Alaska Highway News
|Headquarters||9916 98th Street,
Fort St. John, British Columbia V1J 3T8, Canada
Alaska Highway News is a daily newspaper serving the Fort St. John and the North Peace River region of northeastern British Columbia, Canada. The paper was founded in the 1940s by Margaret Lally "Ma" Murray, and has been owned since 2006 by Glacier Media.
Ma Murray, a Kansas native and wife of British Columbia politician and publisher George Matheson Murray, had already made a reputation as the firebrand editor of the Bridge River-Lillooet News in Lillooet, British Columbia, among other publications, when the Murrays came to see the Alaska Highway for themselves in 1940. They decided that Fort St. John, then a boomtown populated mostly by United States Army soldiers, was a good place to start a newspaper, and the weekly Alaska Highway News was born.
Murray became the "best-known, best-loved and also most cordially disliked person in Fort St. John" for her folksy and outspoken editorials, including attacks on the local power and telephone companies, and her solution to a town water shortage:
"There has been a terrible waste of water in this small town. ... We sure as hell need to use less if we are going to have this modern convenience. To head off this catastrophe, only flush for No. 2, curtail bathing to the Saturday night tub, go back to the old washrag which could always remove a lot of B.O. if applied often enough. ..."
She frequently ended her editorials "... and that's fer damshur!". Ma Murray also coined the Alaska Highway News ' motto: "We're the only newspaper in the world that gives a tinker's damn about the North Peace."
By the turn of the 21st century, the paper had converted to a daily and ownership had passed to Hollinger Inc., the media empire of Conrad Black. Along with several other small British Columbia dailies, the Alaska Highway News was one of the last Hollinger properties to be sold, to Vancouver-based Glacier Ventures International, later called Glacier Media, in 2006. In 2013, the paper merged with another Glacier Media Group outlet, The Dawson Creek Daily News. The paper now serves both the Fort St. John and Dawosn Creek areas, as well as surrounding areas, including Fort Nelson.
- Undated self-reported circulation in "Alaska Highway News". www.GlacierMedia.ca. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
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