On the day that Digital First Media completed its purchase of Freedom Communications — parent company of the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise — a wave of layoffs hit the Register.

Rob Curley, editor of the paper, confirmed Thursday that it would be his last day. He was among 70-plus staff members who were being let go from the editorial, circulation, advertising and marketing departments, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity when discussing the Register.

Reflecting on what he called the joys of working at a newspaper, Curley said: “I like the fact that we … can be a strong reflection of our community. The Register has always been known for taking these big chances visually. It’s caring. It’s thorough.”

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