The Wyoming State Journal, a twice-weekly 7,200-paid circulation weekly has been purchased by the owners of the daily Riverton Ranger of Riverton, WY, according to Jim Hicks of Bolitho-Cribb & Associates who represented the sellers in the transaction.

The sellers, Mr. and Mrs. William Sniffin, have operated the Wyoming State Journal for more than 29 years. They also publish papers in South Dakota and Hawaii, as well as several specialty publications serving the tourism industry.

Both Lander and Riverton are located in Fremont County. Included in the purchase was the weekly Wind River News, a paper serving the Wind River Indian Reservation of Central Wyoming, the Fremont County Shopper’s Guide, and the Wind River Country Magazine, an annual travel publication.

Publisher of the Riverton Ranger is Steven Peck. Other family members, including State Senator Robert Peck, are co-owners of the family corporation.

Announcement of the sale came on the 50th anniversary of the first issue of the former Riverton Times, which was started in 1947 by Robert and Roy Peck. Four years later they merged with the Riverton Review to create the Riverton Ranger. In 1960 they took the paper to a five-day per week daily. In August of this year, they plan to add a sixth day to the publishing schedule.

Bolitho-Cribb & Associates is a publishing company brokerage firm with offices in Montana, Florida, and Wyoming.

Published July 15, 1999

Lander, WY