Grounded Flights Causing Headaches for Newspaper

Jacob Resneck/KMXT

The Kodiak Daily Mirror is being temporarily printed in Fairbanks but the arrangement is running into kinks. A mechanical issue that grounded a cargo plane Tuesday morning meant that the more than 1,800 issues didn’t leave the ground in time.

Automatic calls to subscribers are going out this afternoon to alert them to the situation, says Daily Mirror Publisher Richard Harris.

"We’re working really hard," he said. "There’s really only two reasons that they shouldn’t be here on time and that’s weather, and now mechanical reasons."

Bad weather last week grounded a plane in Anchorage and prevented the paper to arrive in Kodiak on time. Subscribers received both Wednesday and Thursday editions bundled together. Barring more bad weather or another mechanical failure, subscribers should receive two papers Wednesday, Harris added.

The Daily Mirror is ordinarily printed in Kodiak but its pressman left December 24th to take a printing job out-of-state. Harris said the process to find a new pressman is "well on its way" and he expects to get a replacement hired soon to resume local production.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror’s editorial staff completes each issue earlier than usual, sending each page electronically to Fairbanks where it rolls off the presses at about 1:30 a.m.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror is owned by Denver-based publishing magnate Dean Singleton, whose MediaNews Group is the second largest newspaper chain in the United States. Its holdings include the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner which will continue printing the Daily Mirror five days a week until a new pressman is recruited.

It’s not the first time the Mirror has been published off-island. The News-Miner has published the Daily Mirror in the past when Kodiak’s newspaper has had press or pressman troubles.

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