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About Us

Ballantine Communications

Ballantine Communications is the largest independently owned media agency on the Western Slope of Colorado. We are committed to informing our audiences and clients to improve lives and help businesses grow.

Our ambition is to exceed the limits of innovation in news and entertainment media products and services. We strive to lead the digital revolution as a service provider of quality content, timely deliverables, and the business strategies that empower a local community.

Our Mission Statement

"We serve our communities by providing relevant information, building knowledge, and supporting economic vitality."

Our History

Since 1952 when Arthur and Morley began operating what is now the Durango Herald, Ballantine has had a significant impact on the community. Over the years, we’ve expanded to include several ventures such as The Journal, Four Corners Expos, BCI Media, and DGO Magazine.


Tri City Record launched a Farmington, New Mexico weekly newspaper. The print publication is distributed Monday through Friday and the news site is updated daily. It serves the communities of San Juan County.


Began to create, deliver and measure mobile advertising. DGO Magazine was founded, now focused on the weed lifestyle in the Four Corners region.


BCI Media Services was founded as a full-service marketing agency, with a focus on digital solutions.


Renamed Ballantine Communications, Inc. as a result of entering into the digital media marketplace.


Four Corners Expos was founded with the purchase of the Durango Home & Ranch Show.


The Herald was awarded the Sigma Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists, after extensive coverage of the Missionary Ridge Fire.

1999/ 2000

Purchased the Montezuma Valley Journal, the Cortez Sentinel and the Dolores Star (now The Journal, distributed in Cortez, Dolores and Mancos).


The Durango Herald was launched online.


Began publishing local phone books in Southwestern Colorado and throughout New Mexico.


Arthur and Morley Ballantine purchased and began operating the newspaper, now named The Durango Herald.