After no other bidders appeared before Judge Christopher M. Klein, the judge approved a prior bid submitted by Ralph Alldredge, publisher of the San Andreas-based Calaveras Enterprise, and associates.
The sale by members of the Matthews family will become final in the next several weeks when Klein, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California, issues a formal order of his decision. The sale is slated to include the Irrigator, the Tracy Press and the Scotts Valley Banner.
While the Press and the Banner have been under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since July 2010, Patterson Irrigator, LLC remains solvent. The Irrigator, which has been printed since Aug. 31, 1911, was acquired by Tracy Press, Inc. in May 2003. Robert Matthews serves as its publisher.