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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.
The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity is a nonprofit organization that focuses on investigative reporting at state and local levels. The center, based in Bismarck, N.D., was founded in 2009 by the Sam Adams Alliance, a conservative thinktank, and several of its employees have come from positions in conservative publications and political offices,…