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Many parts of the Mountain West are news deserts -- and it’s getting worse. More than 20 counties in our region have no local newspaper. The ones that are left are struggling. And research suggests news deserts contribute to low voter turnout and increasing partisanship

It can be hard to escape national political news. On the flip side, it's getting harder to find out what's going on in our own backyard. In our region, we've lost around 70 local papers in recent years. A new study says that trend is contributing to today's partisan politics.

The Rocky Mountain News. The South Idaho Press. The Lone Peak New Utah.

These long-gone newspapers range from a Pulitzer-winning metro-area daily to small weeklies in rural towns. All are victims of an ongoing trend that’s pummeling the local American newspaper.

Newspapers across the Mountain West have faced troubling times recently. There have been layoffs, budget cuts and, on Tuesday morning, Montana’s biggest alternative weekly was abruptly shut down by its parent company.

The Pew Research Center is reporting that more than a third of large newspapers laid off staff in the last year or so, including in our region.

When The Denver Post laid off about a third of its newsroom earlier this year, senior editor for news Larry Ryckman left to start something new, The Colorado Sun.

In 2016, a wealthy Utah family bought The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s biggest newspaper.  Now, the owner has shrunk the 90-person newsroom to just 56, citing waning ad revenue and dropping print circulation. It joins a growing pattern across the country and the Mountain West.

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Information about the financial backing of a contentious publication purporting to be a newspaper is coming to light. Reports show “The Idahoan” was at least partially funded by donations from leaders at the Meridian-based software company T-Sheets.


New Publisher To Lead Idaho Statesman

Apr 23, 2018
Idaho Statesman

There’s a new publisher at the Idaho Statesman. The paper’s leader comes to the Gem State following a stint with the nation’s biggest newspaper publisher, Gannett.

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Post. Co. President Jerry Brady says the family-owned business that includes Idaho Falls' Post Register and three other Idaho newspapers will be purchased by Minnesota-based Adams Publishing Group.

The Post Register reports that Brady in a letter to employees on Wednesday announced the sale expected to be finalized on Nov. 1. The other publications involved in the transaction are the Shelley Pioneer, Challis Messenger and Jefferson Star.