Remember how helpless we all felt after the ground quit quaking and we re-entered our homes if they were still standing? Sirens, ham radio operator message relays, and National Guardsmen rescuing people trapped in the wreckage that Good Friday in 1964. I was one scared kid—in a frontier town of 100,000 people. Now some Alaskans are joining hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country to provide safe shelter and comfort to people impacted by the hurricane disaster from Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.
Gruening Middle School stands out. Good news abounds for Gruening Middle School (GMS) students and their families. On their last “report card” GMS boasted an attendance record and Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI) higher than the district average, as well as a four-star rating. Bobby Jefts is justifiably proud of his school as he launches into his 11th year as Gruening Principal.
We all know the story of survival of the fittest and how big fish gobble up small fish, and it happened again. In this context, for the world of media, large Outside companies are understood to have many assets to manage for maximum return on investment. They buy newspapers, radio stations, television studios and “digital Internet assets” to enhance their corporate portfolios. One of those Outside companies with commercial holdings in Alaska is Morris Communications. Morris owns daily newspapers in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, AND Alaska. They own newspapers and digital assets in a total of 11 markets.
Earning a high school diploma or GED is the first step in creating a solid foundation for the future. Finding a job that doesn’t require a diploma or GED is near impossible, and universities, colleges, and trade or vocational schools require one or the other to attend. What’s next? By the time young Alaskans graduate high school, they are ready for something different. Living under their parent’s roof has gone on long enough, and they are ready for a job, a car, and freedom to make their own decisions.