Twelve local teachers were honored at the annual Excellent in Education reception at the Bear Mountain Grill on March 19. Teachers from each of Chugiak-Eagle River’s elementary, middle and high schools were awarded with a plaque bearing a large golden apple.
On March 17, a 42 year-old Wasilla man was convicted of sexually abusing one of his daughters over the course of several years. The defendant’s name is not being revealed to protect the identity of his victim daughter. The abuse began in 2008, when the victim was in third grade, and continued until 2011. At the time of the abuse, the defendant lived in Anchorage. The sexual abuse included multiple occasions of sexual penetration.
Anchorage Police Officers in the Special Assignment Unit completed a successful drug investigation resulting in a large seizure of illegal drugs and the arrests of two involved citizens early in the morning of March 21.
For a moment, it appeared to be over for Cierra Mickens, 23, the first Eagle River resident to ever compete on “The Voice.” It was the battle rounds on March 25 and Mickens (or “The Alaskan Powerhouse,” as she is called) had just finished singing Sara Bareille’s “Brave” with contestant Emily B. Mickens and Emily B. were on Shakira’s team.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers have once again hit the trail, this time snowmachining more than 1,000 miles across Alaska in less than a week in an effort to prevent suicides. This year, Alaska Wildlife Troopers Darrell Hildebrand, Thomas Akelkok, and Jon Simeon planned an ambitious journey to reach adults and school children in eight villages in rural Alaska. Other troopers joined the expedition for sections of the trek as they wound their way from Manley Hot Springs to Nome and back. The trip launched on March 16 and troopers are expected to reach Nome on March 21. Ruby was the first school on the visit followed by schools in Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain, and Nome.
Hundreds of firemen from across Alaska walked solemnly down Fifth Avenue in Anchorage on March 15 to pay tribute to Anchorage Fire Department Senior Capt. Jeffery Bayless, 51, who collapsed during a training exercise on March 7.