Don't look for Helena's free weekly paper in the Capitol today.
As first reported by the Helena Independent-Record, and later confirmed by the Indy, the Queen City News has notified the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA) that its suspended publication. MNA Executive Director John Barrows declined to elaborate on the circumstances.
Queen City News took a scheduled holiday break, but did not publish issues on Jan. 5, Jan. 12 or today. The I-R reported that editor-publisher Cathy Siegner moved out of the paper's downtown offices, but would not comment on QCN's future.
“When I have something to say, I’ll say it,” she reportedly said.
The Indy left a message for Seigner on one of two numbers listed on the Queen City News website. The other number has been disconnected.
Siegner's weekly column, Helena Handbag, closely covered the Montana Legislature, making the timing of the development particularly unfortunate.
The Queen City News lists a circulation of approximately 8,500, making it the fourth largest weekly newspaper in the state.