Bristol Bay Times, Dutch Harbor Fisherman to begin production in February
A combined publication of The Bristol Bay Times / Dutch Harbor Fisherman will be on the shelves of the region starting in February.
Jason Evans, co-publisher with wife, Kiana Peacock, said he is excited to re-launch the paper and provide news to the communities served by the papers.
“We are happy to bring these publication back to these important regions of our state,” said Evans.
Alaska Media LLC bought The Bristol Bay Times, The Dutch Harbor Fisherman and the Arctic Sounder in August from Calista Corporation’s Alaska Newspapers, Inc., which was shutting down six papers across the state. In addition, Alaska Media purchased two shoppers.
Evans and Peacock started the Arctic Sounder back into production in September, and have been refining the process of running a rural newspaper in Alaska since. Now the news and advertising team is ready to take a second publication covering the Bristol Bay and Dutch Harbor regions.
Editor Carey Restino, who has been covering news in Southcentral Alaska for 15 years, said she is enthusiastic to learn more about the issues facing this region.
“There are so many interesting issues to consider in this area, from the fishing industry to Pebble to the many unique rural communities the paper covers,” Restino said. “It’s going to be a steep learning curve but if my experience with the Arctic Sounder is any indication, it will be an exciting adventure.”
Restino said she looks forward to working with people in the communities covered by the Bay Times / Dutch Harbor Fisherman to find great stories and photos. As with the Arctic Sounder, the paper welcomes and counts on local submissions to round out the coverage by the paper’s reporters.
“We really depend on community involvement to make it work,” Restino said. “This is your community’s paper, and we want to tell your stories.”
The paper will start production Feb. 2.