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A festival full of folk January Issue 5 2014

A festival full of folk

Singer/songwriter Mary Oudean’s twangy voice fell down soft as rain as she sang the bluegrass classic, “Who Will Watch the Home Place?” at the last weekend of the Anchorage Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25.

From Chugiak to Carnegie Hall January Issue 5 2014

From Chugiak to Carnegie Hall

What does Chugiak High senior Ashleigh Bransky have in common with Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ike and Tina Turner? They’ve all played at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. And next week, Bransky will play there, too.

January Issue 4 2014

Challenging fiscal problems

Five area legislators presented a pre-legislative briefing at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Bear Mountain Grill on Jan. 15. Sen. Fred Dyson started things off by commenting that he doesn’t plan on running next year.

‘The disturbing and the wonder’ January Issue 4 2014

‘The disturbing and the wonder’

When Alexa Heald came across the poem “Under the Vulture Tree” by David Bottoms, it took her breath away. “It spoke to me immediately,” she said. “It disturbed me. It really connected to me.” The Eagle River High senior and two-time defending champion recited the poem in this year’s ninth annual Poetry Out Loud School Final on Jan. 16.

School funding crunch sparks outcry January Issue 4 2014

School funding crunch sparks outcry

An emotionally charged standing-room-only crowd packed the Jan. 14 town hall meeting at Town Center in Eagle River. For more than two hours, teachers, parents and students offered passionate testimony against educational staff budget cuts.

Marching toward perfection January Issue 4 2014

Marching toward perfection

“Forward, march. Half-step, march. Platoon, halt.” Kim Julian, Chugiak High Cadet Lieutenant’s voice echoed through the crowd-packed gym at the 2014 Eagle River High School JROTC Drill Competition on Saturday, Jan. 18. Thirteen immaculately dressed teams performed in seven rounds of competitions during the daylong event.

January Issue 4 2014

Bill seeks to change public access to online court records

Sen. Fred Dyson recently pre-filed Senate Bill 108. The bill reads “An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain records of criminal cases; and providing for an effective date.” What that basically means is that people who have been arrested and not charged, cleared of charges or tried and acquitted would have more opportunity to clear their records.

January Issue 4 2014

ER resident runs for School Board

Dean Williams scurries around the kitchen of his house at the end of Hiland Road, baking up German pancakes. Mountains loom outside the windows as he mixes egg and milk, flour and a small bit of sugar.

January Issue 3 2014

Bleachers, plats and snow berms

The South Fork Community Council met Jan. 9 at Eagle River High. About 15 people attended. A big item of interest was the Urban Design Commission hearing set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Anchorage Assembly chambers. The Eagle River High Site Plan Preliminary Approval will be up for public testimony.

MEA substation expansion halted January Issue 3 2014

MEA substation expansion halted

After three hours of testimony and deliberations, the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission (PNZ) denied Matanuska Electrical Association’s petition for a conditional-use permit during a regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 6.