The Queen City News, the free Helena-based weekly paper featuring local news, opinion and entertainment listings, has stopped publication, and its publisher is not saying if it has plans to resume.
The paper did not publish its issues scheduled for Jan. 5 and Jan. 12 and moved out of its leased offices on Jackson Street.
The paper also surrendered its membership in the Montana Newspaper Association.
“They informed us that they were not going to be publishing the paper any more,” said Joe Jacobs, MNA advertising director.
Staff at the paper’s printer, River’s Edge Printing in Great Falls, said it had not printed the paper’s first two January issues but that they did not know anything about its future.
The weekly paper had already taken a scheduled hiatus around Christmas, skipping its last two December issues.
“I got a call from them … saying they were going to extend their vacation time, that they were burnt out,” said Walter Jankowski, who has worked delivering the paper. He did not know when or if it planned to resume.
Last week, people were seen removing boxes from the offices but did not answer the door when the Independent Record knocked seeking comment. A sign on the building said “For Lease.”
Asked at the office on Jan. 8, Editor-Publisher Cathy Siegner would not say whether the paper had ceased publication.
“When I have something to say, I’ll say it,” she said.
The paper normally publishes every Wednesday and was available in numerous stores and restaurants in the area. Calls and e-mails last week and again Friday seeking comment were not returned.
Reporter Sanjay Talwani: 447-4086 or firstname.lastname@example.org