By Hubble Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Greenspun Media Group empire continued to shrink Wednesday with the announcement that the company was suspending publication of two Southern Nevada community newspapers, the Henderson Home News and Boulder City News.
The news follows Tuesday’s report that Greenspun has pulled the plug on its “News One at 9” broadcast on Las Vegas One television channel and last week’s cancellation of 702.tv, a Las Vegas-based news and entertainment video Web site.
The Boulder City News was established in 1937, when Boulder Dam was being built, and has a circulation of 7,500, according to the Nevada Press Association. Henderson Home News was established in 1951 and has 27,600 circulation.
“Given the present environment, we sadly have no choice but to take a break from the community newspaper business,” Bruce Deifik, president of Greenspun Corp., said in a company statement. “We apologize to our communities for the suddenness of this news, and we hope our many loyal readers will now turn to our websites and our other outstanding publications for their news needs.”
Calls to Tim O’Callaghan, co-publisher of Henderson Home News, were not returned. He’s the son of the late Mike O’Callaghan, former Nevada governor and a one-time owner of Henderson Home News.
While scaling back its local newspaper enterprise, Greenspun will continue to deliver local news content through its LasVegasSun.com Web site, affiliated interactive media and other regional publications, Deifik said.
Greenspun publishes the Las Vegas Sun in a joint operating agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.