<p>Jessica Lowell covers business and economic development and general news in the Gardiner area.<br /> After short but intense aspirations to be an opera singer (age 4) and a deep-sea diver (age 6) her most enduring passion has been telling stories.<br /> A University of Maine graduate, she worked for newspapers in New Hampshire, upstate New York and Wyoming, where she has won awards for investigative and explanatory journalism.<br /> She’s a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.<br /> After several years out of journalism, she returned to Maine and to writing, where she spends her free time enjoying both trees and the ocean, two commodities that Wyoming lacks. </p>