EDWARDS, Colorado - Former Vail Daily owner Jim Pavelich pulled the plug Monday on his two Colorado newspaper ventures, the Vail Mountaineer and the Denver Daily News.
Pavelich and Associate Publisher Erinn Hoban-Chavez launched the Mountaineer in June 2008, publishing six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday. Economic constraints brought on by the recession forced local businesses to cut the amount of money they spend on advertising in all local media.
"No one could have predicted the economic downturn," Pavelich said.
After three years, Pavelich ended the Mountaineer.
"I'd like to thank all the advertisers who supported us," Pavelich said. "The staff worked unbelievably hard for three years."
Vail Daily publisher Don Rogers has credited competition from the Mountaineer for making the Daily stronger, leaner and better. Pavelich called Rogers to tell him personally.
"I'm disappointed," Rogers said. "Two-newspaper towns are exciting for journalists, and it makes newspapers more relevant."
The Daily won't change because the Mountaineer is gone, Rogers said.
"We'll still put out the best paper we possibly can, cover the news well and be good business partners with the community," Rogers said. "We're not changing our strategy because the Mountaineer stopped publishing. Our mission as a newspaper is to continue to provide the best possible product at the best possible value, and help businesses reach their customers in the most effective way."
Pavelich launched the Vail Daily in 1981 and the Summit Daily News in 1989. After he sold them to Swift Newspapers in 1993, he started the Denver Daily News.