Man Saves California’s Oldest Weekly Newspaper from Closure

Known locally as the “Mountain Mess,” the paper covers school board meetings, federal land use and other issues.

  • Published 8 January 2020

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DOWNIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A retiree has canceled an around-the-world trip to save California’s oldest weekly newspaper, which was set to shut down when its editor retires this month. The paper began in 1853 as a twice-per-month publication; its claim to fame is that Mark Twain once wrote there under his real name, Sam Clemens. He was there hiding out from authorities in Nevada, where he had accepted a challenge to a duel after dueling… Read at AP News