The number of Scots in Alaska is on the rise. For the second straight year, a record crowd filled Lions Park in Eagle River for the 32nd Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games. Last year’s record of 8,000 was topped by about 2,000 on Saturday, June 29, event chair Chris Anderson said.
Being in the running for a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences northwest chapter award was the highlight of filmmaker Kyle Aramburo’s career. “I was super excited just to be nominated,” the 1999 Chugiak High graduate said. That moment was quickly superseded when Aramburo won a directing Emmy for “Ketchikan: Our Native Legacy.”
The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission (PNZ) will address a controversial plan to build a monofill waste disposal site in Chugiak at its Monday, July 8 meeting. Recycling firm Central Recycling Services wants to operate the facility on land owned by Eklutna, Inc. off of Kerbow Lane in Chugiak. At the PNZ meeting, Eklutna will request its proposed master plan be approved for the land, which is currently zoned “Planned Community” (PC). Landowners can write their own master plans in PC areas, but those plans must go before the commission for approval.
Hypochondriacs among us can rest a little easier today because of a service provided by the 673d Aerospace Medicine Squadron. The 673d AMDS is the only official government organization in Alaska that traps mosquitoes in order to have them tested for viruses and disease. From May through the latter part of September, Airmen set miniature light traps at various locations throughout Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
The Anchorage Fire Department is reminding residents that fireworks are illegal over the Fourth of July holiday. According to AFD, anyone caught using fireworks is subject to a $500 fine.
The Annie Oakley of Eagle River’s Bear Paw Festival arms herself not with six-shooters but a to-do list longer than a snake’s shadow at sundown. “I have a yellow legal pad of four pages of things I need to follow up on,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Special Events Director Merry Braham said recently from the chamber’s Eagle River office, which is currently a tornado of Paw-related activity.
Sean E. Thomas is an addict. He just can’t stop writing murder mystery novels. The Eagle River author recently finished his tenth book, Frozen Treasure. “Once you start, it becomes addictive,” Thomas said of writing fiction.
Chelsea Berry’s music career may be taking off Outside, but the 2001 Chugiak High graduate still needs to get her Alaska summer fix. “I’m going to be hanging out in the sun and fishing and hiking and camping as possible,” said Berry, who will be returning to her hometown for a special performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at Jitters Coffee House in Eagle River.
The first — and oldest — of two big area parades will again cap two days of Independence Day revelry in Chugiak-Eagle River. “It’s a go out at the fire station,” said Finis Shelden, who is helping organize this year’s July 3 Celebration.
Want to know how to raise chickens? Just ask Jude Lindenfelser. Or better yet, read her book. Lindenfelser, of Chugiak, recently self published a collection of essays that follow a year of raising chickens and selling eggs.