MaryJo Comins


MaryJo Comins lived in Anchorage from 1951 until 1995, graduated from AHS in 1961, attended the University of Montana, married and began raising a family before completing her BA in English with a sociology minor from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1974. 

She taught writing and creativity classes in Anchorage and Eugene, Oregon.  Among her writing credits are the Anchorage Times, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Magazine, Cruising World Magazine, and Alyeska Pipeline’s in-house magazine.  MaryJo received writing awards from Alaska Press Women and an honorable mention from Writers Digest.  She enjoys acting with community theater groups in Anchorage and now Eugene.

A few months ago a classmate’s mother celebrated her 100th birthday with a card party. That is, we were invited to create and send cards to commemorate her milestone. Several of us remembered and shared stories of her late husband, Mr. Norton, the beloved principal of North Star Elementary School in Anchorage. Click for the full story.

In the early 1950s, many people thought Alaska was remote, practically inaccessible. I was seven years old the summer of 1951 when my father quit his job as a Northwest Airlines pilot and moved our family from Seattle to Anchorage to begin flying for Pacific Northern Airlines. Read more.

Turnagain Arm has the largest tidal range in the United States and the fourth highest in the world with an average of 30 feet during its 12 and a half hour tidal cycle. The day the Turnagain Arm clay nearly claimed me, I was about 10 years old. Read more.