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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

VT Guardian Shutting Down

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 1:55 PM

This Just In from a "reliable source" who got it from the Vermont Guardian's Shay Totten:

"I'm sending this note out to some close friends and associates before I
make it official on the website this afternoon.  I'm enclosing the
press release I will post from the Guardian, and the one that Chelsea
Green is releasing today as well.

"It's been great to work with and collaborate with many of you on this
list, and I'll still be in Vermont working away in indy publishing, so
I won't be far or unreachable by e-mail or cell phone (324-XXXX * see footnote below).

"I want to thank everyone for helping to make the Guardian such a great
asset in the media landscape while it lasted. Perhaps it can be
resurrected by some enterprising young journalists with more energy
than I have to give anymore, but we'll see. As you'll notice, the
website will remain active, though not actively posted to, for an
indefinite amount of time.

Vermont Guardian Editor/Publisher put that out to close friends within the last hour.

The accompanying press release stated:

This week's issue will be the paper's last, and will largely be
comprised of a "best of" retrospective of some of the most important
stories the paper published in its two-and-a-half year run, Totten
said. The Guardian's first weekly print edition hit the streets in
September 2004, and its circulation topped 10,000 readers statewide.

Au revoir, Vt Guardian.



*** Received from Mr. Totten on Wednesday afternoon:

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"Just wonder if youcan take down my phone number (a private cell phone number) from the websiteon Peter's blog. That e-mail went out to a group of friends and colleagueswhom I don't mind having it, but it's not for general consumption."
Gee whiz! Mine's in the fricken' phonebook!

Didn't think you'd want to be 'hard to reach' by interested, concerned parties.

Oh, well. Your wish?

My command!

- PF

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