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Composite Image: E. Wilde Cover page of the first Issue published back in 1993.

Red River Miner Says Farewell


Shepherd Studio, doing business in Red River, New Mexico since 1989, regrets to announce that we are ceasing publication of the Red River Miner, the town’s weekly newspaper for the past 29 years. The last print edition of the Red River Miner was on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

We will continue publishing the Summer/Fall and Winter editions of the popular Red River magazines, as well as possibly doing some event-related booklets. We will also maintain a social media presence for the Miner to continue putting out news items of interest there. There are other projects under consideration, too.

Thank you all, it’s been a good long run!

—Fritz Davis, Editor and Kerry Shepherd, Publisher

The Miner has had an online presence since 2001 and will retain its website with occasional articles or items of interest and access to the archives for our past subscribers, but there will be no new online version of the newspaper itself, which has always been a free download. Please do not subscribe now unless you’re only interested in the archives and videos available there.

As co-founders of the Miner, which debuted on May 20, 1993, we wish to thank all those businesses and individuals who have supported our publication these many years with their advertising, encouragement, and friendship, as well as our many subscribers and readers throughout the country and beyond.

A special “thank you” is also in order to the long list of contributing writers whose words of wisdom and humor have enriched our pages for the past 29 years, delighting thousands of readers, many of whom have expressed appreciation for their informative and entertaining columns.

The decision to discontinue the Miner has not been a hasty one. While the pandemic-related rise of printing costs is the driving force behind stopping publication, it is only one factor in the decision-making process.

We had hoped to go 30 years, but after 29 years of deadlines to meet, 52 weeks a year, it’s time to look at the road not taken.