The new deal meant the Sun would become a morning publication, but with a twist: as a broadsheet section inserted inside the R-J for distribution.
The R-J has the right to put advertising in the Sun, and the latter has the right to reject it within certain terms.
"At this point we are not selling ads in the Sun," says Sherman Frederick, publisher of the R-J and chief executive of Stephens Media.
The R-J pays the Las Vegas Sun a fee that slides depending on how well the R-J does.
The R-J is known as a conservative news- paper: It was one of the few major metros to endorse John McCain for President, while the Sun backed Barack Obama.
By 1950, Hank had acquired the Sun, which was started a year earlier when printing union members of the R-J were locked out.
Frederick, meanwhile, says that the R-J is doing fine financially even though he wouldn't put a number to it, citing that the company is private.
But Geoff Schumacher, the Mercury's editor and publisher, says the paper won't shy away from casting a critical eye on the R-J if necessary.
Tangling the web further, the R-J and the Sun signed a joint operating agreement in 1989.
Hausch said she has been unable to reach a satisfactory financial settelement with the R-J and will take her complaint to court if the NERC does not resolve the issue.
R-J publisher David Osborn refused to comment on the case to E&P, saying it was a "personnel matter."