like there was enough public outcry in Kodiak that the Anchorage Daily News has
reversed its decision to stop shipping its paper here on a daily basis. But
keeping the service will come at a small cost.
December, Roger Weinfurter, the circulation director for the Daily News,
announced that Alaska's largest paper would suspend shipment to rural Alaska
after December 28th because of increasing costs. He said it costs
$25,000 a month to air freight the paper every day.
other option would have been to subscribe by mail, which would cost between
$500 for fourth-class mail and $2,000 for first class mail.
Delivery times would be between one day and two weeks after publication.
28th came and went, and the Daily News was still available at
grocery stores and coin-operated boxes in Kodiak, one of the larger communities
that was slated to lose service.
A note from
the Daily News taped to the news stand in the Safeway Liquor Store downtown
thanked the people of Kodiak for contacting the paper and telling them how
important the paper was to them.
for the paper is going up, though. The Monday-through-Saturday edition increase
by a quarter, to a $1.25, while the Sunday paper will be priced at
There is no
word on if other rural communities in Alaska will get such a reprieve. The
Daily News planned to suspend service to all locations served by air except for
Fairbanks, Valdez and Juneau. Remote areas on the mainland road system, such as
Homer, would still receive the paper because of lower trucking prices.