Community Media of Colorado sold to local publishing company

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The Macari-Healey Publishing Co. has purchased Community Media of Colorado and its 12 newspapers from ASP Westward.

Jerry Healey, president and CEO of the newly formed Macari-Healey Publishing Co., said the move will signify a renewed emphasis on community journalism and involvement. Houston-based ASP Westward had owned Community Media of Colorado since 2002.

“We’re bringing the papers back to local family ownership,” Healey said.

Community Media of Colorado’s newspapers and websites primarily cover the south metro Denver area. The papers are the Littleton Independent, Castle Rock News-Press, Douglas County News-Press, Elbert County News, Englewood Herald, Highlands Ranch Herald, Lone Tree Voice, Parker Chronicle, Pikes Peak Courier View, Teller County Extra, Centennial Citizen and The (Monument) Tribune.

Healey also manages the Great 8 Newspapers, which primarily serve the communities west and north of Denver. The group includes the Golden Transcript, Arvada Press, Lakewood Sentinel, Westminster Window, Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, Westsider and Wheat Ridge Transcript.

“We are pleased that CMC will be in good hands,” ASP Westward President James Hopson said. “Jerry Healey is a smart and energetic publisher who knows the market well.”

Healey previously owned the Englewood Herald, Littleton Independent and Highlands Ranch Herald from 1992-97. The mid-1990s was one of the newspapers’ most successful eras.

“The combination of local ownership and dedication to quality journalism and community involvement helped give the papers some of their best readership years ever,” Healey said.

Healey, who lives in Highlands Ranch, said he and his wife are excited about being involved in the communities his newspapers serve. He also plans for Community Media of Colorado to dedicate more space and energy to news stories, with the goal of each newspaper having its own full-time dedicated reporter.

“The one thing I know for certain is that community journalism is here to stay,” Healey said.

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