A West Virginia-based media company announced this week that it’s looking to sell Maui’s century-old local newspaper.

Ogden Newspapers is seeking a buyer for The Maui News.

The West Virginia-based media company announced its intent to accept offers from prospective buyers in the coming weeks, generating calls from the newspaper guild for the company to find a local buyer for the 123-year-old newspaper.

News of a possible ownership change comes at a time of tense, years-long contract negotiations between The Maui News and Pacific Media Workers Guild, which represents the paper’s union membership.

Last year the union filed an unfair labor practices claim against Ogden and The Maui News publisher.

The guild represents employees at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, The Maui News and media workers in California.

Ogden has owned the The Maui News since 2000. Publishing a print edition and online, the newspaper is a leading source of community journalism on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

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