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First News Spring 2006

The News - La Veta
Meet the New Owners

   The dream of owning a small town newspaper began 20 years ago, as every eager reporter hopes to earn the rank of publisher one day. The reality started eight months ago, when Renee and David Rinehart approached the owners of the Signature Newspaper in La Veta to make an offer to publish the paper.

   “Everything just started to fall into place, and we felt like it was meant to be,” said Renee Rinehart. After 18 years as owner of an advertising and public relations firm in the Denver area, Renee was ready to go back to reporting. The newspaper still allows her to use her skills in designing, advertising, and handling the production of the weekly newspaper.

The Signature: David & Renee Rinehart


   David Rinehart left a 20-year career in financial services to help manage the business. David is handling the accounting, ad sales and whatever else needs to be done. “Every day is a new adventure. It’s exciting to be involved with a small community and to meet all the great people,” said David. The couple relocated from Westminster, Colorado to their second home in Navajo Ranch Resorts. “We bought an investment property in 1999, shortly after some friends from college relocated to the area. We just fell in love with southern Colorado and the views of the Spanish Peaks,” Renee added. The two are up to the challenges of putting together a weekly newspaper. With constant deadlines and meetings to cover, they will keep up on the news with the help of reporter, Cathy Mullens. Some changes are in the works, including the new feature “Where in Huerfano?”, a photo of a recognizable place within Huerfano County appearing twice a month. Readers are asked to identify the location and share their memory of the place. They also plan to include more local coverage, and other changes will be less noticeable as minor revisions are made to the layout and design of the paper to make it more reader friendly.



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