The ‘Local’ Look Back…
Spanning January, 1981 to December, 2000, the Local News was a FVCS-created monthly reaching Bird Creek, Indian, Portage and Girdwood bearing news of note as penned by residents, themselves.
Advocates declared the Local News “the essence of what community education is all about” and the Gazette is proud to keep its tradition alive in its ‘Local’ look back.
Youth along the Last Frontier were shaping Municipal leadership when, in April of 1993, Local News writer Anne Herschleb reported the following in Volume 13, Number 4:
Girdwood school children can accompany their parents to the polls and vote!
Kids Voting premiered in Alaska in Fairbanks for the recent presidential election and 78% percent of kids turned out to vote.
Kids Voting Alaska is part of a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization modeled after a similar program in Costa Rica…The program will go state wide in 1994.
The curriculum will teach children the rights and responsibilities of voting and the democratic process…Voter turnout in USA has decreased 30% since WWII. Fifty percent of eligible citizens do not participate in presidential elections, 70% do not participate in local elections and less than 16% of eligible young adults between ages of 18 and 24 voted in 1990. This program is an excellent way to turn these numbers around.