FINAL REPORT: Community Newspapers of CO
projects Community Newspapers donated to throughout garfield county
1999: Matching funds for purchase of “traveler” senior and disabled transportation- $2,300
2000: Purchase and installation of Rifle street clock (corner of 4th Street and Railroad Avenue)- $17,600
2000: Purchase of “Royal Descent” Elk sculpture $16,000
2001: Purchase of the microfilm reader and archived newspapers (Rifle Library)- $3,787
2001: Purchase of “Mark Twain” sculpture $20,500
2001: Purchase of automatic solar shades for Rifle Library- $6,151
2001: Identification signage for Rifle City Hall- $135
2001-2010: Graduating senior scholarships and teacher of the year awards- $72,750
2002-2003: Restoration of Veteran’s Memorial (Heinze Park)- $778
2003: Display for replica of Rifle Meteor (Rifle Creek Museum)- $130
2005: Rifle welcome signage- $900
2005-2006: Purchase and installation of “Over the Rainbow” sculpture (Centennial Park)- $35,150
2007: Contribution to Cayton Ranger Station Restoration project- $1,300
2007-2010: Purchase and installation of “Team Ropin’” sculpture (Garfield County Fairgrounds)- $19,527
2009: Landscaping plans for Garfield County Fairgrounds entry- $4,270
2009: Contribution to Silt Round-About improvement- $4,000
2009-2010: Contribution of Rifle murals projects- $10,000
2010: Purchase and installation of Veteran’s Memorial “Let Freedom Ring” sculpture- $32,000
2012: Matching funds to purchase and install “Mutton Bustin’” sculpture at Garfield County Fairgrounds entry- $15,000
2016: Matching funds to purchase New Ute Events Center seating- $70,000
With hundreds of thousands of dollars put back into the western Garfield County streets, buildings, and art that make it what it is, Community Newspapers of Colorado Inc. is closing the books after serving the community for 27 years.
The nonprofit corporation’s effort started in January 1990 with the goal of enhancing the lives of the residents of western Garfield County. With over 100 individuals and local business behind it, Community Newspapers of Colorado established, marketed and operated a community owned nonprofit newspaper for years and used the proceeds from its sale to support civic and community projects throughout the county.
The initial board of directors included Ted Clark, Claire Evans, Cindi Fenney, Gil Frontella, Carol Gentry, Lee Martens, Helen Rogers, John Scalzo, L.W. St John, Laverne Starbuck and Julie Ward.
Operation of Community Newspapers of Colorado Inc., began with the presales of advertising in the weekly newspaper, The West Valley Citizen, which commenced publication in April 1990. Within weeks of its first publication the West Valley Citizen became the dominant weekly newspaper for western Garfield County. By July 1990, the assets of the declining Rifle Telegram were purchased from the nonprofit corporation and the West Valley Citizen became the Citizen Telegram.
The Citizen Telegram became the newspaper of record for Garfield County, publishing all legal notices, as well as focusing its attention on western Garfield County events.
After a while Community Newspapers of Colorado Inc. sold the Citizen Telegram to Morris Communications Inc., with net proceeds in excess of $300,000. Over the years that $300,000 has been applied to civic and educational projects, with the well finally drying up with the purchase of the Ute Theatre’s new events center seating for $70,000.
To all those that have served as officers and directors and to the businesses and individuals that have contributed over the years, Community Newspapers of Colorado Inc. thanks you as it prepares to dissolve after decades of serving its community.
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