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From The Gannett Blog

Last Friday, Gannett newspaper division chief Bob Dickey (left) traveled to Arizona to deliver bad news to dozens of employees. Citing the “difficult economy,” he said the nation’s No. 1 newspaper publisher planned to shutter the Tucson Citizen, the state’s oldest continuously published daily, unless a new owner is found by late March.

Now here’s the money shot.

I will now tell you how one of Gannett’s highest-paid executives — and one of its most enthusiastic golfers — is sharing that hardship.

Dickey is in Palm Springs, the Southern California winter resort where the company is spending a bundle this week on one of pro golf’s biggest corporate schmooze-fests: the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic pro-am tournament, starting tomorrow. With much of the nation shivering, this desert oasis made famous by Hollywood royalty is looking forward to mid-70s temperatures today.

In fact, Dickey is competing in the event as an amateur, something he’s done for years. Amateurs pay one of two entry fees — $12,000 or $25,000 — to play with a PGA professional and two other amateurs, according to Dawn Suggs, the event’s administration director.

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