120-Year-Old Texas Newspaper Shuttered by MediaNews

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The 120-year-old Lordsburg Liberal will close its doors after putting out its final edition Feb. 2.

The newspaper’s parent company, MediaNews Group, said it decided to shut down the weekly paper because of a challenging economic climate.

“The Liberal’s history and its soul will always remain in the hearts of those of us who grew up with this great tradition,” said publisher and editor Lorenzo Alba.

David McClain, regional director of the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership, which operates the Liberal and other area newspapers, said ceasing the Liberal’s publication will allow the Hidalgo County Herald to grow. The partnership also operates the Herald which is located in Lordsburg.

“Our goal at MediaNews Group is to publish papers of excellence in every community we serve,” he said. “Our challenge in Lordsburg has been to reach this goal in a small community with two very fine local papers. We wanted to own both and make one exceptional paper for Lordsburg. That is not possible.”

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