Susan Elizabeth Shephard

Former Indy Staffers Top row (L to R): Charley Macorn, Devon Wade, Susan Shepard,  Erika Fredrickson, Brad Tyer, Derek Brouwer,  Bottom Row (L to R): Alex Sakariassen, Ariel LaVenture, Kou Moua,
Nick Mott

Former staffers of the recently shuttered Missoula Independent announced Thursday that they’re taking steps to create a new outlet for local journalism.

Last month, about a year and a half after buying the Independent, Iowa-based Lee Enterprises shut it down. In more than 25 years the alternative weekly found its way to about 500 distribution locations in the Missoula area.