Owners Close Long Time Gridley Newspaper

Employees and readers given little notice.

Posted: Aug 31, 2018 7:33 PM
Updated: Aug 31, 2018 7:40 PM

After 137 years of publishing the The Gridley Herald rolled out its last newspaper this week.

An article posted to the paper's website Thursday says that the publisher and employees were given the news wednesday morning.It says the main reason for closing up shop is the increasing price of newsprint, as well as other economic factors.

The twice-weekly newspaper had a circulation of 11 hundred customers, and is owned by Gatehouse Media.  There were six employees.

Publisher Lisa Van De Hey wrote, "I am especially saddened for the work we will not be able to do for you, the events we won't be covering, the children we won't be reporting on. To think of clearing out my office after 26 years is mind boggling...".  She also expressed "dismay, grief and sorrow" about the closure.

Gridley Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Spencer said it's devastating and that the chamber is hoping something can be done to change the situation.

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