My wife and I announced to staff and community that we were pursuing an acquisition of a newspaper that was to close Sept. 1, 2014. We did not disclose the location of the paper as all aspects of the deal were not complete and the announcement was to take place during a visit to that market in early August. The seller walked away in the final hour nullifying a deal we’d worked on for three months. It was shocking and left us in quite a predicament. The fact is this pursuit was something we’d been looking at for quite some time as the newspaper industry is ripe with opportunity. 

We will be around for the next while enjoying all of our neighbors and the fall season. 

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I’ve offered my opinion, whether desired or not, to those who dealt with the Montrose Bucks program. Those issues were addressed by then Montrose Area Chamber and Tourism and today’s city operated Office of Business and Tourism. Right now you can purchase and receive $20 above $100 in Montrose Bucks bought at the downtown Montrose Visitors Center. The timing of this promotion is ideal given many families are currently purchasing back to school supplies and gearing up for the fall season. Montrose Bucks promotion runs through Aug. 30 and has a limited quantity available. Make sure to make your way down there and keep our retail dollars local.

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Although I was unfortunately out of town for the event this year, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the 2014 Moonshiners Ball. From the amenities to the attendance, just about everything was improved this year. People around town are calling it the best fundraiser in Montrose. I’m not one for hyperbole, but I do think the Moonshiner Ball is a great example of a key Montrose fundraiser that many will look forward to next year. The funds go to a great cause. Habitat for Humanity Montrose has constructed dozens of homes for people who would otherwise be unable to afford such shelter. Even better, Habitat is not just a giveaway. The program provides a hand-up by having future homeowners put sweat equity into the construction and pay a monthly mortgage. 

Francis Wick is the publisher of the Montrose Daily Press. He can be reached at 252-7099 or emailed at