ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner will become a twice-weekly printed publication beginning July 17.
APG Media of the Rockies Regional President Rory Palm said the paper will be delivered through the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesdays and Saturdays after the transition takes place. Palm noted the decision to limit publication was driven by news industry changes that have resulted in a loss of revenue, as well as increased printing costs.
Palm added that it has been difficult over the past several years to find carriers to fill our routes, and it’s very important that our readers in Rock Springs continue to have consistent and timely delivery of their newspaper.
Printing of the newspaper will move to Cheyenne at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle press. This change will mean the Rocket-Miner will now be able to have color on every page, something that was not available in the past.
“Moving the paper to a twice-weekly will allow our staff to put more of an emphasis on local content, spectacular photos and quality writing,” Palm said. “The goal is to have a bigger, more robust paper and to still allow readers a chance to get their daily local news fix by going to the website.”
Rocket-Miner Managing Editor Ann Jantz said the emphasis at the newspaper has always been on local content.
“The new format will offer more local content in each publication, in addition to national news and local content that have been requested by our readers,” Jantz said. “The change will also allow the public a greater opportunity to interact with the writers before deadline, which will ensure that stories have the most relevant, the most accurate and the most interesting content possible.”
The paper’s website will be updated throughout the week with additional content and photos. Subscribers to the newspaper will continue to have full access to the paper’s website, while those who do not subscribe will have access to a limited number of articles each week. Those who will have the paper mailed to their home, but don’t have access to the website, are invited to contact the paper at 307-362-3736 to set up an online username and password.
The new cost for an in-county subscription will be $95 per year. Current subscribers will have the remaining value of their subscription prorated to add additional length to offset the decrease in printing days.
The current five-day-a-week cycle will end with the Saturday, July 13, paper, and the first twice-weekly paper will begin on Wednesday, July 17.
APG Media of the Rockies is parent company of newspapers in Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins and Rock Springs, as well as the Wyoming Business Report.