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By: Melissa Griffiths on June 4, 2013 - 8:54pm - Add new comment

It managed to sneak up on me. This summer is my 10-year high school reunion and I'll be heading back down to Redmond, Ore. for the occasion.

My time in high school was wholly unremarkable. I managed to get through with minimal drama, negligible popularity and respectable grades, getting me into college and on with my life.

By: Melissa Griffiths on May 28, 2013 - 2:54pm - Add new comment

Six years ago today I disembarked a plane after a milk-run from Seattle and an early morning departure from Portland, Ore., two weeks after graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and happy to be leaving my parents' house in Redmond, Ore. — we can get along for a maximum of two weeks. Fresh off the plane, my friend Lauren Brooks took me to the Mendenhall Glacier. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on May 20, 2013 - 3:33pm - Add new comment

I had a Nancy Drew adventure today. Sort of. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on May 7, 2013 - 10:18am - Add new comment

You know those movies in which the whole premise is an underdog sports team overcoming the odds and the challenges to take home a win and everything is so heartfelt and you are supposed to feel inspired and motivated and overjoyed? Least. Favorite. Genre. Inspirational sports films? No thank you.

But it goes further than that. Inspirational dance movies? Nope. Inspirational films about teachers reaching inner-city students? Cringe. There is something about the saccharine and cliches that makes me want to barf. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on April 23, 2013 - 10:00am - Add new comment

Today we printed a Ketchikan Daily News editorial suggesting Sen. Pete Kelly's SB74, which would establish a University Building fund, like the Alaska Public Building fund, would be a great way to reduce expenses and debt for the State of Alaska. 

"Collecting rent from the departments is an important feature of the fund because the university will encourage better use of space..." Kelly is reported to have said in this editorial.

By: Melissa Griffiths on April 8, 2013 - 10:00pm - Add new comment

In August of 2012 I spent hours listening to Bill Overstreet tell his life story, from birth in a small Oklahoma town to current projects — the man was 86 and still had current projects! Tonight I answered the phone after hours to the news that he had died this afternoon. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on March 6, 2013 - 8:55pm - Add new comment

I wrote this before, but lost it. Here we go again.

This was my second year of participating in the Wearable Art Extravaganza and it was wonderful. I convinced my friend Jess to be my model again because we make a great team. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on February 7, 2013 - 5:12pm - Add new comment

I think my mom is always waiting for me to develop the nurturing and maternal qualities and skills she possesses. Nobody knew I could cook until I lived on my own, even then, my parents may have been disappointed in how these traits manifest. Once, I came home for a visit and offered to make dinner for the family, cooking the meat separately in case of vegetarians — there are no vegetarians in my family.

By: Melissa Griffiths on February 6, 2013 - 5:57pm - Add new comment

Something strange has happened — the real deadline for having a Wearable Art project done is 5 minutes before show time, yet I am already done. I even left the article in the possession of the model so she could practice in it — and so I couldn't change my mind or add to it. 

By: Melissa Griffiths on January 14, 2013 - 3:23pm - Add new comment

When I read the list of pre-filed bills for the 28th legislature, I was pretty disgusted to see Rep. Bob Lynn was at it again with a voter ID law. For one thing, Alaska already has rules about voter identification. It requires one piece of ID, or a poll worker to know with certainty you are who you say you are, or you can vote a questioned ballot. Voter Fraud isn't an issue around here, or in the U.S. as a whole. So why is there a bill on the table to fix this non-existent problem?

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