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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.
Patch is a network of local news sites with a combination of staff-produced and community-contributed material. It is owned by Hale Global, with former owner AOL retaining a small stake. The company, which focuses exclusively on local news, began with a handful of sites in New Jersey and Connecticut and is now in about 900 communities. It…