Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived.
With the pull of a ribbon, dozens of children sprinted toward the new playground equipment at the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club on Oct. 23. The newest addition to the club has been a longtime coming. “The only thing they had to play on the past 23 years was the basketball court,” branch manager Tracey Hupe said.
For many years we have watched the ebb and flow of salmon in Alaska’s waters; in particular, the great king salmon and the world’s greatest salmon fishery, the Kenai River. Salmon of all types play a major role in the life and wellbeing of our state. They provide food, subsistence, income, commercial activity and sport.
Gov. Sean Parnell, wearing a cheerful maroon sweater, spoke to a standing room only audience at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 18 at Bear Mountain Grill. He opened with good news.
Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne. The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.
Over the past year, Chugiak-Eagle River saw expansion, suffered tragedies, celebrated numerous awards and so much more. Here’s a look at some of the top stories of 2013.
Growing up in Eagle River, Chelsea Berry dreamed of becoming a conductor or composer. Instead she became a successful singer/songwriter. She credits much of this to Alaska folksinger Robin Hopper, who was her babysitter and her mother’s best friend. Throughout Berry’s childhood there was always folk music playing, always talk of musicians and songs.
It’s finally over. After too many amendments amending amendments, back-and-forth arguments and miffed retorts, the Anchorage Assembly voted to fund the controversial indoor tennis court/multi-use facility in Anchorage.
Each spring, as the early-run king salmon start returning to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game begins a four-month effort to manage fishing effort in a way that ensures enough salmon swim past fishermen of all types to meet escapement goals.
We’ve all seen and read news stories about people committing horrific crimes. But it’s the reason behind those acts that intrigues Shauna Norton. “That’s the part that fascinates me,” she said. “To find out the why.”