Bingo Goes North 

Bingo Barnes, former editor of the Boise Weekly, is headed to the wild north.

Barnes, 39, was just named publisher of the Anchorage Press in Alaska's largest city.

"It's a good paper, and there is room for improvement," Barnes said.

The move to Alaska will close a brief but dynamic chapter in Boise media history. Barnes, together with

BW

publisher Sally Freeman, purchased

Boise Weekly

from City of Roses publishing company in 2001. The two have since divorced, and Freeman has taken over ownership of

BW

.

Barnes will start almost immediately in Anchorage, helming a paper that distributes more than 20,000 free copies around Anchorage every Thursday. The

Anchorage Press

is owned by Arizona-based Wick Communications, which purchased the paper last year.

As a newcomer, Barnes said he has a lot to learn. He made his first trip to Alaska last week, to meet the paper's staff and look around.

"It's a community paper," Barnes said. "You don't try to change that too fast. You want to enhance what they have."

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, with a population of over 270,000.

One thing will feel familiar: Barnes will be running an alternative weekly newspaper in the same town as a daily newspaper run by McClatchy Corporation. The

Anchorage Daily News

is the state's largest paper.
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