New owners of Plaindealer passionate about community journalism

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Erin McIntyre and Mke Wiggins purchased the Ouray County Plaindealer Thursday from Alan Todd and Beecher Threatt.




by Alan Todd


A Western Slope couple and Colorado natives purchased the Ouray County Plaindealer on Thursday.

Mike Wiggins, former managing editor of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction and Erin McIntyre, former reporter for the Sentinel, purchased the Plaindealer - the second-oldest business on the Western Slope - from Alan Todd and Beecher Threatt.

McIntyre, 39, grew up in Fruita and worked two stints at the Sentinel as a reporter and a copy editor. She has covered everything from crime to county government and recently has reported in-depth on the Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors investigation. 

She has won numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association for reporting, investigative series, public service, agriculture and humor columns.

"My favorite thing about journalism is connecting with the community I serve," she said, "telling personal stories folks can relate to." 

Wiggins, 43, is a 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry. In addition to his recent post at the Sentinel, he has covered everything from city and county government to crime and education. He has been a member of the Colorado Press Association board of directors for the past five years.

Wiggins is a Colorado native who grew up on the Front Range but has lived on the Western Slope since he attended college at Colorado Mesa University.

The couple look forward to making Ouray County their home and getting to know the community.

"We are passionate about community journalism and take our role as the next caretakers of the Plaindealer seriously," Wiggins said.

The Ouray County Plaindealer was established in 1877, and only the Silverton Standard and The Miner (1875) newspaper traces its roots as a Western Slope business back further than the Plaindealer.

The Plaindealer has been owned and operated by Alan Todd and Beecher Threatt since October 2010, when they purchased the paper from David Mullings. It is the newspaper of record for Ouray County, the City of Ouray and the Town of Ridgway.

Read more about the new owners in the April 11 edition of the Ouray County Plaindealer.