, we prefer the print newspaper. And the print newspaper we prefer is the Rocky. Whatever will we do without you?

  • March 29, 2009

    9:02 PM

    Dewlady writes:

    I cannot believe the Rocky is closing...that tomorrow will be my last paper. I can't STAND the Post and will not subscribe to it AT ALL..............EVER!!!! It is big and cumbersome and 99% of it is advertising (which I gather together and toss before I read any of the "news")

    I'm so sorry folks..this was a shock. We were ALL hoping that somehow Scripps would find a buyer. Did they even TRY?

    This is so unfair to all of the thousands and thousands of people who subscribe and love the Rocky. Not to mention all of the employees who will be looking elsewhere for jobs that are practically non-existent in this economy.

    Oh yeah, there were columnists I couldn't stand. Reporters I thought were air-headed idiots, articles I thought could have been written much better, but thru it all, the Rocky was MY paper and I read it front to back every morning. Even the columns that I didn't like. Again, because it was MY ROCKY!
    Damned economy, damn George Bush, damn it damn it damn it!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gonna miss you guys! Thank you for the years of enjoyment, tears, laughter, frustration, total anger but 90% of the time.....I loved ya!
    At least I don't have to worry about all the "damn its" being edited out. Cause there won't be another paper after tomorrow. How I will miss sitting in my recliner, drinking my morning coffee and reading MY PAPER!

  • March 29, 2009

    9:27 PM

    Dell writes:

    This is a very sad day for me and my family,
    we’ve subscribed to theRMNforas long as I can
    remember. The quality of the writing, the incredible artistic talent of the photographers
    and the balanced approachto thes tories are going
    to be sorely missed by all of us.
    My heart goes out to everyone on the RMN
    staff. Losing a job is painful for anyone, but losing the chance to create something you are
    proud of cuts even deeper. Take comfort in
    knowing that you touched the lives of so many
    every day, and thank you all for your dedication
    and professionalism.My mornings won’t be the
    same without you.

  • March 29, 2009

    9:33 PM

    Doug Moran writes:

    Very sad, even while anticipated. I wish the
    best to the News family.

  • March 29, 2009

    9:36 PM

    Mary Bellotti writes:

    This is terrible news. I’m very sad. The passing
    of an era. I grew up in Colorado, went to CU
    in Boulder and still have family there. RMN has
    always been part of our lives. We lived in little
    Walsenburg, Colorado, 150 miles south of Denver,
    but subscribed to RMN all of my years
    there.My parents were newspaper readers and
    RMN was part of our morning every single day.
    I went to the RMN-sponsored spelling bee in
    Denver twice and proudly showed off my photo
    printed in the RMN.

  • March 29, 2009

    9:40 PM

    Laura writes:

    I am deeply saddened at closing of the Rocky Mountain News. It is regrettable and unfathomable.
    I was hoping that this day would not arrive. Especially so close to the 150th anniversary
    of an outstanding newspaper.
    I’ve been a subscriber for many years. I find it
    difficult to comprehend that it will not be waiting
    for me in mydriveway after Friday. Many thanks for the many years of providing us a high quality newspaper. I will not be the only one who will miss you.

  • March 29, 2009

    9:44 PM

    Nina writes:

    I am so sorry to see the Rocky’s demise. My
    grandmother, who had no formal education, taught herself to read by using the Rocky. The paper was a lifesaver and wonderful part of my family’s history. I wish to thank all of the Rocky’s staff, past and present, for being part of my family. The format allowed my family members who had physical handicaps the ability to read and handle the paper. You will be greatly missed.

  • March 29, 2009

    9:49 PM

    Jo writes:

    As a Colorado native and avid reader I am
    deeply saddened to see the Rocky close. As a
    journalist, I’m frightened. I know this is the new
    reality of the media world, but newspapers provide an invaluable resource to the communities
    they serve — not only with news and information and documenting history, but also by bringing people together and giving back to the communities
    with charities, sponsorships, etc.
    I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that
    Colorado’s oldest continually operating business
    is closing. I applaud the Rocky for its awesome
    work. Since leaving “my” newspaper in Florida, I’ve felt right back at home with the Rocky.My mornings will now be lonely without you.
    The sad thing is this is happening all over the
    country and America needs to wake up! When we start depending on unknown so-called journalists to keep government and business in check on their blogs, we’re in trouble. Journalism is a craft, and newspapers are an ESSENTIAL part of democracy.
    So long Rocky staff. You’ll be sorely missed.

  • March 29, 2009

    9:50 PM

    Dave writes:

    This is a sad day for all involved with the paper.
    All of the years of strife and hard work and
    it has all come to an end. It’s an interesting time for this industry. So many papers are going under. It is clear that the future will have to change for this industry to survive.

  • March 29, 2009

    9:53 PM

    gr8fuldude writes:

    Wow, I feel like I am watching Hawkeye and BJ say goodbye just before the chopper lifts off for the last time.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:08 PM

    Merry Maisel writes:

    When Boulder was my hometown, you were a daily treat for news and pictures, no matter how much I hated your editorial stands. I helped edit a history of Colorado published by the Colorado University Press, and the Rocky must have been 70-75 percent of the sourcing.
    We are entering a profoundly antidemocratic
    era and the end will be barbarism unless workers
    like yourselves take home the class lesson
    here: capitalism stinks, it doesn’t work, and it
    must be replaced. Not by inane Twittering but
    real thinking. In solidarity, fare thee well!

  • March 29, 2009

    10:10 PM

    Pete Chronis writes:

    Forty-two years ago this month, I went to
    work at the Rocky Mountain News, and although I
    left the paper to join The Denver Post in
    1978, the Rocky has always had a special place
    in my heart. And so have all the wonderful people
    who work there. After the announcement that the paper was for sale, I had hoped against hope that a white knight would ride to the rescue at the last moment to save this venerable Colorado institution. I cannot imagine Denver without the Rocky Mountain News. For me, the closure is like a death in the family. I hope that the people of Denver realize what they have lost.Other media have their attributes, but nothing can quite match the tactile and sensory dimensions of the printed page for concretely conveying information, or the smell of fresh ink when a paper is opened in the morning.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:13 PM

    Mark writes:

    The announcement of the closing of the Rocky was like a punch to the gut. We have been told of its probable demise for the past two months, but it just didn’t seem real until I heard the news on the radio.
    I was surprised by my reaction. I literally
    broke into tears behind the wheel of my car. As
    a 20-year reader and a Rocky employee in the 90s, I have always been a loyal reader. This is different from the corner store or Circuit City going under. It’s a rare product that you purchase
    daily and bring into your home. It feels more like a death of a family member.
    I have a box full of classic Rockys in a box in
    my basement. The Broncos’ first Super Bowl win, 9/11, Obama’s victory and Friday’s paper will join that group.
    It truly is an end of an era, and you will be
    missed. Good luck to all those that made the
    Rocky a welcomed member of our family.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:16 PM

    Alexandre Giesbrech writes:

    Very few times have I read the print edition of
    the RMN, since I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Actually, I still have the only copies I’ve read, from October 2007, that family members got for me
    when visiting Denver. I frequently went to the
    Website for sports news. I have just learned the
    news, and I feel sad for the paper and for the people who work there. I know I won’t be able to get a copy of tomorrow’s paper, but at least the last cover PDF I’ll be able to save. Again, this
    is a sad day.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:20 PM

    John writes:

    I am not surprised but very saddened by the Rocky’s demise. My dad was a print journalist for over 60 years, 20 with the AP and part of his time in the Denver area. We enjoyed RMN so much and really believe in the concept of two papers for a metro area so that sounding boards are there for issues. So many today get their news from PC screens, yet papers offer that also. And after a day at work using a PC, I have no interest in staring at it over coffee to get my news. Reading a paper provides in-depth information, as much or as little as one wants, and is a good form of relaxation in its own way. What a shame for Denver. And this fate awaits print journalism in many other areas.
    A sad, sad day. I wish all the staff well and
    that they will quickly be absorbed elsewhere.
    They are very committed and talented.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:22 PM

    MKCS Creations writes:

    Like the RMN, I am a Denver native. And due to that connection, it breaks my heart to see the first and oldest newspaper of my hometown go away.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:25 PM

    Tammy Aaron writes:

    I am SO saddened to learn that my Rocky will be gone! I have been so anxious waiting to see what will happen! What will I do in the morning without my favorite paper?My budding journalist son will be so sad to learn the news! Best wishes to all of you at the Rocky!How sad! I will truly miss the only paper for me.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:32 PM

    Kari Horst writes:

    I’m sad — this is a sad day for journalism. I grew up delivering the RMN and worked on the sports desk as an agate clerk in college. The RMN was my introduction to journalism. I spent 13 years working in newspapers before starting my family. I will miss the evenhanded coverage of news events, the creative layouts and photos, and enlightening editorials.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:34 PM

    Mike Dano writes:

    To the staff of the Rocky Mountain News: I wish you all the best. Thank you for excellent service to our city. Stand up straight and hold your heads up high.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:39 PM

    Mark Wolf writes:

    A NUMBER OF POSTS WERE LOST ON OUR FINAL DAY OF OPERATION. MANY HAVE BEEN RETRIEVED AND REPOSTED HERE. THEY WERE ALL ORIGINALLY POSTED FEB. 26TH.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:43 PM

    Lara Hopkins writes:

    I am so sad to be losing the Rocky Mountain News. I grew up watching my parents read this paper, and then when I had my own family it was our daily paper. I will miss reading the Rocky every morning.

  • March 29, 2009

    10:47 PM

    Ruth Chapman writes:

    Today’s news about the closing of the Rocky makes me very sad. I loved the fact that Denver had two daily newspapers. I always considered that a real plus, and I am distressed that we can’t continue that. Good luck to John Temple and all the staff in your future endeavors!

  • March 29, 2009

    10:56 PM

    HIram writes:

    Infinite bummer-osity has taken me over. Been reading the Rocky since the mid-’60s and used many articles in school projects. A stack of about 25 souvenir copies from past newsworthy events like the moon landing, Broncos’ first Super Bowl, first and second Super Bowl wins, Rockies World Series run — and tomorrow’s last one reside in my basement.
    Wish I won Powerball last year. Would’ve bought the Rocky and also the sadly defunct radio station KCUV. And an Audi RS8.

  • March 29, 2009

    11:00 PM

    John D From Englewood writes:

    The RMN was the paper my family grew up with. It has been apart of our lives since just before we moved here in 1965. When finances got tight, I delivered the RMN for a few years. I will miss the paper that reminds me most that this is home. God Speed to all of the employees and vendors. May your unemployment be short, and may someone find a positive use for the name Rocky Mountain News.

  • March 30, 2009

    2:43 PM

    William writes:

    I hope to still see Rocky Mtn. News online. I count on it for all the area news that isn't found in other news providers. After living in Montana for a couple years in the 60's and traveling through the Denver area, Rocky Mtn. News takes me back to a place I enjoyed being in.

  • April 27, 2009

    10:22 AM

    goodreader writes:

    It is a good thing that another corporate newspaper especially a newspaper that supported GW Bush two times for election is dead. These newspaper provide very little perspective on important issues; the leave readers numb, ill informed and feeling powerless. John Steward, Colbert, and Democracy Now put these corporate journalist to shame.

  • May 9, 2009

    10:45 PM

    danindenver writes:

    ~~~John Steward (sic), Colbert, and Democracy Now put these corporate journalist to shame.~~~

    Great! Another liberal who thinks that comedians are fair, honest and the only real source of news coverage. No wonder the newspapers can't survive.


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