Note from the Editor’s Desk: Two new columns in Neighbors

For the past year and a half, columnist Guy Unzicker has shared his thoughts on what it means to be a Juneauite through his bimonthly column, “Guy About Town.”


The column was immensely enjoyable and funny, and I loved reading Guy’s take on Folk Fest, his thoughts on mental maps of Juneau, and things no one ever told us about living in Alaska.

Sadly for us, Guy will no longer be penning the column and has moved on to focus on other endeavors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for writing such a great column, and to let him know that his writing will be missed!

I also have good news to share: The “About Town” series will live on, now through “Tasha About Town.” For those who don’t know her, Tasha Elizarde is a recent high school graduate who was born and raised in Juneau. She previously interned for the Empire, penned a column called “The Story Sharer,” and wrote “This Day in Juneau History” segments for the newspaper. I’m looking forward to reading her columns, now under this new name, about rediscovering her hometown. I hope you enjoy it, too. (Read her first column for “Tasha About Town” here.)

I also hope that the “About Town” series continues well into the future, written by a number of writers who can provide a youthful perspective of what it is like living in Juneau.

You may also notice another new column today: R.O.C.K. Juneau. Previously, the Empire published a month column from the Year of Kindness 2017 Steering Committee from one of their committee members, to provide updates to the public on the Year of Kindness initiative. When 2017 ended, R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Children With Kindness) Juneau formed to take its place. I hope you enjoy reading these monthly updates from this group.

As always, thanks for reading,

Emily Russo Miller

• Emily Russo Miller is editor of the Juneau Empire.


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