McAllen's La Frontera newspaper closes

La Frontera, an award-winning Spanish-language newspaper serving southern Texas, has stopped publication.

Publisher M. Olaf Frandsen said economic conditions forced La Frontera to stop publishing as of Friday. La Frontera is a sister publication of The Monitor in McAllen, just north of the Texas-Mexico border.

La Frontera, founded in July 2004, and The Monitor are owned by Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom Communications Inc.

The company also owns the Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, The Brownsville Herald and El Nuevo Heraldo in Brownsville, the Mid-Valley Town Crier in Weslaco and Coastal Current and Island Breeze in South Padre Island.

La Frontera in April won Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards in features, sports writing and headline writing.

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