Rocky Mountain News: "Goodbye, Colorado"

Questions about the future of the Rocky Mountain News were becoming so common, the newspaper's staff put up a handwritten paper sign on the news desk that said, "We don't know."

Yesterday, someone wrote over it in heavy black marker: "Now we know."

Colorado's oldest newspaper, which launched in Denver in 1859, printed its last edition today, leaving The Denver Post as the only daily newspaper in the Mile High City.

The headline on a 52-page commemorative edition of the Rocky Mountain News reads "Goodbye, Colorado." That edition wraps around the regular paper, whose front page headline reads, in all capital letters, "STOP THE PRESSES."

The paper's owner, Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. announced yesterday it was shuttering the News -- 55 days short of its 150th anniversary. Scripps said the newspaper lost $16 million last year and the company was unable to find a viable buyer since putting it up for sale Dec. 4.

A handful of employees gathered outside the newsroom yesterday to open a 1985 time capsule cut out of a wall. The capsule containing memorabilia from the paper said on the outside: "To be opened in April 2059 on RMN's 200th anniversary."

Scripps has owned the Rocky Mountain News since 1926.

The company says it will retain ownership, and still offer to sell, the paper's name, its archives and Web site.


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