Quick Hitters news briefs

Telluride Daily Planet group buys biannual magazine

Telluride Local Media LLC – parent company of the Telluride Daily Planet and The Watch – has purchased TellurideStyle, a biannual magazine since 1994, from longtime owner Jeff Bush for an undisclosed amount.

In a Daily Planet article by Editor Andre Salvail, Telluride Newspapers Publisher Andrew Mirrington said the company was “thrilled to take the helm” of the magazine, and to continue to work with Editor-in-Chief Cara Pallone and Design Director Kristal Rhodes. Mirrington said the two “have done much of the heavy lifting to make the magazine what it is today.” Evie Carrick is associate editor at the magazine, and advertising will be led by Telluride Newspapers Associate Publisher Dusty Atherton and Marketing and Sales Director Maureen Pelisson.


Cara Pallone


Pallone was news director for KOTO Community Radio for four years before joining TellurideStyle as a freelance writer, then editor as of last year. A Colorado native, Pallone earned a journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and moved to Telluride in 2013.


Jeff Bush

For the past five years, Bush has lived in Jackson, Wyo., which was part of the reason for the sale. As Bush told the Planet: “In 1993, for a very small fee, I purchased the Telluride In-Room Guest Directory, a four-color, leather-bound magazine that had been around for a couple of years. I did that for one year, but we decided to step things up to a stronger feature magazine, and changed it into TellurideStyle.”

Moving to Telluride in 1986, Bush founded a full-service advertising agency and publishing company. He also worked as a ski instructor, a hotel night manager, even a caretaker of a ranch on Wilson’s Mesa. He has overseen numerous publications over the years, at one time nine at once. And in 2013 he started JHStyle in Jackson, Wyo., modeling it after TellurideStyle.

With his current focus on his Jackson-area publications, Bush approached the Planet group about a sale. “It was time, it was difficult to keep coming back to Telluride,” said Bush. Added Mirrington: “The timing felt just about perfect for both parties. We are committed to Telluride and believe it is a great place to invest and expand our business.” Telluride Newspapers also publishes the Adventure Guide to the San Juans and Shelter magazine. The company bought the Daily Planet in July 2008 from newspaper chain Gatehouse Media.

New publisher takes over at Fort Morgan Times


Brian Porter


Julie Tonsing

Brian Porter was recently named publisher of Prairie Mountain Publishing’s Fort Morgan Times and Fort Morgan Weekly, replacing Julie K. Tonsing, who will now “focus her energies on leadership of media companies in Sterling and Akron, where she has served as publisher and accounting manager for 28 years,” noted an article on the Times website. Porter is also publisher of the Brush News-Tribune and Brush Beet Express, and has been publisher of the Akron News-Reporter since 2016.

Said Prairie Mountain Publishing President and CEO Albert Manzi: “Julie has done a tremendous job managing Fort Morgan and Sterling. In August, we purchased the South Platte Sentinel … and added it to our Sterling operation. Simply put, the workload to manage the two publications in Sterling and the two publications in Fort Morgan with the distance between the two properties is simply too much to ask of one person. Julie will bring her enthusiastic and laser focus on the Sterling Journal-Advocate, The South Platte Sentinel and Akron, while Brian will focus his energies on our Morgan County operations in Brush and Fort Morgan.”

Porter has 21 years of experience with award-winning news operations in weeklies and dailies. He led the redesign of the Brush News-Tribune in 2016 and recently helped launch the Brush Beet Express. “I look forward to increasing my involvement in Morgan County, and especially in Fort Morgan,” said Porter, “and appreciate the confidence Mr. Manzi and Prairie Mountain Publishing have placed in me.” Porter has won national awards from Associated Press and Inland Press Association, as well as many state and regional honors. His newspapers have consistently earned general excellence awards.

Aurora Sentinel, magazine add four to staff


Bobby Reyes


Philip Poston


Kara Mason


Ramsey Scott

The Aurora Sentinel has four new faces. The newspaper reported Aug. 10 that Bobby Reyes, Philip Poston, Kara Mason and Ramsey Scott have joined the Aurora Sentinel newsroom, “bringing a wide range of experience and talent” to the Aurora magazine and the city’s digital and weekly print news source.

Said Editor Dave Perry: “We’re honored to bring some of the state’s best, freshest talents on board. These journalists are already delivering what our readers have come to expect from the Sentinel.” Reyes has joined the news desk. He was recently sports editor at the Gunnison Country Times – where he won many Colorado Press Association awards for writing, photography and videography – and has written for ESPN, Competitor Magazine and a variety of nationally acclaimed news sources. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder.

Also an award-winner, Poston is a journalism graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, now a photographer. He has worked for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Westword in Denver, The Tribune in Greeley and the Coloradoan in Fort Collins.

Mason and Scott join the Sentinel and Aurora magazine team as reporters. Mason is a journalism graduate of Colorado State University Pueblo, president of the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and has covered the Colorado Legislature for a number of publications, including the Colorado Statesman, the Daily Record in Canon City and The PULP in Pueblo. She will cover Aurora, regional and state government.

Scott has worked in Colorado and Wyoming for the past six years, covering beats ranging from politics, local government and crime to education, the arts and features. He has written for the Colorado Statesman and the Gillette News Record. He will cover education and cultural issues.

Denver Press Club now on National Register of Historic Places


Denver Press Club

The Denver Press Club recently celebrated its 150th anniversary by joining the ranks of the National Register of Historic Places. An anniversary celebration and formal dedication took place Aug. 2 with guests including U.S Rep Diana DeGette, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Colorado historians Dr. Tom Noel and Stephen J. Leonard, and Rocky Mountain News veteran, Denver City Councilman and former Club President Kevin Flynn.

The club began in 1867 – although not officially incorporated as the Denver Press Club until 1877 – but at that point there was no actual building. Members initially met in the grocery store basement of the club’s first president, Wolfe Londoner, on Larimer Street, then in hotels prior to constructing the building in 1925. The Tudor-style building with English tavern style inside was designed by architects Burnham F. Hoyt and brother Merrill H. Hoyt, and built by Francis Kirchof for about $50,000.

The building at 1330 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver was designated an historic landmark by the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission in 1986. Visitors have included Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft (both of whom received honorary memberships) and Woodrow Wilson, but women weren’t allowed to join until the mid-1960s.


David Milstead

Today the club is led by President David Milstead with the aim “to support the journalistic profession and work.” A statement on the club’s website notes: “As the nation’s oldest press club, there has never been a time when we are needed more to promote and strengthen journalism while educating on issues that protect and encourage an empowered Fourth Estate.”