Palisade weekly to be transformed into semiannual travel magazine

The Palisade Tribune published its final edition as a weekly newspaper today and will be converted into a semiannual travel magazine.

The new publication, Colorado Grand, presented by the Palisade Tribune, will be designed to invite visitors to Palisade and the surrounding Grand Valley and distributed in the Denver area, Montrose, Moab, Utah, and other outlying areas. Colorado Grand will be a slick, glossy magazine with an emphasis on high quality photography, graphics and writing.

The first edition of Colorado Grand will publish this summer.

“Our editorial focus will be Colorado wineries, Colorado National Monument, the fabulous hiking and biking trails, museums, festivals and all the rest of what makes our area such a desirable vacation destination,” said Laurena Davis, the new publisher of Colorado Grand. “This is our chance to tell our wonderful story to people perhaps not so familiar with what our area has to offer.”

Grand Junction Media Inc., which owns The Daily Sentinel and The Nickel, purchased the Tribune and Fruita Times in December 2012. The Fruita Times will continue to publish as a weekly newspaper.

Grand Junction Media published the Tribune as a weekly paper for more than a year, but changing market forces made the weekly newspaper model unsustainable in Palisade.

“It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to discontinue the weekly paper,” Grand Junction Media Executive Vice President Jay Seaton said. “But it is with great excitement that we announce the change in formats.”

All Palisade Tribune subscribers will have their account balances transferred and credited to a subscription to The Daily Sentinel. There are only 20 Tribune subscribers who do not also subscribe to the Sentinel.

“We welcome this new publication,” said Barb Bowman, division director of the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau. This is a fantastic way to bolster the important travel and tourism segment of our regional economy.”


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