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News celebrates its 153rd today

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The Deseret Morning News, oldest registered business in Utah and one of the West's oldest newspapers, is quietly celebrating its 153rd birthday today.

The newspaper printed its first edition on a small hand press in the adobe territorial mint building in Salt Lake City on June 15, 1850. That first edition included some 300 copies with eight pages each. Willard Richards was the newspaper's founding editor.

The 2003 anniversary is special, noting a conversion to a full morning delivery. The a.m. delivery began June 9 after a two-month phase-in.