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Located in the heart of the Peace Region, Fort St John is home to the Alaska Highway News, a rich source of local news and history for more than 70 years, with a proud claim to fame as the newspaper established by Ma Murray.
Fort St John was a boom-town from birth, and Margaret Lally "Ma" Murray and her husband, George, pioneered the Alaska Highway News to document its growth.
Ma was known for her backcountry knowledge, commitment to her community, outspoken opinions, and crass humour, frequently signing off her editorial with "And that's fer damshur!" Equipped with her characteristic charisma and courage, she ventured from her home in Kansas to Calgary, Alberta to rope herself a cowboy husband. En route, she stopped in Vancouver where she met and married George, an MLA and star in the BC Liberal Party at the time.
The couple played in politics for years until George was defeated, and it was time to move from the Lower Mainland to the North.
Ma and George founded a handful of publications through their lifetime, but Alaska Highway News was their most popular and successful, winning the couple acclaim and a proud place in Canada's history.
Today, Alaska Highway News' staff is dedicated to continuing Ma's tradition of covering local news relevant to the region. As Ma said, "We're the only newspaper in the world that gives a tinker's damn about the North Peace."
She was right - the Alaska Highway News' door-to-door distribution of up to 4,400 includes Fort St John, Cecil Lake, Goodlow, Charlie Lake, Montney, North Pine, Rose Prairie, Taylor, Hudson's Hope, Baldonnel, and Farmington.
The paper is published daily with local and regional content and fresh perspectives from our proud Fort St John residents and reporters, just as Ma Murray would have expected - and that's fer damshur!