SILVER CITY, N.M. -

After nearly 79 years in business, the family-owned Silver City Daily Press says it is publishing its final edition on Monday.

Publisher Tina Ely made the announcement with a posting on the newspaper's website.

In a telephone interview, the tearful Ely says it was a decision many years in the making as ad revenues fell and two papers struggled to compete for those dollars.

The Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership publishes the Silver City Sun-News.

Ely says 17 workers will lose their jobs.

Founded in 1896 as the weekly Silver City Independent, the paper was purchased by Col. Clyde Ely in 1934 and converted to the Silver City Daily Press in June 1935. Tina Ely is the third generation publisher.