About the Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The Glenwood Springs Post Independent was created by the merger of the historic Glenwood Post and the upstart Glenwood Independent in November 2000. The newspaper covers all aspects of the community in the mountains and Garfield County — a region larger than the state of Rhode Island. There are six municipalities in the county: Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute/Battlement Mesa.
The Post Independent is a seven-day publication serving Garfield County.
Our offices are located 824 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
To contact us: (970) 945-8515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
When was it founded and by whom:
First Rifle newspaper was called the Sharpshooter in 1889; the same year another newspaper, the Rifle Reveille, was established. In January of 1903, the Rifle Telegram was established. The first owners were L.L. Cummins and B.F. Miller.
About the Citizen Telegram
What the ownership has been:
After 1903, the Telegram had an interesting journey. In 1907, the Reveille moved into a wooden building. In 1913, the Reveille and Telegram merged under the name of the Rifle Telegram. A husband-wife team, J.H. and Susie Barley, took over the Telegram in 1933. Susie wrote a column for years, then assumed the publisher position when World War II began. In 1960, William Dunaway bought the paper. He also owned the Aspen Times and Glenwood Sage papers. That’s when he switched the Telegram to the tabloid format, which is the current style. In 1990, the Telegram was purchased by Tom Griffith, who also owned the Valley Journal in nearby Carbondale, and the Free Weekly Newspaper in Glenwood Springs. In May 1990, a group of citizens started the West Valley Citizen to compete with the Rifle Telegram. In June 1990, the Telegram owner filed for bankruptcy, and within one month, the Telegram and West Valley Citizen merged under the name Citizen Telegram. In 1998, Morris Communications of Augusta, Ga. bought the CT, and in November 2000, Swift Newspapers purchased the CT and other Morris properties in Colorado.
Circulation, frequency and employee stats:
History of frequency of publication: Always a weekly
Today’s publication schedule and circulation figures: Publish every Thursday; circulation: 2,500
Number of full-time and part-time employees: Four
Total region served and anything of special interest about the area:
Cover Western Garfield County — Silt to Parachute (Four communities – Silt, Rifle, Parachute, and Battlement Mesa). Historically rich region: Silt is a rural area with a prominent ranching and agricultural industry; Rifle has long been the home to some of the richest oil shale deposits in the world. The last oil shale boom went bust in 1982. The region is currently producing a high volume of natural gas from wells; Parachute was named in the early 1900s from the parachute-like formations on the neighboring cliffs. It’s also home to a famous train robbery. It is rumored that a posse killed Kid Curry of the “Hole in the Wall” gang during the manhunt. In the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” the scene where they blow up a freight car with too much dynamite was very similar to the Parachute robbery, according to history buffs. Battlement Mesa is a community of approximately 4,000 built to provide homes for oil shale workers in 1980.
Anything of special interest about the newspaper:
Over the years, the Telegram has been honored numerous times by the Colorado Press Association with advertising sweepstakes awards, editorial sweepstakes for writing and reporting, and was named the best mid-sized weekly in its category. Other awards have signified excellent photography and newspaper design.