10/13 Communications, LLC has acquired the Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times, and related websites from Tucson West Publishing, Inc., a division of News Media Corporation.  Terms of the transaction were not announced.

Cribb, Greene & Associates, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm, represented Tucson West in the transaction.

10/13 announced that it will increase the frequency of the Marana News to become a weekly newspaper, publishing on the same cycle as its Explorer newspaper.  The Foothills News and Desert Times are monthly publications.  The group has a distribution of 28,000.

"We are excited to add these publications to our Arizona Local Media group," said Randy Miller, president of 10/13 Communications.  "This addition greatly expands our reach in the Tucson market where we already have the Explorer newspaper that dominates the northwest area with 45,000 distribution and a readership in print and online of well over 100,000.

10/13 Communications publications boast hyper-local reporting, and an innovative distribution model.  Its Arizona Local Media Group includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning East Valley Tribune, the Daily News-Sun, Glendale Today, Peoria Today, Surprise Today, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Clipper Marketplace and U and Your Home in Phoenix, together with the Arizona Interactive Media Group, and the Explorer in suburban Tucson.  10/13 Communications also publishes forty newspapers in Texas through Star Local Media in Dallas and its Houston Community Newspapers group.

Cribb, Greene & Associates is a ninety-one year old newspaper brokerage, appraisal, and consulting firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia and Helena, Montana.

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