Calista sells Tundra Drums and Seward Phoenix Log

August 17, 2011 

An Alaska Native corporation says it has sold the last two of six weekly newspapers it is liquidating. Calista Corp. said Wednesday it is selling The Tundra Drums and the Seward Phoenix Log to Edgar Blatchford, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Sales of four other Alaska Newspapers Inc. weeklies were previously announced. Calista announced last month it was closing the chain of six weeklies that serve rural and largely Alaska Native communities.

Calista spokesman Thom Leonard notes Blatchford has a direct connection to ANI. He assumed ownership of the Seward paper in 1984 after the then-owners decided to sell. In 1989, Calista and Blatchford founded ANI.

Earlier this month, Calista said it was selling The Arctic Sounder, The Dutch Harbor Fisherman and the Bristol Bay Times to Jason Evans and Kiana Peacock. That sale included two shoppers.

The corporation sold The Cordova Times to its current editor, Jennifer Gibbins.

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