Death of a Weekly 

La Prensa Libre esta muerta.

The short-lived Spanish language newspaper shut its doors with little fanfare last fall, after roughly a year of publication.

Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez called for the public to boycott La Prensa's parent publication, the Idaho Press-Tribune, when the paper was launched, after accusing it of promoting illegal immigration. In the end, it came down to money.

"It was all financial," said Rick Weaver, publisher and president of the Press-Tribune. "The company had invested quite a bit of money, but it got to the point where it was never going to pay for itself."

The weekly La Prensa was a free paper that depended completely on advertising revenue, but Weaver said that revenue never came close to corporate expectations.

"We lost money every month," he said, adding that the company invested more than $100,000 into the fledgling paper.

"We just figured we needed to cut our losses," Weaver said.

La Prensa shut its doors last October, laying off three full-time staff members in the process.

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