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Local art, entertainment magazine closes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Arts, entertainment and dining magazine Local iQ has closed after a run of eight years. The last issue came out on Dec. 26.

The free biweekly newspaper was founded in April 2006 by former Journal design director Francine Maher Hopper after the demise of another local alternative paper Crosswinds Weekly.

At the time Maher Hopper said the new publication would be aimed at people aged 25 years and older.

“We have really enjoyed publishing iQ (est. 2006), having the opportunity to tell the stories that we have been able to tell, and being involved with the business and arts community, readers and all of the wonderful people we have met along the journey. Our talented staff and contributors helped us publish a magazine that we have a great amount of pride in. We want to thank them,” Maher Hopper posted on the magazine’s Facebook page.

She said she and her husband Kevin Hopper will continue with their company Hoppervision LLC to produce the New Mexico Brew Fest every October.