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Alt-Weekly Considered Investigating Spokane Mayornew

The Spokesman-Review  |  05-09-2005  6:14 pm  |  Industry News

One of Spokane's Alt-Weeklies Stops Publishingnew

The last issue of The Local Planet, an AAN-member paper in Spokane, Wash., was distributed July 8. A year ago, publisher Matt Spaur's wife, founding editor Connye Miller, died, and Spaur said he no longer had the interest or energy to keep publishing. During the "feisty" paper's four-year run, it "poked at Spokane's conservative establishment and took readers on irreverent romps through the region's political, music and dating scenes," The Spokesman-Review's John Stucke writes. Spokane is home to another AAN member, The Pacific Northwest Inlander.
The Spokesman-Review  |  07-20-2004  11:23 am  |  Industry News

Co-Founder of Alternative Paper in Spokane Dies at 37new

The Local Planet Weekly's Founding Editor and Co-Publisher, Connye Miller, died June 15 of complications related to the rare disease porphyria. Matt Spaur, her husband and co-publisher, remembers her in 475 words of poetry, pain and love.
Local Planet Weekly  |  06-21-2003  1:33 pm  |  Industry News

Council Member Drops Libel Suitnew

Spokane, Wash., City Councilman Steve Eugster has dropped a libel suit against The Local Planet Weekly's parent company. He claimed the Local Planet defamed him in a column that suggested he followed no law but his own and depicted him with a pitchfork and horns.
Local Planet Weekly  |  05-30-2003  1:22 pm  |  Industry News

Local Planet Editor Runs for Mayor of Spokanenew

Tom Grant, editor of the Local Planet Weekly, announces that he's leaving his job and running for mayor of Spokane, Wash. Grant has been a journalist for 23 years, primarily as an investigative television reporter. His reporting helped free more than a dozen innocent people from jail in the mid-1990s, and he recently helped uncover a secret deal in Spokane by which millions in taxpayer dollars were being diverted to the richest family in town. He has been with The Local Planet for two years.
Local Planet Weekly  |  05-01-2003  12:41 pm  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Look to Media Rivals as Partners

Alternative newsweeklies have found myriad ways to team up with competitors for lucrative cross-promotional arrangements. Radio is perhaps the most common partner for alt-weeklies and music events the most frequent vehicle for cooperation, Ann Hinch writes for AAN News. Television and even print, however, have been mined by AAN members “to reach a broader audience and more diverse demographic.” (FULL STORY)
Ann Hinch  |  11-18-2002  12:34 pm  |  Industry News

Cowles Family Sends Subpoenas Flying in Spokanenew

“The Family” is taking on new meaning in Spokane, Wash. The Local Planet Weekly reports that the Cowles family, developers of River Park Square mall in downtown Spokane, has filed subpoenas in the long-running legal battle over the public-private partnership established to remodel the mall and adjoining parking garage. The Cowles family also owns Spokane’s daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, as well as the local business journal and NBC television affiliate. The subpoenas target political opponents, including The Local Planet Weekly and anyone who helped with its AAN first-place award-winning story, "All in the Family," which details the Cowles family's conflicts of interest.
Local Planet Weekly  |  06-20-2002  8:11 pm  |  Industry News

Alternative Papers Rip Up Fronts to Cover Terrorist Nightmare

Across the country, alternative newsweeklies ditched their planned front pages as the awesome events of Tuesday unfolded. East Coast papers like The Village Voice and Washington City Paper are sharing stories and pictures with colleagues from Maine to California. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  09-12-2001  4:11 pm  |  Industry News

Two Takes on Alt-Weekly Moralenew

Columbia Journalism Review delves into newsroom morale in its latest issue. Among the views presented are two from alternative newsweeklies. Former TV reporter Tom Grant is positively euphoric about his new job at The Local Planet Weekly . Meanwhile, over at East Bay Express, there's quite a different outlook.
Columbia Journalism Review  |  09-10-2001  7:10 am  |  Industry News

New Member, New Name (New Motto Too!)new

The Local Planet of Spokane, Wash., which was approved for AAN membership last month in New Orleans, is changing its name to The Local Planet Weekly. President and Co-Publisher Matthew Spaur credits Folio Weekly Publisher Sam Taylor for the suggestion: “He said it would add $100,000 to our value. I’m still waiting for the check,” Spaur jokes in a news release posted on the AAN Web site.
The Local Planet Weekly Press Release  |  08-20-2001  6:21 am  |  Industry News

The Local Planet Changes Names

Nothing too drastic, though (FULL STORY)
08-17-2001  11:51 am  |  Press Releases