To Juneau's sports fans, athletes and interest-obligated parents:
I have already had the pleasure of meeting a great number of you since joining the Juneau Empire in late August and look forward to meeting many more of you as we expand our coverage to even more local sports.
In my short time in Juneau I have been amazed by the generosity with which this community supports its youth athletic programs - both financially and through its unbridled encouragement and enthusiasm. I have been surprised by the passion and sheer numbers displayed in your adult athletic leagues and events. And, on occasion, I've been brought to my knees in laughter by a few costumed bowlers and over-the-hill hockey buffs vowing victory over "the Chicks."
With your unique dedication and traditions in mind, I wanted to let you know a little bit more about the changes that will be taking place in the Empire's sports section in coming weeks.
Beginning Monday, the Empire will no longer print sports sections along with every edition. Instead, more locally focused sections will be available in our Wednesday, Friday and Sunday editions.
These changes can and will, I believe, put me in a better position for celebrating those things that make Juneau sports so special. However, for these three sections to be as complete as possible, I am asking for a little help from you. If you want your child's team, your adult-league team or even an inspirational individual's story told, I want to hear about it.
Global sports coverage is so readily available and thoroughly covered via television and the Internet that the local newspaper is not the first place readers go to find such stories. Rather than repeat those stories, we're redefining our mission to provide the same depth and immediacy of coverage to our local athletics.
When a game or event falls on a day that will not be followed by a sports section, you will still be provided with full coverage and scores online at www.juneauempire.com.
I am excited to bring Empire sports into this new age along with you. Should you have questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 523-2228.
Trent Makela is the sports editor at the Juneau Empire.