Montana newspapers announce layoffs

Some news from my own backyard this morning. The Missoulian and Montana Standard, in Missoula and Butte respectively, announced layoffs this week.

The Missoulian laid off four employees and said that two other employees will lose their jobs in February. The Standard laid off two full-time and four part-time employees this week. Both papers are owned by Lee Enterprises.

In addition, the Missoulian, Montana Standard, Helena Independent Record, Billings Gazette and Casper, Wyo., Star Tribune will merge their customer service call centers at a single location in Billings to save costs.