Owner: Alaska Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of Calista Corp.
Effective: Aug. 31, 2011
Six weekly papers will close: Tundra Drums, Arctic Sounder, Bristol Bay Times, Cordova Times, Dutch Harbor Fisherman and Seward Phoenix Log. Calista Corp. had tried to sell the papers; the corporation has announced its newspaper assets will be liquidated. “ANI leaves behind an impressive legacy,” said Andrew Guy, president and chief executive officer of Calista. “We’re very appreciative of the superb staff and extraordinary talent that have worked so hard to report on rural Alaska. We genuinely hope the communities affected by this will find a new media voice to tell their stories.”
Sources: Alaska Dispatch; Alaska News
Update: The Cordova Times was bought by Aug. 2 by Jennifer Gibbins, the paper’s editor. The Arctic Sounder, Bristol Bay Times and Dutch Harbor Fisherman were bought Aug. 5 by Jason Evans and Kiana Peacock. Buyers have not been found for the Tundra Drums and Seward Phoenix Log and bimonthly magazine First Alaskans; they are still slated to close. (08.17.11)
Source: The News Tribune
Update: The Tundra Drums and Seward Phoenix Log were bought by Eric Blanchford, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage who previously owned the Seward Phoenix Log. (08.19.11)
Source: Alaska Native News