To both our long-standing and newly acquired readers, I welcome you to the newest edition of The Skagway News.

Change can be scary, I know – especially in a small town where your local paper has had the same look and feel for the past 30 years. But I like to look at this change as an upgrade, similar to your favorite bag of potato chips after going through a redesign. “New Look, Same Great Taste!” Your paper may look a bit fancier, and feel a bit more modern, but the content is still as it ever was.
As we enter into this new chapter, I’d like to say that I hope to bring you your news in a true, timely and fashionable manner. It is my goal to fill your paper with features, hard news and, of course, photos.

I expect to grow The Skagway News and take it to new places, and know that I will learn and grow right along with it.

Along with our redesign, we have updated our website, www.skagwaynews.com, and are working toward bettering our social media presence. In an era where print newspapers are facing daily challenges, it is important to change with the times instead of fighting against them. With that being said, the rich history of the Klondike will always remain the backbone of The Skagway News.

William “Jeff” Brady made your newspaper what it is today. He arrived in Skagway fresh and excited, practically screaming “EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!” at the top of his lungs. And while he will continue to voice that sentiment on the docks as Chief Newsie, it is with great pride that I attempt to pick up where he has left off.

To help place your faith in me, I’ll give you a synopsis of Elise. A native Floridian, I graduated from a small private school, much like Skagway School. My graduating class consisted of nine students. After high school, I was a little fish in a big pond, attending the University of Florida, where my graduating class was in the thousands. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Journalism, but before I did, had the pleasure of meeting Miss Katie Emmets, now Mrs. Devereaux. After one brief encounter, we somehow found ourselves in this tiny mountain town years later, both working for The Skagway News. Though she may be gone, she remains one of my best friends.

That’s what makes Skagway so special. It brings people together. Whether visiting on a cruise ship, working in a local shop for a season or interning at the local paper, Skagway finds its way into people’s hearts. But it’s not just the beauty of the mountains or the smell of the cottonwood that grabs a hold of you. And it’s not just the charm of the wooden boardwalks and false fronts bringing you back in time. What makes Skagway so enchanting is you – the people.

And because of you and your welcoming ways, I have found myself living in this picturesque, historic town, reporting the news to the people I love and respect. And for that, I thank you. I hope to do justice to both the paper and the people, near and far.
So Skagway, just like you do with your favorite bag of potato chips, dig in. And savor the news that you so look forward to every other week.  Enjoy!

Elise Giordano, Editor