MediaNews owns nine newspapers in Southern California, some of which already have a working relationship with the Register.
But the consolidation plans could go much further. From the WSJ:
MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of more than 50 daily U.S. newspapers including the Denver Post, is eyeing a merger with Freedom Communications Inc. and possibly several other newspaper companies, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The person ... said Alden wants to roll at least some of its various newspaper holdings into a single company. Alden was part of a group of financial firms that emerged last year as the winner of the auction of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. Alden also owns a stake in Journal Register Co., which publishes the New Haven Register among a group of other papers.