The Rocky Mountain News (1859-2009)
“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to you today. Our time chronicling the life of Denver and Colorado, the nation and the world, is over. Thousands of men and women have worked at this newspaper since William Byers produced its first edition on the banks of Cherry Creek on April 23, 1859. We speak, we believe, for all of them, when we say that it has been an honor to serve you. To have reached this day, the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News, just 55 days shy of its 150th birthday is painful. We will scatter. And all that will be left are the stories we have told. . . .”
—Final Dispatch, The Rocky Mountain News (See final website, videos, farewells.)
“Denver can’t support two newspapers any longer. It’s certainly not good news for you, and it’s certainly not good news for Denver.”
—Rich Boehne, CEO, E.W. Scripps Co., announcing closing of the 150-year-old Denver daily yesterday.
“People are in grief.” —John Temple, editor, The Rocky Mountain News
"For me, it’s a very, very sad day. As much in public life you may disagree with editors, you may get taken to task by editors, I really do believe that the First Amendment and the free exercise of the press is at the heart of what makes us strong. We lose a Colorado icon, we lose a newspaper that has contributed so much, I think, to the history of this state.”