Chinook (newspaper)

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Chinook cover.jpg
Cover of vol. 2, no. 30 (August 13, 1970)
Type Underground press weekly
Format Tabloid
Founded 1969
Ceased publication 1972
Headquarters Denver, Colorado

Chinook was a counterculture underground newspaper published weekly in Denver, Colorado from Aug. 21, 1969 to Jan. 21, 1972. It was a member of the Underground Press Syndicate. A total of 117 issues were printed. In 1972 it merged with Boulder magazine to become The Straight Creek Journal,[1] which considered itself an alternative press rather than an underground press publication, publishing weekly from Feb. 10, 1972 to Aug. 7, 1980.[2] According to Abe Peck in his memoir Uncovering the Sixties, the original underground Chinook started to fall apart after a number of staffers left to become followers of Guru Maharaj Ji, who visited Denver and established a mission there in late 1971.[3] Contributors to Chinook included Chip Berlet.

Chinook Calendar page, April 23, 1970, showing typical events and community interests of an underground paper of this period. (Click to expand)


  1. ^ About this newspaper: Chinook, Chronicling America, Library of Congress, retrieved March 25, 2010.
  2. ^ About this newspaper: The Straight Creek journal, Chronicling America, Library of Congress, retrieved March 25, 2010.
  3. ^ Peck, Abe. Uncovering the Sixties:The Life and Times of the Underground Press (New York: Citadel, 1991), p. 273.