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My mother used to say there is only one constant in life, change. Change is upon my family on a grand scale. It is with mixed emotions, that after many years of being involved with your community papers in Southeast Alaska, another calling has been answered. This is my final issue with the Capital City Weekly.
Laura's farewell: Chapter ends 072512 SPEAKINGOUT 1 Capital City Weekly My mother used to say there is only one constant in life, change. Change is upon my family on a grand scale. It is with mixed emotions, that after many years of being involved with your community papers in Southeast Alaska, another calling has been answered. This is my final issue with the Capital City Weekly.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Story last updated at 7/25/2012 - 2:32 pm

Laura's farewell: Chapter ends

My mother used to say there is only one constant in life, change. Change is upon my family on a grand scale. It is with mixed emotions, that after many years of being involved with your community papers in Southeast Alaska, another calling has been answered. This is my final issue with the Capital City Weekly.

Over the past seven years, I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and creative people ever in my career. This includes the past and present staff members of the Capital City Weekly and the Juneau Empire as well as the hundreds of individuals in our business communities.

Much like the glamorous Oscars, if I attempt to list everyone responsible for the successes at CCW, I would be cut off. After all, there are so many important stories and information that the CCW must deliver every week.

Community papers are so much larger than any one person. A very few of us get a grand opportunity to be a direct part of something greater than ourselves; a collective affect that chronicles our existence.

Newspapers make an impact on all of our lives. Just consider; it is how we are introduced to the world, we celebrate our milestones here and it is where a final footnote of our lives is written.

In between all of that, community papers inform us of the life around us. It gathers information that we, as individuals, are too busy to collect. It keeps us up to date on our neighbors, businesses, schools, organizations and national news relevant to our everyday lives.

These "goodbye" columns often seem to read the same, philosophical with a twist of sappy. Mine it seems has unfolded onto the same path.

It's not really a choice. As humans we are destined to live our lives like a great novel. We find comfort in knowing there is a beginning, middle, and sometimes less comforting - an end.

No matter the person, as we approach the end of one chapter, we have a ritual of pausing if only for a brief moment to reflect and sometimes over analyze the previous pages.

As we resolve each of these, we then focus our attention forward - fueled with excitement and anxiety of the dreams and possibilities to come. Wishing and hoping that the final conclusion remains still many chapters away.

One thing is certain of my pages, they have been, and will continue to be filled with the beauty, wonder and gracious people of the great state of Alaska. Thank you for my rich ink. See you on the tundra.

Laura L. Newsom has been with the Capital City Weekly since 2006, leaving as general manager. She has accepted the position of advertising director of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska. She can be reached at newsom.laura@gmail.com


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