KPress, March 13, 2017 issue never arrives

27 March 2017 - Bill Jaynes

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the printed issued of the March 13 issue of The Kaselehlie Press never arrived in Pohnpei. It wasn’t because we didn’t get it out to our printer on time. We did. They also shipped it on time. But it just ended up sitting at the airport in Guam until it was just about as spoiled as a container of fish sitting in the sun.
United Airlines has carried the newspaper to Pohnpei late before, but this is the first time we have had to trash a newspaper due to non-arrival.
As a result, we have expanded the current issue to 24 pages from our usual sixteen in order to accommodate new content. We have also chosen to re-publish items that were to have appeared in the print version of the newspaper on March 13 even though some of the content is already online. Some items were updated to include more recent information.


Some items have been pulled. For instance, it now makes no sense to publish the results of the Congressional elections since those results have since been well publicized and are common knowledge. Those certified election results arrived from the National Election office just a few hours before we went to print on March 10. On that evening I had to hurriedly re-write the article I’d written the night before from inconclusive election results, but I was excited to have received them in a certified form so I got it done before we sent the newspaper to the printer on that evening. But that article has already been republished by others from the PDF version that we sent to our subscribers by email on March 13, our publication date.
After many hours of pursuing the whereabouts of the newspaper after it didn’t arrive day after day, we learned that it was still sitting at the airport, awaiting shipment on the morning of March 22. It meant that the earliest it could possibly arrive was Friday March 24.
We cancelled the shipment and called it a total loss of product that had been allowed to spoil while waiting for air transportation.
Our printer pursued the matter with United Cargo and learned that one of the Asia Pacific Airlines (APA) planes, the company that United contracted to carry a majority of its freight, was being repaired. Apparently that repair had caused a large backlog of freight that is still waiting to be carried. Meanwhile, every scheduled APA flight to Pohnpei arrived with freight during the nearly two weeks that our newspapers were not carried.
We apologize to our email subscribers that there is a significant amount of “repeated news” in this issue. We felt that our readers who only have access to the hard copy of the newspaper also needed to have the news.