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New York publishing company agrees to buy Pueblo Chieftain

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The Pueblo Chieftain announced a deal has been made on the sale of the local newspaper.

The Star-Journal Publishing Corp. of Pueblo says an agreement has been reached with GateHouse Media to sell the Pueblo Chieftan. The sale is expected to close in the next 30 days, according to the Chieftain.

The Pueblo Chieftain is the oldest daily newspaper in Colorado at 150-years old. The president of Star-Journal Publishing Corp. and publisher of the Chieftain, Jane Rawlings, said it took months for her and her board to study prospective buyers. 

Rawlings' father, Robert Hoag Rawlings, was the original owner, publisher and editor of the newspaper for decades before passing away in 2017. Rawlings took over the paper in October 2016.

"It was my dad's wish that The Chieftain would be sold up on his death, with proceeds to be placed in the Rawlings Foundation and that those funds would be used for the betterment of Pueblo and Southern Colorado," Rawlings said.

GateHouse media is a large publisher of locally based media, publishing more than 560 community papers, 124 daily newspapers, and over 485 affiliated websites, according to a release.The president of Western U.S. Publishing Operations for GateHouse Media, Jason Taylor, was in Pueblo Tuesday for the official announcement. 

Taylor said his company is proud to be the new owner of the local newspaper. 

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