Adams Publishing Group buys regional papers

Adams Publishing Group, which owns the Post Register, has purchased Seattle-based Pioneer News Group Co., which owns nine Idaho newspapers, including the Teton Valley News in Driggs, the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, and the Rexburg Standard Journal.

The sale, announced in a Pioneer News Group news release, is expected to be finalized Nov. 1. Terms were not disclosed.

The sale includes 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah along with five newspaper and commercial print facilities, various shoppers and websites, the release said.

Minneapolis-based Adams Publishing Group owns and operates 100 community newspapers in 11 states. It acquired five newspaper publishing companies in 2016.

Adams Publishing Group purchased the Post Register as well as four Wyoming daily newspapers in 2015. Together those five papers formed APG of the Rockies. Post Register Editor and Publisher Roger Plothow is vice president of APG of the Rockies.

“We’re very excited to welcome the Pioneer group of community newspapers, commercial print facilities, and other print and digital products and services to APG,” said Steve Adams, of the Adams Publishing Group, in the release. “We’re especially pleased to welcome Pioneer’s over 500 dedicated associates to our community newspaper group.”

Pioneer operates these properties in the following states:

Idaho — The Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa, The Kuna Melba News, The Meridian Press, The Emmett Messenger Index, The Montpelier News-Examiner, The Preston Citizen and the aforementioned eastern Idaho properties.

Montana — The Bozeman Daily Chronicle and The Belgrade News.

Washington — The Ellensburg Daily Record, The Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, The Anacortes American, The Burlington Argus, The Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times and The Stanwood Camano News.

Oregon — The Klamath Falls Herald and News, The Lake County Examiner and The Klamath Falls Nickel.

Utah — The Logan Herald Journal and The Tremonton Leader.

In addition to its community newspaper company, the Adams family owns radio stations, outdoor advertising companies, a wine distribution business, label printing companies, and a large interest in Camping World Holdings, a publicly traded national network of RV dealers, affinity programs, the Good Sam Club, and other RV related products and services, the release said.

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