JUNEAU — The Capital City Weekly is on the move as staff in the historic downtown Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. building head to a new location on the second floor of the Juneau Empire building. The move will happen on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Publisher Rustan Burton said it’s a good business move for the free weekly publication, which is currently operating in a space too large for the paper, and this new location is one that will enable the CCW to obtain the support needed to grow with the times.
“We believe the CCW can be a much bigger player in the Southeast region, but to do that we need to be able to take a hands-on approach,” Burton said.
The CCW is a sister publication to the Juneau Empire and much of the support staff already operates out of the Juneau Empire offices on Channel Drive.
“It doesn’t make business sense to be operating in two locations,” Burton said. “The decision to move the weekly will also make it easier for our resources in house to communicate and better the product, which in turn means good things for the community.”
Besides the move, no other changes are planned for the publication which includes everything from feature content, tidbits of news and the voices of columnists from all over the Southeast region to advertising. The CCW is also known for its regular “Sidewalk Poll,” featuring local voices, and its “Fun Page,” which Managing Editor Sarah Day said is one of the most popular pieces of content.
“We want to maintain the identity of the paper and continue to cater to that readership,” Burton said.
For many years, the CCW has been printed at Juneau’s daily newspaper, the Juneau Empire. The parent company of the Empire, Morris Communications, bought the weekly in 2004 from Renda Heimbigner who worked at the weekly before later purchasing the business.
As for the space that will open up once CCW staff make the move, Burton said it will become available for lease.
“That space will become an additional source of income,” he said. “It’s a beautiful, downtown location.”
One that is even on the National Registry of Historic Places. According to the registry, the Alaska Electric Light and Power Building was constructed in 1936 in Art Deco architectural style. Today, the building still stands on the original concrete block foundation and features a full basement. Most of the original transom windows above the sidewalk canopy remain, as does the original canopy. Current tenants include Foggy Mountain Shop and ConocoPhillips Alaska.
The CCW is a free publication, which hits newsstands each week on Wednesdays, with a circulation of 10,000 to 12,000, depending on the season. The publication is distributed to many communities in Southeast Alaska from Petersburg to Skagway. The first issue of the Capital City Weekly was 12 pages and published on Oct. 8, 1980 under the name of “Thrifty Nickel” as an advertising only publication. The first offices were located at 326 Fourth Street in Juneau.