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Huerfano Journal takes over the World

WALSENBURG- Brian and Gretchen Orr, publishers of the Huerfano Journal, have purchased the Huerfano County World newspaper from its most recent owner, Dale Bean.  The Orrs have combined the two newspapers into one, and are calling it, appropriately enough, the Huerfano World Journal.

The Orrs are proud to carry on the 126-year history that the World represents, and pledge to remain fair and open to Huerfanos from all walks of life and beliefs.

The Huerfano World has undergone many name tweaks over the past century and a quarter, putting the World and Journal together is a natural continuation.  The Huerfano World started as the Walsenburg World in 1889. The newspaper named the Cactus was started in 1884 and merged with the World about 1901. The World consolidated with the Independent about 1930 and they became the World-Independent.  In 1958 Mack Nations turned the daily World-Independent into the weekly Huerfano World.

The World’s production and editing has been done in Los Angeles since July 2008, when Lisa Grace Kellogg purchased the paper from Jay Crook and moved everything back to her California offices. The Orrs are returning the World to being a completely local publication.  All writing, editing, production, sales, and distribution will be handled locally.

Advertisers’ contracts with the World will be honored by the Journal, and World subscriptions will be filled by the World Journal for the length of the paid subscription.

“We expect there to be some confusion and bumps in the road as we combine the two papers, so please give us a little time,” said owner and editor Gretchen Sporleder Orr. “We’re confident we’ll continue to produce the best and most complete news coverage for all of Huerfano County,” Orr continued.  “We have 22 writers scattered from Gardner to La Veta to Walsenburg, covering topics they each feel passionately about.”

If people have questions or concerns, they can contact the World Journal at 738-1415, or write us at  All old World contact numbers are being forwarded to the World Journal office, located at 500 Main St. in Walsenburg.