Swift Communications newspapers in Colorado will soon ask online readers to pay for access to content. The Carson City, Nevada-based company, which owns a slew of publications in Colorado and is sometimes mocked for its “McMountain News” mass-production publishing style, has already started erecting paywalls at publications elsewhere and will likely begin charging customers here next year. Analysts are viewing the move with skepticism, pointing out that in the wake of a decision this past spring to suspend comment features at its sites, Swift might be betting on a short-term cash-raising strategy in a shifting media environment that rewards the long play.
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Kayakers and conservation groups will rally at a downtown Denver boat shop Tuesday to hand deliver U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 Director Jim Martin tens of thousands of comments on the federal agency’s proposed guidance on which bodies of water in Colorado and around the nation qualify for protection under the Clean Water Act.