Former Rocky Mountain News staffers plan to start an online newspaper if they get 50,000 paying subscribers by April 23 â what would have been the News’ 150th anniversary.

The founders of said Monday the site will go live on May 4 if they meet the subscription goal.

The Web site would be free but subscribers who pay $4.99 a month would get extra content, including interactive chat and columns.

The site says, “It’s an investment, one worth $4.99 a month to encourage a bold, creative effort to continue a vision based on a 150-year Denver tradition.”

The E.W. Scripps Co. shut down the News last month, citing mounting losses. includes 30 reporters and editors who worked at the Rocky.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer also annoucned today that it will become an online-only newspaper with a much smaller staff.

Parent company Hearst Corp. says it has failed to find a buyer for the 146-year-old newspaper, which it put up for sale in January after nine years of operating losses.

The end of the print edition leaves The Seattle Times as the only major daily in the city.


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