The "Hunker Down" order issued by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to try to contain COVID-19 goes into effect Sunday, March 22.
The “Hunker Down” order goes into effect at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

Dear Reader,

Thank you for picking up this year’s copy of True North. We are an Alaska magazine produced by students at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Over several long months we’ve researched stories, gathered photos and painstakingly labored over the layout. I must admit while it can be frustrating at times it was an excellent endeavor. I’d like to thank each and every one of the staff for doing an amazing job.

True North 2020 editor in chief Corey Coolidge.
True North 2020 editor in chief Corey Coolidge

As I write this letter, we are in the grip of the COVID-19 outbreak that has most of the world on edge. Our staff was forced to work from a decentralized location, using mostly online resources to coordinate. It was important to us not only to survive this challenge but to thrive — a sentiment we decided to put into our magazine itself.

Alaska creates challenges that can be unique and surprising to many.  Exploring, overcoming and finding your place, while having a bit of fun in the process, are all themes that thread through these pages. 

As I think about all the adventures we at True North have had this last year I’d like to leave you with this thought. No matter who you are or where you come from, there are always those with similar experiences you can lean on for support in life, be it from a friend, colleague, or from the pages of stories in books and magazines. Remember, when you feel like you are alone, facing something insurmountable, lean on those who have come before.

Yours truly,

Corey Coolidge

Editor in Chief 

True North 2020

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