Vail Daily founder to start new paper |

Vail Daily founder to start new paper

EDWARDS, Colorado ” The co-founder of the Vail Daily says he’s starting a new daily newspaper in Eagle County.

Edwards resident Jim Pavelich says his new paper will start up in spring or early summer as a five- or six-day daily.

“I just wanted to establish some kind of business that our family can be proud of,” he said.

After selling the Vail Daily in 1993, Pavelich wanted to focus on developing a piece of land that he owns in Avon and running a business there, he said. But the Eagle River Fire Protection District has targeted that land for condemnation for a new fire station.

“Now that the fire district decided to take it for their purposes, I no longer have that opportunity,” Pavelich said.

So he’s starting a newspaper ” something he’s done a few times before. Pavelich started the Summit Daily News, the Denver Daily News, the Palo Alto Daily (Calif.) News and the San Francisco Daily, all free dailies.

Pavelich and his partner sold the Palo Alto paper and its sister publications to Knight Ridder in 2005.

He published the first edition of the Vail Daily in 1981 as a one-page paper.

The new, as-yet-unnamed paper will be a bit bigger than that, Pavelich said.

“It’ll look more like a newspaper,” he said.

Pavelich plans to hire a staff of four or five people, including reporters, and ad salespeople and graphic artists. The first editions will have few pages and a small circulation, he said.

The last time there were two daily local newspapers in Eagle County was 2000, when the Daily Trail folded.

Pavelich, who objects to the condemnation efforts targeting his land, said his paper will “make sure people aren’t abused by local governments.”

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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