DENVER (AP) — E.W. Scripps says the Rocky Mountain News in Denver will publish its last edition Friday.
The company announced on the newspaper's Web site Thursday that its search for a buyer for the paper was unsuccessful.
*Updated 12:18 p.m.: The Rocky Mountain News has posted a story, which says Scripps still plans to sell "the masthead, archives and Web site" of the paper in a deal that excludes the agency that ran the paper with the Denver Post. The story ends with what seems to be a lament that even good work couldn't save the day:
In the past decade, the Rocky has won four Pulitzer Prizes, more than all but a handful of American papers. Its sports section was named one of the 10 best in the nation this week. Its business section was cited by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers as one of the best in the country last year. And its photo staff is regularly listed among the best in the nation when the top 10 photo newspapers are judged.**Updated 2:17 p.m.: The Denver Post is hiring some of the Mountain News journalists. Dean Singleton says the Rocky's demise will help the Post financially. (via Romenesko)