Where You Will Find the Rocky Mountain News Archive

June 2009

spread_rocky_sAn estate sale of sorts has begun, as groups pick over the belongings of a Denver institution: the Rocky Mountain News. E.W. Scripps, the company that owned and shuttered the Rocky earlier this year, has finalized an agreement that will send the newspaper's archives to the Denver Public Library and other historic treasures to the Colorado Historical Society (via Westword). But what could be the paper's most valuable assets--its name, website address, and other intellectual property--remain available for purchase. That might not be the case for too long, as at least two major players are mulling a purchase. In the Rocky's final days, reporters sought to cover everything they knew about the paper's business dealings, but some of the more controversial pieces were killed, as 5280 details this month in "All the News That's Fit to Be Killed." Meanwhile, bad news for Longmont's Daily Times-Call, which might lose nearly $250,000 a year in the form of city advertising as officials there consider myriad issues, such as whether the paper should receive no-bid contracts, according to Face the State. And as the University of Colorado's faculty and administration newspaper, the Silver & Gold Record, closes, the Boulder Weekly wonders if the closure is really just about money.