BOUNTIFUL — The Davis County Clipper will cease publication of its weekly newspaper Dec. 4 after more than 129 years in business.
Publisher R. Gail Stahle said his family have loved publishing the Clipper since 1891, and each generation has cherished the opportunity and understood the value of a community newspaper.
“But as with almost all newspapers, advertising revenues and subscriptions have been continuously falling over the past decade, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exasperated the challenge,” he said in a statement Monday. “The operating model for the Clipper is just no longer viable.”
Last month, the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune announced they would no longer print daily newspapers after Dec. 31. A decadeslong joint operating agreement between the two newspapers expires at the end of the year. Both will continue to print a weekly publication.
Stahle is a third-generation publisher of the Clipper. His grandfather, John Stahle Sr., partnered with local businessman Lamoni Call to start Little Clipper in 1891, but changed to Davis County Clipper in 1892. His son, John Stahle Jr., took over as publisher in 1954, and Gail Stahle became publisher in 1989.
“I grew up in Bountiful, grew up basically at the Clipper, and it is heartbreaking to have to cease publication,” Gail Stahle said. “I know the importance of getting community news out to residents, and I’m very thankful for the large number of editors, writers, typesetters, production people and printers who’ve served as part of our Clipper family for multiple generations.”
The Clipper won hundreds of awards from the Utah Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. The Utah SPJ chapter presented Gail Stahle with its Lifetime Achievement Award this past spring.