Perhaps you have noticed that Mother Nature sometimes puts a wet blanket on the best-laid plans of editors and reporters. Well, in the case of a U.S. senator’s planned visit to the offices of the Mat-Su Frontiersman, it was more of a carpet of ash.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski was on her way to the Mat-Su Valley – and a visit with the Frontiersman editorial board – when an eruption of the Pavlof Volcano 600 miles to the southwest belched enough ash into the air to cancel flights between Fairbanks and Anchorage. Her hour-long flight became a six-hour-or-more drive through winter-like conditions.
Needless to say, the Frontiersman’s plans were dashed.
Which isn’t to say the newspaper was without a story. Managing Editor Matt Tunseth produced a local story for deadline that told area residents why their representative missed a planned chamber of commerce affair, among other things. It’s readable and it brings home the problems presented by the volcano’s eruption.
As we all know, producing a newspaper is all about changing directions on a dime and with grace. This is a great example of making the most out of a bad situation. Thanks, Matt, for sharing it.