Community papers change hands

Life on Capitol Hill Publisher Hilleary Waters (left) and Shanna Taylor, the publication's new owner. Photo by Aaron Kremer.

Life on Capitol Hill’s Hilleary Waters (left) recently sold the publication to Shanna Taylor. Photo by Aaron Kremer.

Two of Denver’s neighborhood newspapers have new owners.

The Washington Park Profile and Life on Capitol Hill were both sold in the last few months.

Hilleary Waters and her husband Rory Seeber sold Life on Capitol Hill after running it for 21 years. The paper delivers 21,000 copies monthly.

Waters and Seeber also sold Neighborhood Life, which started 14 years ago and covers the City Park West and Five Points area.

“It was time to hand it over to new energy,” Waters said. “We wanted to find the right person.”

The new owner, Shanna Taylor, was looking for a business to buy.

“This seemed like a natural fit,” said Taylor, who has previous experience in ad sales in her hometown of St. Louis.

Taylor said she wants to continue operating the paper in a similar manner and will bring her father-in-law on as editor once Seeber steps down.

“We want to stay true to what the paper is,” she said.

Jill Farschman

Jill Farschman

And across town, Paul Kashmann, the longtime publisher of the Washington Park Profile, sold the business to Jill Farschman after operating it for more than 30 years.

Kashmann is currently running for City Council for the 6th District.

“I’ve been a long-term resident in Platt Park and a longtime reader,” Farschman said. “The paper has a great quality and a great history, and I just knew at the same time that there is upside potential that I could leverage with my experience.”

The Profile prints 16,500 copies a month, and Farschman said she wants to make a bigger push online.

“I want to drive readership to both mediums,” she said.

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