The Missoulian whines about losing county legal notices to the Missoula Independent (h/t Matt Singer. As you may recall, the Outpost lost out on Yellowstone County legals last year, despite submitting the low bid, based on similar concerns raised by Yellowstone County commissioners.
Our argument remains:
1. People who read legals will go where the legals are.
2. No. 1 is especially true when they can go where the legals are for free.
3. Lots of people read the Outpost who will never shell out for a Gazette subscription. And those numbers are increasing steadily.
4. As more and more legals readers migrate to the web, whatever edge the daily might have continues to diminish.
5. Competition holds costs down.
So why not save taxpayers a few bucks?
UPDATE: In comments to this post, I said that I didn't know the status of a bill this session that would allow free newspapers to print legal notices for cities and towns as well as for counties. According to the Montana Newspaper Association, that bill (SB296) has been sent to the governor for his signature.