“The Indian tribe that owns Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort has entered the newspaper business, buying the main paper in Amador County in a move that strengthens the tribe’s influence in the largely rural community while diversifying its own economic base.
“The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians said Monday it purchased the 161-year-old Amador Ledger Dispatch and will fold the paper’s operations into the Acorn News, a competing newspaper the tribe created several weeks ago. The tribe paid $1 million for the subscriber base and other assets of the paper, said Rich Hoffman, chief executive of the tribe and general manager of the popular casino.
“Buying the Ledger Dispatch caps several months of turmoil and community intrigue surrounding the Ledger Dispatch.
“The once-a-week paper was purchased in 2013 by Tami Tran, a Bay Area media investor. Hoffman said much of the staff left the paper recently, including its longtime publisher, Jack Mitchell. Mitchell and the other staffers then went to work for the Jackson Rancheria tribe, launching the Acorn News.”
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