Colorado Alt-Paper Folding

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By: E&P Staff

Fort Collins (Colo.) Now, the serious alternative weekly dedicated to digging up local stories it said were going unreported, will fold with this week’s issue, Publisher Dwight Brown announced Monday.

In an article posted on its Web site, Brown said the paper is a victim of the economy.

“The slump that has hit the newspaper industry in recent years has swallowed yet another newspaper: The one you are currently reading,” the posting began.

The last issue will be published Thursday, May 21, Brown said.

“We have offered Fort Collins residents quality journalism, strong advertising, and a commitment to the community in recent years, but we just couldn’t make it work financially,” he said.

The weekly was begun in 2003 by Greg Campbell, then its editor, and Joel Dyer, then its publisher. Its original name was the Fort Collins Weekly.

Swift Communication, which publishes the daily Greeley Tribune and several other non-dailies in Colorado, bought the paper in 2007 and renamed it Fort Collins Now. The paper was briefly changed to twice-weekly publication.

Brown said some of the weekly’s employees will be let go because of the folding, while others will be offered positions in nearby Swift newspapers.

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