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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.

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.

‘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.

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.

Animal stories January Issue 3 2014

Animal stories

Bears, wolves and eagles romped and flew around the Eagle River Nature Center during the Jr. Naturalist “Animal Puppets Storytelling” event Jan. 4. Chief naturalist Ute Olsson read “Aesop’s Fables” to the group and then let them loose on the center’s puppet collection for a chance to enact their own tales.

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.

And the winner is … January Issue 3 2014

And the winner is …

The Chugiak High auditorium was transformed into a masked ball on Saturday, Jan. 11 when 10 contestants competed for pageant titles under the Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Scholarship Program.

For the birds January Issue 2 2014

For the birds

It’s early Sunday morning and I’m sitting in the front of an SUV, creeping around Eagle River with a team of people I’ve just met: Tracy Lohman and her son, Lucas, 11, and his teacher, Kelsey Chalker, all who have driven in from Anchorage.

Conserving the Kenai king is a mandate for board, ADFG January Issue 2 2014

Conserving the Kenai king is a mandate for board, ADFG

King salmon are the lynchpin of the Cook Inlet fishery. Other runs of other salmon species are far more abundant, but the health of king salmon affects all users. Alaska is currently experiencing historic low runs of king salmon returning to major systems throughout the state. It affects Alaskans who have fished for kings for years in these rivers and creeks, and the visitors thousands of businesses depend on every summer.