Big changes for local newspaper
1891 — The Pantograph is first printed March 13, 1891 by Clarence Bronaugh in Craig, Routt County 1895 — Humphrey Jones takes over The Pantograph and renames it The Craig Courier (or Courier)
1900s — The building at 466 Yampa was built by Alex Robinson and E.A. Aiken for use as the Craig Crescent Club.
1902 — The Routt County Republican starts publishing in Hayden
1911 — Moffat County was formed, a Democrat led the State as Governor, a new newspaper — The Craig Empire — was a “voice for the Democratic point of view.”
1916 — The Moffat County Bell is published in Maybell by owners of the Craig Courier
1920 — The newspaper moved to 466 Yampa where it has remained to the present day. Prior to newspaper ownership, the building had been used as various time as the Craig Post Office, ready wear store, undertaking parlor, taxidermy shop and restaurant.
1929 — The Craig Courier and The Craig Empire merged to become The Craig Empire Courier weekly newspaper.
circa 1942 & 43 — The Moffat County Mirror was published “reflecting the live and activities of its people.”
Mid 1950s — The Routt County Republican changed it name to the Northwest Daily Press
1950-60s — The weekly Craig Empire Courier began publishing a mid-week supplement called Yampa Valley Flashes
1961 — Bob Sweeney joins The Northwest Daily Press
1962 — The Northwest Daily Press starts printing daily
The Craig Empire Courier becomes the Empire-Courier (or Empire Courier)
1974 — The Empire-Courier is sold by Chuck Stoddard to Sweeney
1980 — A competing paper, The Northwest Monitor comes our for a year or two
1982 — Howard Publications buys The Empire Courier from Bob Sweeny and in June prints the last edition
1997 — World West LLC purchase the Craig Daily Press
Aug. 1, 2016 — Swift Communications purchases the Craig Daily Press, the Steamboat Today/Pilot
July 31, 2017 — The Craig Daily Press changes to the Craig Press under the leadership of Publisher Renee Campbell and Editor Thomas R. Martinez
Source: Museum of Northwest Colorado
Changes are set to continue at the Craig newspaper this week. These changes will impact the print edition of the newspaper and its distribution.
The Monday newspaper was printed for the last time on July 31. Later in the week, the size of the Wednesday and Friday papers will increase. Direct home delivery comes to an end. Delivery continues to be available via the US Postal Service.
Starting Wednesday and Friday, print editions of the newspaper will be available for free at over 60 newsstands throughout the community and from area businesses.
Subscribers should have received a letter providing options, including pro-rated refund of fees paid.
Research indicates that moving to a free paper should significantly increase readership. In anticipation 6,500 newspapers will be printed each day Wednesday and Friday going forward. We will scale this number up or down depending on community feedback.
There are no changes to Print Shop services.
Our daily coverage will continue online, but to reflect the changes in our print distribution, the paper has been renamed The Craig Press. This is the latest name for a newspaper that has been published in Craig for our community since 1891. We are grateful to continue to reside at 466 Yampa Ave. where our hardworking team carries on the 126 year tradition of local storytelling.
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