Sun-Bonanza parent company buys Steamboat Springs newspaper
June 22, 2016
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The Simons family of Lawrence, Kan, owners of WorldWest Limited Liability Company, have sold the Steamboat Pilot & Today to Colorado Mountain News Media, a division of Swift Communications.
Dolph and Dan Simons, co-managers of the Kansas-based company, negotiated the terms of the sale of the paper. Colorado Mountain News Media will assume ownership Aug. 1.
In addition to the Pilot & Today, the sale includes Steamboat TV; websites SteamboatToday.com, ExploreSteamboat.com and SteamboatHomeFinder.com as well as the Craig Daily Press newspaper and websites in Craig.
Bob Brown, Swift Communications president and chief operating officer, and Suzanne Schlicht, Steamboat Pilot & Today publisher, met with Steamboat and Craig staff members this week to announce the pending sale.
"I have had the privilege of a 20-plus-year professional relationship with Suzanne Schlicht and have admired what she and her teams in Steamboat and Craig have achieved," said Brown. "Their commitment to their communities, their staff and quality are attributes that Colorado Mountain News Media and Swift embrace. We have a special affection for ski town resort communities and are thrilled with Steamboat joining our team."
The Steamboat Pilot has roots dating back to 1885. Steamboat Today, the company's free daily newspaper, began in 1989. The newspaper was owned and operated for three generations by the Leckenby family, pioneers in the Yampa Valley. Raljon Publishing, Inc. acquired the newspaper in 1989 and held it until 1994, when WorldWest bought the newspaper.
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Swift Communications was established in 1975 and is based in Carson City. The company owns more than two dozen regional and local publications in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Swift Communications specializes in serving mountain resort communities with daily newspapers, as well as large, national circulation and glossy magazines and a number of online products. Locally, Swift owns SierraSun.com; the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers; Tahoe Magazine and Lake Tahoe Home magazine; and the Tahoe Daily Tribune and Lake Tahoe Action.
"We have long admired the journalistic and operational excellence of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Craig Daily Press and the important leadership position these organizations hold in their communities," said Bill Waters, Swift Communications chief executive officer. "Opportunities abound to share content, resources, strategy and career opportunities across our Rocky Mountain, Wasatch Mountain, and Sierra Nevada/Lake Tahoe enterprises, strengthening our commitment to these world class resort markets."
Visit swiftcom.com to learn more about Swift Communications.