Story last updated at 4/18/2012 - 11:11 am
Hello, Southeast Alaska.
I hesitate to use the word "leaving" to describe what I'm about to do to you. But it's true that my employment at the Capital City Weekly is coming to a close.
Since I first set foot in this office for my initial job interview in 2008, I've been blessed with the opportunity to meet many of you on a professional level. You've allowed me to bombard your homes and businesses and broadcast my findings to the world. You've taught me a ton.
I've flown in helicopters and motored along in boats, visiting remote parts of the region of which most of you will only ever hear stories.
Visual artists and musicians have invited me into their creative processes, often becoming friends as a result.
My final adventure with the CCW was a tour of Hecla Mining Company's Greens Creek operation, which you can find on page 20 of this issue.
It hasn't all been fun and games; there have been many walks around the block, trying to push through writer's block. And I can't deny the occasional frustrations in response to computer failures (pencil and paper will always stand superior in light of this).
I've also been involved in difficult professional situations - most recently the accusations that a plagiarized piece of writing was published on our pages this February.
The piece, which was credited to then University of Alaska Southeast Dean of Students Jessie L. Grant, described the history of gospel music. Unfortunately, we were later informed that Grant had lifted the majority of the copy from an existing article that was readily available on the Internet.
As editor of this publication, I wish I could offer some further explanation for this situation. However, Grant has not responded to any of my contact attempts.
So we press on. Although I will be elsewhere, trust that you can still count on the CCW to keep you connected to all corners of the region. You can also count on the crossword puzzle, Sidewalk Poll and the other features that keep you coming back for more week after week.
Thanks to all of those who have supported me over the years, and I'll see you out there in the world.
Libby Stringer is the outgoing managing editor of the Capital City Weekly.