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Online Bear Lake newspaper losing founder Bobbie Coray

The Herald Journal

Bobbie Coray describes the online news site she’s managed for the Bear Lake area the past nine years as “citizen journalism,” but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t played a role very similar to a traditional news provider.

“It isn’t a newsletter, and it isn’t really a newspaper. What do you call this thing?” she wondered aloud on Monday after announcing she’s turning over the reins of the Rich Civic Times to a new editor this month. “This has been an entirely volunteer effort. No one was ever paid.”


Coray started The Rich Civic Times in 2012 after the closure of The Rich County Times, a traditional print newspaper that she had done government reporting for for about four years after she and her husband, Chris, retired and moved to Garden City from Cache Valley in the early 2000s. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.