The Latest: Alaska newspaper publisher responds to lawsuit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on lawsuit filed against Alaska newspaper (all times local):

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4:40 p.m.

The publisher of Alaska's largest newspaper is responding to a lawsuit filed over alleged unpaid rent and other fees.

Anchorage television station KTUU reported Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff issued a statement Friday afternoon.

The civil suit filed Friday in Anchorage by Alaska cable company GCI alleges it is owed nearly $1.4 million in unpaid rent and other fees on the paper's former headquarters, which still houses the printing press.

In her statement, Rogoff says that GCI's legal action is "extremely unfortunate" and events leading to that point have been "extremely complex." Rogoff says there was never any bad faith on the part of the newspaper, adding that the goal has always been to keep the newspaper alive and "robust for the sake of our readers and the community."

She adds, "Our goal remains unchanged and we are in active discussions toward that end. Until the discussions are concluded, we are unable to provide any details."

In 2014, Rogoff backed a news website to compete with the Anchorage Daily News before buying the newspaper for $34 million in 2014. She renamed the print publication the Alaska Dispatch News.

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2 p.m.

The publisher of Alaska's largest newspaper is being sued over nearly $1.4 million in unpaid rent and other fees on the paper's former headquarters, which still houses the printing press.

The civil suit filed Friday in Anchorage by Alaska cable company GCI is the latest legal battle for Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff, wife of billionaire financier David Rubenstein. Rogoff backed a news website to compete with the Anchorage Daily News before buying the newspaper for $34 million in 2014. She renamed the print publication the Alaska Dispatch News.

GCI purchased the newspaper's former building around the same time and the newspaper moved to another Anchorage location.

Rogoff didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

GCI seeks more than $1 million in damages and eviction of the printing equipment.

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