Swift Newspapers has reached an agreement to purchase the Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard newspaper from current owners and publishers David and Ludi Henley. The newspaper will become part of Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers group, headquartered in Carson City.
The announcement was made to both TCAN and LVN staff Friday afternoon.
TCAN Group Publisher Peter Starren said, "We are most fortunate to soon include a paper with such high journalistic accomplishment to our group of great newspapers. Mr. Henley and his staff have won numerous statewide journalism awards from the Nevada Press Association. This newspaper, already very strong on local news, will work with others in the group to make it and our other newspapers THE best news source in Northern Nevada. We're all very proud and excited."
Fallon is approximately one hour east of Carson City in Churchill County, home to about 24,000 people. The Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard newspaper is a daily published six days a week with a circulation of 4,000. It has a long history with deep community roots and celebrates its centennial in December. The Henleys have owned the newspaper since 1977.
LVN Publisher David Henley said the new ownership arrangement will benefit the LVN's many loyal readers.
" The Swift Newspapers do a great job of covering the communities in which they are located. They care about people. and they care deeply about community journalism. They are committed to excellence.
"Year after year, we win awards for our local coverage of the issues that matter to Fallon and Churchill County. I have no doubt that will continue under Swift ownership."
Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers include the Nevada Appeal, the Record-Courier in Minden/Gardnerville, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza in Incline Village, Tahoe Daily Tribune in South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe World in Tahoe City and Sierra Sun in Truckee.
The group publishes Internet news sites for each newspaper as well as reno.com and tahoe.com information sites. TCAN is part of family-owned Swift Newspapers, based in Reno.