The writer cuts a romantic figure in popular imagination. Virginia Woolf once wrote, “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.” John Steinbeck said, “In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.”
Reporters are supposed to be objective about the stories they write. But this week, my editorial is also my public disclosure. Because our education reporter was out sick last week, I ended up writing the In Our Schools story, about a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program at Eagle River High School called Question, Persuade, Respond (Page 4, “High school students take lead in suicide prevention”). It helps teens reach out to peers who struggle with depression, low self esteem, or thoughts of self-harm. Then, teens trained in the program connect troubled youth with trusted adults who could refer them to mental health services.
“Mom, Austin’s annoyin’ me.” As a mother of four, laments like this are often heard from the back of the van. There is something about the close quarters and limited entertainment of a vehicle that causes enmity between siblings.
In this issue, Amy Armstrong reports on the BioTAPP program (“Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School,” page 6), that’s training the next generation of our community’s homegrown biotech researchers and lab technicians.
In this issue, we have a guest column by Kim Mahoney (“Mirror Lake music program to host fundraiser,” this page) and, as always, recognition of community members’ achievements in our community pages. We welcome submission of columns for consideration, as well as items for our events calendar, achievements and People We Know sections, and letters to the editor. These could be sent to email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public comment period is open until March 20 for the Eagle River Traffic Mitigation project draft design study. The report encompasses design planning that would see road upgrades around downtown Eagle River, including main upgrades for the intersections of Eagle River and Artillery Roads, and Business Boulevard and Old Glenn Highway. The project team is seeking comment on its three development alternatives, detailed in the report.
There are many different jobs I hold as a mom. Some I am well qualified for, such as teacher. Others I enjoy, like being a chef. I love being official baby snuggler. I’ve delegated many of my responsibilities as janitor. I loathe being a disciplinarian.
This year, the band and orchestra students of Mirror Lake Middle School (MLMS) are traveling to San Francisco to compete at the Heritage Music Festival. Led by Travis Harrington and Jean Lenoir, these young musicians will represent their school and our community. Since 2006, the students at MLMS have competed at Anaheim, Boston, San Diego and Orlando, and have consistently received top honors.
As of press time, 299,616 Alaskans had applied for the Permanent Fund Dividend, which is accepting applications through March 31. That means plenty of Alaskans haven’t filed yet; it’s fewer than half the number that applied in 2014.
On Feb. 25, a yea or nay from the State of Alaska on a proposed emergency department expansion at Providence Hospital will, indirectly, be either a thumbs up or down for a proposed emergency room in Eagle River.