About us Alaska Highway News
The Alaska Highway News is an exciting, fast-paced, energetic weekly newspaper covering news, sports and local events. Proudly serving Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and surrounding communities. Alaska Highway News brings the most up-to-date information and delivers it to your door.
The Alaska Highway begins its journey in Dawson Creek and expands well past Fort Nelson. Therefore, it makes sense that the Alaska Highway News serves all areas from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson and all surrounding areas.
On February 3, 2014 the Alaska Highway News expanded to include Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and all surrounding areas. In order to provide more relevant, compelling and unique local content to our audiences throughout the North the Alaska Highway News offices in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek brought all of our resources together to publish one great daily newspaper.
The relatively close geographical proximity of the communities and the increased need to provide our readers and advertisers with expanded coverage within the North made our decision an easy one.
The Alaska Highway News took a number of issues into careful consideration with this decision and felt that the change was a logical step to providing not only our readers but also our advertisers with improved content, coverage and circulation.
The Alaska Highway News also proudly publishes the Dawson Creek Mirror, The Fort St. John Northerner, The Northern Horizon and the Pipeline News North as well as several feature publications including the Seniors' Insight, The Angler's Atlas fishing magazine for the Peace Region, the Pipeline News North's Oilfield Map, and the Today's Drive – new vehicle preview magazine.
Located in the heart of the Peace Region, Fort St John has been home to the Alaska Highway News, a rich source of local news and history for more than 70 years, with a proud claim to fame as the newspaper established by Ma Murray.
Fort St John was a boom-town from birth, and Margaret Lally "Ma" Murray and her husband, George, pioneered the Alaska Highway News to document its growth.
Ma was known for her backcountry knowledge, commitment to her community, outspoken opinions, and crass humour, frequently signing off her editorial with "And that's fer damshur!"
Equipped with her characteristic charisma and courage, she ventured from her home in Kansas to Calgary, Alberta to rope herself a cowboy husband. En route, she stopped in Vancouver where she met and married George, an MLA and star in the BC Liberal Party at the time.
The couple played in politics for years until George was defeated, and it was time to move from the Lower Mainland to the North.
Ma and George founded a handful of publications through their lifetime, but Alaska Highway News was their most popular and successful, winning the couple acclaim and a proud place in Canada's history.
Today, Alaska Highway News' staff is dedicated to continuing Ma's tradition of covering local news relevant to the region. As Ma said, "We're the only newspaper in the world that gives a tinker's damn about the North Peace."
She was right – the Alaska Highway News' door-to-door distribution of up to 9,000 includes Dawson Creek, Fort St John, Fort Nelson, Pouce Coupe, Cecil Lake, Goodlow, Charlie Lake, Montney, North Pine, Rose Prairie, Taylor, Hudson's Hope, Baldonnel, Farmington, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge.
The paper is published daily Monday to Friday with local, regional content and fresh perspectives from our proud residents and reporters. That’s how Ma Murray would have expected - and that's fer damshur!
The former Dawson Creek Daily News (formerly the Peace River Block News) served Dawson Creek and area since 1930; delivering a complete synopsis of the day's news, sports and community happenings with a selection of regional, national, and international news.
The Alaska Highway News is available at our offices and at a majority of our retail outlets, pick one up today to find out what’s happening in our communities.