Community shares their fond memories of the Free Press |

Community shares their fond memories of the Free Press

Editors note: This is a selection of the many comments and memories shared with the Free Press staff after our closure was announced. We would like to thank all of our loyal readers for your support over the years. If you have a comment you would like to share, please email us at

Over 10 years ago, my best friend and I would go to Main Street Bagel every weekend. We would grab a Free Press, drink coffee, read our horoscopes, do the crossword and read through from front to back, everything going on in our little world.

Although her and I had both moved away, and grown up, every time I go to Main Street Bagel I grab a Free Press and carry on the tradition alone. It won’t be the same and I will always feel a little sad that the sentimental reminder of our tradition will be gone.

Brianna Brodak

Grand Junction, Colo.

I am in grief. The demise of the Free Press is truly sad to me. I was seeing the writing on the wall, when I realized your reporters were down to just one, but I had hoped, oh, how I had hoped the Free Press would live on.

I’m remembering the fanfare when the Free Press first came to town, the photo contests, the mighty fine journalistic writing, even though the story lines were not of national significance. The opinion page, the local docs who lent their wisdom and medical expertise to your pages, the funny, inspiring, saddening and celebratory items I have read over the years, have been a part of my weekly schedule and many items have been clipped and saved.

Your disclaimer as to why the Free Press is closing shop, is generous, but we, who have lived in this valley a long time, know the why. We have watched other “second” newspapers come and go and, for some reason, the “powers” on the other side of town are always threatened. Does anyone in their right mind think they would be competitively defeated for the acquisition of news? There lies my deepest regret about your folding of the newsprint, so to speak. You were no threat whatsoever. Your sources of news did not even dovetail. How sad it is that the bully-newspaper cannot see fit to allow even a tenth of their market to other news outlets of unique types, i.e. The Fruita Times, the Palisade Tribune and, now, the Free Press. They can be credited with the demise of all our local community papers.

Are they celebrating on South Seventh Street? I’m pretty sure they are. They probably think they have “won” something or other. How sad that they have never understood that the “little guys” have actually enhanced their own efforts by providing a comprehensive look at our world, near and far. Shame on them for systematically eliminating their readers’ choices.

Well, good luck to all of you. And, thank you for trying.

Judy Purser

Grand Junction, Colo.

I am so sorry to see the Grand Junction Free Press cease publication. The Free Press really stepped up to cover Fruita events and people after the closure of the Fruita Times in 2014. I enjoyed reading the Free Press for over a decade, and I feel honored to have written for this fine publication over the past year.

Denise Hight

Fruita, Colo.

As a reporter out here in the valley I wanted to express my sadness to hear of a media outlet closing their doors.

I enjoy reading your stories and the focus you had on feature stories in particular. There was many times I read something and went “How did I not find this story before?!”

I loved this paper and I wanted to say thank you for covering the news in the valley that TV news doesn’t cover, or doesn’t have the time slot to cover, as indepth as your paper has.

I wish you and your staff the best of luck in the future, whatever is next for you guys.

Angel Russell

Grand Junction, Colo.

I just wanted to say to the staff and writers at the Free Press and to all the people that have been involved with the newspaper over the years, thank you.

I hope you know that the contribution you’ve made to this community has made Mesa County a better place, and your work and dedication is very much appreciated and will never be forgotten. I hope I’m right to believe that because of the honest reporting that was the standard at the Free Press, citizens of this area will no longer be happy to accept a slanted world perception, or blatant propaganda, from their local news sources ever again.

J.C. Winters

Grand Junction, Colo.

I have loved/enjoyed Free Press since Day One. Each Friday, when my middle school teaching duties are finished, I enthusiastically drive to the Free Press office to collect the latest issue. I have gleaned wisdom, advice, entertainment, chuckles, and timely information throughout the years. I will miss my end-of-the-week journey downtown, but most of all, I will miss this valuable publication that has become a silent friend.

Beverly Bussey

Grand Junction, Colo.

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