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Skagway News has new publishers – from Chugiak

Gretchen Wehmhoff, pictured above, and Melinda Munson of Chugiak were selected by Larry Persily to be the new publishers of the Skagway News. At least one is a familiar face in Southcentral Alaska politics.

Persily is essentially giving the newspaper away after advertising that he would offer it to the “right person.” In this case persons. He was looking for someone who could keep the newspaper alive during this time of dwindling community newspapers. Persily is selling it to the two women for $20.

Wehmhoff and Munson are teachers, but Wehmhoff ran for office as a Democrat in a decidedly Republican District 12.  

She ran in 2014 against Rep. Cathy Tilton, and again in 2016. She also ran for Anchorage Assembly in 2017, 2018, and filed a letter of intent to run in 2019.

In 2018, Anchorage Assembly chose Wehmhoff, a liberal, to fill conservative Amy Demboski’s seat, which Demboski vacated when she took a job with the governor.

Wehmhoff is currently registered as a nonpartisan, while Munson is a Democrat. Wehmhoff teaches journalism, while Munson has a journalism degree.

And perhaps not surprisingly, both of the new publishers of the Skagway News have signed the “Recall Dunleavy” petition. They take up the reins at the Skagway News on March 3.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Not that there’s anything wrong with that but are they a couple?

  • Hopefully moving there is part of the closing conditions.

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