Local TV news should return today on K27

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After a two-day absence, local news will return today on Craig's TV station, new owners say.

K27 did not broadcast local news Wednesday or Thursday because of a dispute between the station's staff and new owner Bill Engler.

Engler, who founded K27 in 1986, bought the station back from Jerry Thompson recently, according to a statement Engler issued Thursday.

K27 anchor Michael Phelps on Wednesday said he wasn't sure he had a job when Engler took over the station. Phelps declined to comment Thursday, referring questions to his new boss.

Engler, who lives in Castle Rock, traveled to Craig Thursday to meet with the staff and work out an agreement for continued local news coverage.

After meeting with the staff, Engler said both Phelps and news director Dan Olsen would continue working for K27.

When the station was for sale, there were rumblings that K27's local news coverage would stop if new owners took over.

All along, Engler and Thompson have said they wanted the station to continue broadcasting local news.

The station will keep the same format it has had in recent years -- local news and sports, as well as programming from the America 1 network.

Engler and his wife, Mary, in a written statement, said they planned to talk with staff and make improvements to the station.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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