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Dec 26, 2011 5:08 PM by Courtney Meznarich

KPMR supporters say investor proposals to save newscast declined

Last minute efforts to save one of the Central Coast's most widely watched Spanish-language newscasts have been unsuccessful, according to the Latino Democratic Caucus of Santa Barbara County.

The group organized a massive effort to save KPMR's newscast, which goes off-air December 30. It garnered support from dozens of public officials. Even Congresswoman Lois Capps sent a letter to the station owner, Entravision, urging it reconsider its decision.

Entravision says budget cuts are to blame, but according to the Latino Democratic Caucus, private investor offers have been declined.

In a letter released Monday, the group said "It is with great regret that (we) inform the community that Entravision, on a brief telephone conversation... Declined to entertain either of the two investment proposals made in order to save (the newscast) or to engage in any further conversations with this purpose."

KPMR will continue to operate. Only the newscast will go off-air Friday. KMPR or its parent company, Entravision, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Supporters say they have run out of time to save the newscast. The Latino Democratic Caucus of Santa Barbara County says it hopes to come up with other avenues at a later time to reinstate KPMR's newscast.

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