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Alaska Highway News returns to weekly publication schedule; Mirror to broaden editorial coverage

The Alaska Highway News is returning to its roots as a weekly community newspaper effective March 31 of this year.
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The Alaska Highway News is returning to its roots as a weekly community newspaper effective March 31 of this year.

The paper, which was founded as a weekly by George and Margaret “Ma” Murray in 1943, will become a free distribution paper serving Fort St. John and area every Thursday, while the Dawson Creek Mirror will broaden its community coverage using the current Dawson Creek-based editorial staff.

All editorial staff at the paper’s current offices in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John will be retained as part of the changes and will continue to provide daily news coverage online at www.alaskahighwaynews.ca. A new website for the Dawson Creek Mirror will be launched in the coming weeks.

These changes will result in the closure of the AHN printing operations in Dawson Creek. Glacier Media, owner of the AHN, have given 60 days’ notice of this change to the union representing the affected workers as required by the BC Labour Code and will be negotiating with them shortly.

“The changes we are making are designed to ensure the Alaska Highway News and the Mirror’s continued viability for many years to come,” said Publisher William Julian.

“I want to thank all of our departing staff, particularly our pressmen, for their hard work and efforts over the years,” Julian said. “The Alaska Highway News has changed many times over its 70-plus years of business. This is part of that necessary change to keep our newspapers sustainable in order to service our communities, our readers and our advertisers.”