Mitch and Meg Bettis have purchased the Rio Blanco Herald Times from Kerry and Joy Murdock, according to John Cribb of Bolitho-Cribb & Associates, who represented the sellers in this transaction.
The Murdocks purchased the paper June 30, 2000 from Glenn and Donna Troester. “We have enjoyed our brief ownership of the Herald Times and are grateful for the friendships we have made during that time. We are pleased to be selling the paper to such a talented, experienced couple,” Murdock said.
Mitch started in the newspaper business 17 years ago as a reporter for his hometown paper in Arkansas. Since then he has worked in most every department at a newspaper and was most recently publisher of the Craig Daily Press in Craig and The Aspen Times in Aspen. Meg Bettis is an elementary school teacher.
“It’s a thrill for us to be back in Northwest Colorado.” Mitch said. “After our years in Craig, we know many folks in the communities of Rangely and Meeker and we are excited to be a part of the great history of the Herald Times.”
“I’m a small-town boy and I’ve spent most of my life in small towns. There is something very special about being able to bump into friends and family when you are at the grocery store, ball game, or at church,” Mitch said.
“I also believe good communities need good newspapers,” he continued. “There is a great history of family-owned newspapers in Rio Blanco County and I hope we can live up to that history established by the Lyttles, Cooks, Yeagers, Towlers and Troesters.”
Bolitho-Cribb & Associates is a seventy-eight year old newspaper brokerage company with offices in Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Florida.