The end of one Star sparks the birth of another

The Whitehorse Star office and press on 2nd Avenue in downtown Whitehorse (Photo: S. Bonell)

Legacy newspaper Whitehorse Star to publish its last edition while the Yukon Star ramps up for its first.

After 124 years, a staple publication in the Yukon is saying goodbye.

In an article published in its April 5 edition, the Whitehorse Star announced that it would stop publication and operations. According to that article, the newspaper had been working with a group of local residents looking to buy the business for several weeks, but could not come to an agreement.

The announcement sparked a fundraising campaign to save the Whitehorse Star. However, when the owners of the newspaper announced that they had no intention of reviving the publication and asked that their decision be respected, campaign organizer Max Fraser decided to begin publishing an entirely different paper called the Yukon Star.

In a media release earlier this week, Fraser said that the Yukon Star would bring five staff from the Whitehorse Star, as well as hiring new staff. Fraser says that the Yukon Star will carry on the tradition of the Whitehorse Star as an independent, locally owned newspaper.

The Yukon Star will publish online daily starting May 22 and print weekly, with its first edition expected May 31.

As for the Whitehorse Star, the legacy publication’s final edition will be published on Friday, May 17, featuring highlights from 124 years of publications, tributes to its staff, and submissions from past editors.

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