Aspen bulges with newspapers
A news magazine-style publication, affiliated with the Castle Rock Daily Star on Colorado’s Front Range, will hit Aspen’s streets on Saturday.”It’s true. We are planning on making our debut up there,” said Kiki Nichols, assistant editor for the Daily Star.”We’ve been planning it for awhile. We feel good about starting this week. We’re laying out pages,” she said Wednesday.Those involved with the venture are still working on a name for the Aspen publication, she said yesterday. Nichols said she did not know whether the free weekly would have a local headquarters, though locals will be involved with the project.”We have investors up in Aspen and some writers up in Aspen,” she said.Daily Star Publisher Louis Vagle was unavailable for comment Wednesday.Aspen already boasts two free seven-day-a-week newspapers, the news magazine-style Aspen Times Weekly, several glossy magazines and the Aspen Free Press, a one-page sheet that appears around town sporadically.”We realize the market is saturated,” Nichols said. “People are like, why?”We’re going to start and just get our name out there and see what the reaction is,” she said. “It’s a good market, it’s a strong market, so we’re going to take our chances and see what happens.”Castle Rock, located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, is home to both the weekly Douglas County News-Press and the Daily Star, a start-up paper founded several years ago by Richard Bangs, former editor of the News-Press. Bangs is no longer involved with the Daily Star, which publishes twice a week, Nichols said. The Daily Star is published by European Publishing Co., which also produces a weekly newspaper in nearby Highlands Ranch. It’s a local company headed by Vagle, according to Nichols.The Daily Star’s website, which still lists Bangs as its publisher/editor, indicates the newspaper is published by Star Publishing Group, made up of Castle Rock residents and/or business owners who formed the company because “they believed the time was right for a new daily newspaper in Castle Rock Colorado.”Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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