Voices of the (Hunkered Down) Valley: Confronting Uncertainty and a Glimmer Amid the Unknown

 How has life changed for you amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Recently reporter Alex Thompson went for a walk and took the town’s coronavirus temperature, if you will. She asked people how they’re getting by.  Thompson…

How has life changed for you amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Recently reporter Alex Thompson went for a walk and took the town’s coronavirus temperature, if you will. She asked people how they’re getting by. 

Thompson spent the two preceding weeks talking to folks in the service sector: workers with no work, restaurant owners struggling to stay open, people navigating unemployment and federal relief. 

By the numbers, it is an uncertain and frightening time. The pandemic’s effects are measurable in some ways, but uniquely varied from one life to another. In interviews and conversations, Thompson was most struck by people’s strength and optimism.

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About Alex Thompson

Alex is a science, features, and cultural freelance journalist. She is also an artist. Alex is happy to live with her husband Allan Cole and cat Gus in a cabin amidst the birds and otters on Flat Creek. When she's not working on a story, Alex is working outside or in her studio in Driggs, Idaho.

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