The Association of U S West Retirees



Goodbye, Colorado
The Rocky
Published February 27, 2009 at midnight

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to you today.  Our time chronicling the life of Denver and Colorado, the nation and the world, is over.  Thousands of men and women have worked at this newspaper since William Byers produced its first edition on the banks of Cherry Creek on April 23, 1859.  We speak, we believe, for all of them, when we say that it has been an honor to serve you.  To have reached this day, the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News, just 55 days shy of its 150th birthday is painful.  We will scatter.  And all that will be left are the stories we have told, captured on microfilm or in digital archives, devices unimaginable in those first days.  But what was present in the paper then and has remained to this day is a belief in this community and the people who make it what it has become and what it will be.  We part in sorrow because we know so much lies ahead that will be worth telling, and we will not be there to do so.  We have celebrated life in Colorado, praising its ways, but we have warned, too, against steps we thought were mistaken.  We have always been a part of this special place, striving to reflect it accurately and with compassion.  We hope Coloradans will remember this newspaper fondly from generation to generation, a reminder of Denvers history the ambitions, foibles and virtues of its settlers and those who followed.  We are confident that you will build on their dreams and find new ways to tell your story.  Farewell and thank you for so many memorable years together.