By Paul Gillin | June 7, 2011 - 12:43 pm - Posted in Business News, Newspapers, R.I.P.

Two small Colorado daily newspapers have closed their doors, victims of a bad economy. The Vail Mountaineer and the Denver Daily News. Both were owned by Former Vail Daily owner Jim Pavelich.

Founded in 2008, the Mountaineer published six days a week under the slogan “Made By Cool People For Cool People.” It had a staff of seven and apparently free distribution. It published about 20-30 pages daily and distributed online in PDF format. The launch was perhaps the worst-timed in history, coming just before the collapse in real estate prices and declining  economy savaged pricey resort areas like Vail. the competitor Vail Daily soldiers on.

The Denver Daily News, which was also founded in 2008, claimed a circulation of 12,000 for its freely distributed weekdaily. With full-page ad rates topping out at $1,800, according to its media kit, it was not a high-priced competitor to the Post. Information on staffing was not available on the website.

 

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  1. June 7, 2011 @ 8:20 pm



    Hey, Mr Gillin, are you keeping the left hand side of your page updated?

    Two more papers down but list does not include their names…

    Posted by msbpodcast
  2. June 13, 2011 @ 12:20 am



    These were not really newspapers — more like shoppers.

    Posted by Joe
  3. June 17, 2011 @ 3:53 pm



    Which ones? I only track major market dailies, not weeklies. The two Colorado papers noted here were apparently not legitimate major market dailies and shouldn’t be in the column. Hundreds of weeklies have gone under, so it’s impossible to track them all.

    Posted by paulgillin