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Garfield County Jail bans Aspen, Glenwood newspapers: Only alternative to USA Today is toilet paper

A couple of years back, media pundits theorized that newspapers in smaller communities would remain healthy longer than those in major metro areas -- but times have proven just as tough for the little guys as the big ones. Example: The

Aspen Times

and the

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

have just announced a consolidation plan calling for

a single person to manage both papers

.

Maybe such a move wouldn't have been necessary if their readers had included prisoners at the Garfield County Jail. But no: According to the Aspen Daily News, the jail's overseer has banned all local newspapers, allowing inmates to see only USA Today. The rationale? He thinks preventing local news from spreading increases safety.

Not for local newspapers, it doesn't.

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