Pinedale Roundup and Sublette Examiner newspapers sold
Both bought by Wyoming Newspapers, Inc.
August 4, 2006
The Pinedale Roundup and Sublette Examiner newspapers announced Thursday, August 3, that their papers had been sold to Wyoming Newspapers Inc (WNI) as of July 31, 2006.
The Pinedale Roundup was placed on the market sometime earlier this summer. The Sublette Examiner was not originally up for sale, but was approached by WNI about the purchase, reported the Sublette Examiner.
WNI owned nine other newspapers in Wyoming previous to the Pinedale acquisitions. They own the Kemmerer Gazette, Torrington Telegram, Uinta County Herald, Warren Sentinal, Lingle Guide Platte County Record Times, Lusk Herald, Bridger Valley Pioneer and the Gurnsey Gazette. It also owns a paper in Nebraska and two in Colorado. The parent company, News Media Corporation, owns 59 newspapers across the United States.
Both papers reported that the new owners will keep the same staffs and operating styles of the two papers. The papers, which print once a week, will continue to operate independently of each other out of Pinedale.
Rob Shaul stepped down as editor of the Pinedale Roundup. Joyce Bohm is now shown as General Manager/Ad Director, and Linsey Ross as News Editor for the Pinedale Roundup. Shaul bought the paper in 2001 after owning and operating the Sublette County Journal newspaper since 1996.
Rhonda Swain will continue as editor of the new Sublette Examiner, as well as picking up the role of General Manager. The Examiner was founded in 2001 by a partnership between Swain, Cat Urbigkit, Sheri Nolan and Deanne Swain who formed the company Two Rivers Publishing Inc. The Sublette Examiner was created after three of the partners split away from the Pinedale Roundup when it was purchased by Shaul. The partners said they will continue in their current staff positions at the Sublette Examiner.
The selling price was not disclosed for either paper. According to the article in the Sublette Examiner, News Media Corporation Chief Executive Officer John Tompkins made the Examiner partners, "an offer they couldn’t refuse, including a pledge to work with the community to continue to grow this community newspaper." Two Rivers Publishing plans to expand into book publishing.