Cordova Times to close, Valdez Star and Turnagain Times to look for new printers

by Tony Gorman

The Prince William Sound's oldest newspaper, The Cordova Times, is printing its last edition next month.

Last week, the Calista Corporation announced it is closing its newspaper chain, Alaska Newspapers, Inc. due to a lack of revenue.  The subsidiary includes the 97 year-old Times, The Tundra Drums in Bethel, The Arctic Sounder in Northern Alaska, The Seward Phoenix LOG, and The Dutch Harbor Fisherman.  The closure will affect 38 employees including 3 part-time employees.   

There is no date set for the last publications, but it's expected to be sometime in August.  The Cordova Times would not comment on the situation at this time.

As KCHU's Tony Gorman reports, the closure also means other rural Alaska papers will have to go elsewhere for their printing needs. 

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