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Plans for the Times were announced by former Rocky staffers in March 2009, a few weeks after the Rocky stopped publishing. The Times hoped to bring in 50,000 paid subscribers and fund a 30-person newsroom, but they drew only 3,000 subscribers, leading several of the project’s organizers to leave and form the failed Rocky Mountain Independent.
The site was briefly kept alive with three paid staffers and about two dozen contributors. It includes a combination of aggregated and original content, and its revenue derives from advertising and donations. It has since ceased publication.
Topix is a network of aggregated local news and community forums. Topix was launched in 2004 in Palo Alto, Calif., by the founders of the Open Directory Project. Three newspaper companies — Gannett, Knight-Ridder, and the Tribune Co. — each bought a quarter of the company in 2005. The site claims about 125 million page…