Adams Publishing Group, which has grown rapidly in the past few years by snapping up newspapers near its markets, is expanding in eastern Idaho by creating a new daily.
The Bingham County Chronicle is to launch March 5 as a five-day daily covering local news from the county, which includes Aberdeen, Shelley, Firth, Fort Hall and Blackfoot.
Family-owned APG’s Idaho properties include the dailies Idaho State Journal, Post Register and Idaho Press as well as more than a dozen weekly newspapers in Idaho and northern Utah.
Bingham County, with a population of about 50,000, has been without a newspaper to call its own since APG folded the Shelley Pioneer in 2017, noted an article on the newspaper announcement by Post Register reporter Ryan Suppe.
The article quoted Travis Quast, APG's regional president and publisher for East Idaho and northern Utah newspapers, as saying the company saw a need to restore greater coverage of Bingham County.
"In some ways it’s us going back to where we were before but in a broader range," Quast said. "But we also see (Bingham County) as a growing market, being sandwiched right in between Pocatello and Idaho Falls. We see some growth there, some good economic development there. We think it’s ripe to have a publication."
APG’s West Division President Eric Johnston told the Post Register that the company sees “a good road ahead for community newspapers."
"Markets like Pocatello and Idaho Falls and Bingham, residents in these markets rely on newspapers to get local information,” Johnston said. “We have a moral imperative to keep residents in these areas informed."
"(The Eastern Idaho group) has positioned us well to be able to leverage our resources from reporting and ad sales to circulation and production across that whole group to make us more efficient and stronger in the work that we do every day," Quast told the paper. "With the network of 10 newspapers we already have across here, I think we’re poised well to go in and put out a top quality product."
The Bingham County Chronicle will launch with a staff of six, including reporters, sales reps and an office manager. It will share reporting resources from the Post Register and Idaho State Journal.
"In those pages we won’t have to print the national news and regional news because those will be included in the dailies that are a companion to it," Quast told the Post Register’s Suppe. "That makes us a little more efficient, able for us to keep the cost down on the subscription side because I’m not having to duplicate pages in printing."
A subscription to the Bingham County Chronicle—which will be published in print Tuesday through Friday and Sunday—will include either the Post Register or the Idaho State Journal at no cost. It will also as a companion at no cost. The newspaper will also be published online at bcchron.com.