Casper Star Tribune shuts down press, outsources printing to Cheyenne

WYOMING – Wyoming’s largest statewide newspaper Casper Star Tribune announced yesterday it is closing down its press. The paper will outsource its printing to Cheyenne.

Alfred J. Mokler (center) in the Natrona County Tribune office c1897. Mokler acquired the paper in 1897 and changed the name from Natrona Tribune to Natrona County Tribune. By 1965 the paper would officially become known as the Casper Star-Tribune. (Fort Caspar Museum)

The cost-saving measure will result in some two dozen layoffs including a 32-year press room supervisor Joe Martinez, a reported seven full-time employees, and some 13 part-timers.

Lee Enterprises owns the Trib—a purchase made in 2002—which will now be printed by the Adams Publishing group’s press based in Cheyenne. Adams also owns Cheyenne Tribune Eagle, Rock Springs Rocket Miner, Rawlins Daily Times, and Laramie Boomerang.

Declining print subscriptions and an aging press (nearly 50 years old) were cited as reasons the paper will print using Adams’ fairly new German-made Mann Rolland press. The trend today is regional publishing houses printing dozens of publications. Few stand-alone papers are able to continue with their own pressrooms.

Recent tariffs imposed by the Trump administration were not mentioned by Trib management but paper costs are expected to be on the rise as a result of the new foreign trade policy.

The Casper Star Tribune has printed a paper since 1891 when it began publishing under the name Natrona Tribune.

Natrona Tribune in its first year. This is the earliest known copy in digital existence—Vol. 1, edition 5, from July 15, 1891.
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