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Title UPA A Century Later
Subject Newspapers; Newspaper publishing; Journalism
Creator Utah Press Association
Publisher Utah Press Association
Contributors Cornwell, J. M.
Date 1996
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Identifier PN4844.U8 U8 1996
Source Original Book: UPN A Century Later
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2005, University of Utah. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution University of Utah
Source Physical Dimensions 14 cm x 21.5 cm
Metadata Cataloger Kelly Taylor
ARK ark:/87278/s6319w0z
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416710
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z

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Title Page169
Description UTAH'S SIX SURVIVING DAILIES the other for Cedar City. After two introductory weeks of free daily circulation, a campaign for subscribers was launched and soon brought 1,800 readers who paid $3.75 per month. By year's end the number of subscribers totalled nearly 2,900. By 1980 it had reached 6,500 and by 1984, 12,882 -- a 616% growth in seven years. The TMC concept had been maintained through blanket mailing of a weekly advertiser. Meanwhile, their reluctance to go to TMC cost the St. George and Cedar City weeklies local advertising support and, in 1982, Stahle purchased the Iron County Record in Cedar City. Growth of the Spectrum went hand-in-hand with that of the area. Between 1972 and February, 1984, when Stahle sold the paper, the circulation area's population grew from an estimated 32,224 to 63,820 and Washington county's population climbed from 13,669 to 32,812. Annual revenue was more than $2,000,000. Perhaps the major feather in the Spectrum's cap under Stahle's guidance was a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1982. It was the result of the paper's coverage of nationwide movements of the "Townships," called "Posse Comitatis," which translates to "Peoples' Militia." In 1982 the paper began to receive information from undisclosed sources concerning a constitutional fundamentalist group headed by Walter P. Mann III. The group's purpose was to establish military-style satellite units around the country and develop a governmental organization. Their plan was to wait for "the ultimate failure of the United States government," when the Townships would quickly assume leadership at all levels of government. The Washington county group was called the "Zion's Township" and one of its members after seeing, but not agreeing with, the Posse's direction, began feeding information to the Spectrum. Investigation by Rogers and editor Carrick Leavitt turned up facts they viewed as "very serious" - the group was converting semi-automatic weapons to automatic ones, accumulating arsenals of weapons and ammunition and had a "hit list" of local government officials. 169
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Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416180
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416180