An enjoyable endeavor

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 23:00

The past two and a half years have been some of the most enjoyable in my career. The Chugiak-Eagle River community is home to some of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met.

It truly has been a pleasure helping to report the goings-on of the area. And it’s a job I’ll sincerely miss.

This edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star marks my final of the 132 issues I’ve had a hand in putting out.

Chugiak-Eagle River residents made working at the Star the best job I’ve had. The community is always appreciative of the local coverage — and expresses its thanks on a weekly basis.

That thanks is much appreciated, and makes all the long days, late nights and weekends in the office worth it. I hope I’ve done my part to be worthy of all the compliments.

Walking away from the other Star employees will also be tough. Working closely in our tiny office over the years, we’ve formed tight bonds.

I take pride in everything I put my name to, and the Star was no exception. Playing whatever small part I had in helping lend a voice to the community was truly a pleasure.

Yes, other media outlets produce stories about Chugiak-Eagle River. But no one else focuses entirely on the growing community just north of Anchorage.

Whether it was covering prep sports, writing about serious issues or photographing the zany antics of WACKO, everything was connected.

It all pertained to Chugiak-Eagle River. And it can’t be found anywhere else.

Being involved in that type of community journalism was very rewarding — and a ton of fun. I know how lucky I am to have truly enjoyed going to work every day.

The small-town newspapers of the world are important. I hope they’ll continue to be printed to keep a record of all the accomplishments average citizens make every day.

More importantly, I hope the Chugiak-Eagle River Star lasts another four decades to provide coverage of one of the best town’s in Alaska.

I know I’ll miss it.

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