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Kramer publications buying Payson Roundup

Staff Reports – Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, Inc.

PAYSON — WorldWest Limited Liability Company, owner of the Payson Roundup, has reached an agreement to sell the newspaper to White Mountain Publishing LLC, a division of Kramer Publications based in Show Low, both companies announced Friday.

Brian Kramer, publisher of the White Mountain Independent, will assume that title for the Roundup while spending most of his time in Show Low. The Roundup’s staff will continue producing the newspaper twice a week, with continuing updates at www.payson.com.

White Mountain Publishing is the owner of the twice-weekly White Mountain Independent in Show Low and the surrounding area. It is a subsidiary of Kramer Publications, which also owns and operates newspapers in Casa Grande, Florence, Coolidge, Eloy, Arizona City and Maricopa. Kramer Publications was started in 1962 by the late Donovan M. Kramer Sr. and his wife, Ruth Kramer. Ruth Kramer is the company’s president. Other owners of White Mountain Publishing LLC are Diana Kramer of Mercer Island, Washington, and Donovan Kramer Jr. and Kara K. Cooper of Casa Grande.

“Our family has been active in the newspaper publishing business for four generations and to have the opportunity to add the Payson Roundup to our newspaper properties is a dream come true,” Ruth Kramer said. “We plan to have an active family presence just like we do in the White Mountains and the Casa Grande Valley. We are proud of the accomplishments the Payson staff has been able to achieve as repeated Newspaper of the Year recipients, chosen by the state newspaper association. Our goal is to not disturb the many qualities the Roundup offers its readers, but add to services where we can.”

WorldWest purchased the Roundup in 1994. Since then, the newspaper has been recognized as Non-daily Newspaper of the Year more than a dozen times by the Arizona Newspapers Association. The Roundup was also honored as the best non-daily newspaper at the national level by the Inland Press Association and Local Media Association. The owners of WorldWest are Dolph C. Simons III, Dan C. Simons, Linda deMenocal and Pamela Simons. Dolph C. Simons III and Dan C. Simons are co-managers.

“The Simons family has sincere admiration and appreciation for our colleagues at the Payson Roundup and we will miss this association,” said Dolph C. Simons III. “They have consistently published respected, insightful and award-winning journalism products. I envision the same occurring under the Kramers’ leadership. They will be a perfect fit for Payson and surrounding communities.”

Separately, WorldWest will sell its Colorado media properties, Steamboat Pilot & Today and Craig Daily Press, to Nevada-based Swift Communications. The Simons family also announced the pending sale of the media operations of The World Company, based in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Payson sale, for an undisclosed price, is expected to close at the end of June. Printing of the Roundup soon will move from Payson to the Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. plant in Casa Grande.