Longmont Times-Call

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The Longmont Daily Times-Call, known under different combinations of these names, is a daily newspaper published in Longmont, Colorado. It carries local, regional, national and World news. It is owned by Prairie Mountain Publishing, a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, who purchased the paper in 2011.

In 2011 key people in the newspaper are publisher and editor Dean Lehman, managing editor John Vahlenkamp, and publisher emeritus Edward Lehman. Editorial offices are located at 350 Terry Street, Longmont.

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The earliest predecessor of the Daily Times-Call was the Free Press, a newspaper that Elmer and Fred Beckwith published twice in Burlington, Colorado in 1871. In 1872, after the Beckwith brothers had moved to Longmont, Elmer Beckwith started publishing the Longmont Sentinel. The newspaper changed its name to Colorado Press, then Longmont Press. On September 8, 1879, a day after the building with the Longmont Press had burned, Charles Boyton and J.J. Jilson printed the first Longmont Ledger. The burning of the Press building was the lead story. For several weeks the Longmont Ledger also printed the Longmont Press.[1]

The direct predecessors of the Times-Call were founded at the end of 19th century. In 1887 Elmer Beckwith founded the Longmont Weekly Times, which became the Daily Times in 1893. In 1898 William Forgey founded the Longmont Call. In 1905, George Johnson, who had taken over the Longmont Call,[2] changed it into a daily shortly named The Call. The Daily Times was taken over by Ray Lanyon in 1919, the Call in 1929 by Dr. J.A. Matlack.[1] The Times and Call merged in 1931. Competitor Longmont Ledger was closed in 1940. Ray Lanyon was the publisher of Daily Times-Call until 1957 and from 1931 to 1942 also mayor of Longmont.[3]

In 1957 the Daily Times-Call was taken over by attorneys Ed and Ruth Lehman, of whom Ed Lehman had journalistic experience. In 1967 the Lehmans bought the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald and in 1978 they acquired the Cañon City Daily Record, bringing their publications under the ownership of Lehman Communication. In 1985 the Times-Call added a Sunday edition, in 1998 it became a morning newspaper.[1] Lehman communication was continued by the next generation of the Lehman family. The newspaper group was expanded with the Erie Review, Lafayette News, Louisville Times and Superior Observer that were combined into the Colorado Hometown Weekly.

Prairie Mountain Publishing acquired Lehman Communication in 2011.[4][5][6]

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