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November Issue 1 2013

School district seeks public opinion on budget

The Anchorage School District is starting the budget process for the 2014-15 school year — and its wants the public to weigh in. A meeting will be held today (Thursday, Nov. 7) at Gruening Middle School at 6 p.m. The district is looking to cut $20 million to $25 million from the budget for next year, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said. The meeting will give the public a forum to share its thoughts on where the cuts should come from.

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously November Issue 1 2013

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously

As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.

Birchwood residents upset with MEA November Issue 1 2013

Birchwood residents upset with MEA

When a Matanuska Electric Association representative came knocking at Birchwood resident Kevin McNamara’s door last fall and said the company would soon double the size of a nearby substation, McNamara didn’t see how it would affect him, he said.

Short power outage affects thousands November Issue 1 2013

Short power outage affects thousands

Approximately 14,000 Matanuska Electric Association members in the Chugiak-Eagle River area lost power four about four hours Monday, Nov. 4. Damaged equipment at the Pipple substation north of Eagle River caused the outage, said MEA spokesperson Kevin Brown.

L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R takes the stage November Issue 1 2013

L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R takes the stage

What do you get when you combine comedy, song and dance and a spelling bee? Eagle River High’s latest musical. The school is putting on three shows of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” today (Thursday, Nov. 7) through Saturday, Nov. 9.

Statewide king salmon decline points to outside forces November Issue 1 2013

Statewide king salmon decline points to outside forces

The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet. Users in all of those areas faced severe restrictions.

October Issue 4 2013

Grand jury indicts mother of dead newborn

The mother of a newborn baby that was found dead in an Eagle River park Oct. 15 was charged with second-degree murder Friday, Oct. 25.

October Issue 4 2013

Helicopter rescues 5 stuck in mudflats on JBER

Five people who drove onto mudflats on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and got stuck were rescued by helicopter Saturday, Oct. 19. A husband and wife got stuck while off-roading in a jeep on Route Bravo Road, said Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Matteson, a battalion chief with the 673rd Civil Engineering Squadron.

October Issue 4 2013

A busy time of year at AFAA

The Alaska Fine Arts Academy has several ongoing programs and activities. Here’s a look at what they offer: Play continues: The final two shows of “Shake, Rattle and Rot: The Zombie Musical” will be put on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.akfinearts.org or by calling 694-8909. General admission is $14 — seniors, military and children 12 and younger are $12.

Two dead in Chugiak shooting October Issue 4 2013

Two dead in Chugiak shooting

Two people died in an early morning shooting Oct. 17 in Chugiak. After its preliminary investigation, Anchorage Police said it was a murder-suicide that killed Nita Kilapsuk, 40, and Michael Hagood, 49. Kilapsuk, of Nuiqsut, called police just after 4 a.m. to report a verbal argument between her and Hagood, Kilapsuk’s boyfriend. During the call, Kilapsuk said she wanted to leave the residence — a converted People Move bus — on the 21000 block of Valley Avenue, but Hagood, of Anchorage, had a gun and wouldn’t let her leave, APD said.