Just two months shy of its 150th birthday, Colorado’s oldest newspaper has published its last edition today. The owners of the Rocky Mountain News say the newspaper lost 16 million dollars last year and can’t afford to stay open. Nearly 230 newsroom staffers are losing their jobs. Bente Birkeland caught up with some of them yesterday as they were completing their last assignments for the paper. She has this report.

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