Grand Junction Free Press to cease operations effective Oct. 16, 2015
After more than 10 years serving Grand Junction and the entire Grand Valley, the Grand Junction Free Press will no longer publish and cease operations after the Oct. 16, 2015 edition. In a column published Friday, Oct. 9, general manager Ben Rogers informed readers of the decision to close the Free Press.
The Free Press opened its doors in 2003 seeking to provide the community with not just an alternative news source, but a vehicle to focus on the positives of our community. But as a business Swift Communications recognized growth opportunities were limited and made the difficult decision to stop publishing the scrappy weekly.
“This decision was very challenging for me personally. I love the Free Press and love the Grand Valley. This has been a great stop along the way and one of my favorite places to live and work. A great community in a beautiful setting that warmly welcomed my wife and I, we couldn’t have asked for more,” said general manager Ben Rogers.
Swift Communications will be retaining the current Free Press office space in Grand Junction. This office will be home to Wheels and Deals, a twice-monthly automotive publication. While the Free Press will cease publishing, Swift will continue promoting digital solutions as well as many other marketing tools — including Wheels and Deals — in the Grand Junction market and across Colorado.
On behalf of general manager Ben Rogers, Swift Communications and its subsidiary, Colorado Mountain News Media, it’s been an honor publishing the Grand Junction Free Press and serving the Grand Junction community. Thank you for welcoming the Free Press into your homes and places of work. A special thank you to the local small businesses who saw value in reaching the Free Press audience. But most of all, thank you to the community who read, shared and contributed to the publication since 2003.
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