Mountain View's MTS Gallery had its final Third Friday opening on April 15, 2011. The event included a silent auction to benefit the Wrangell Mountains Center and a live auction of artworks painted on the wall. MTS Gallery will close in May.
An early contributor who first joined the staff as an editor in 2009, Maia returned to Alaska Dispatch in 2013 after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. Born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage, Maia has written and edited for numerous Alaska publications, taught English at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and served as a member of the Alaska Press Club board. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Portland and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from UAA. Maia lives in Anchorage with her husband and their daughter, who is a fourth-generation Alaskan.