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February Issue 1 2013

Where the wild horses once roamed

The homestead at the top of Skyline, much beloved by locals for its beautiful views and intriguing ruins, might become a subdivision in a few years. The property’s handful of owners is ready to sell, and if the state won’t buy it for public use, it’ll likely go to a private developer and get turned into a suite of hilltop mansions.

Ravenwood sets healthy example February Issue 1 2013

Ravenwood sets healthy example

Students at Ravenwood Elementary are fighting America’s obesity epidemic one activity at a time. The Eagle River elementary school was recently honored by the State of Alaska for winning the 2012 Healthy Futures Challenge, a state-sponsored program designed to get kids moving.

Arctic Tough February Issue 1 2013

Arctic Tough

Well before dawn on the morning of Jan. 31, more than 200 members of the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment arrived under cover of darkness at the foot of Arctic Valley Road. Carrying 35-pound rucksacks and decked out in their camouflage combat uniforms, the men briefly listened to instructions from their platoon leaders before springing into action.

January Issue 5 2013

Alleged gate crasher facing federal charges

Kyle Hansen, 25, was arrested Jan. 19 in Eagle River.

Old homestead atop Skyline may soon be a subdivision January Issue 5 2013

Old homestead atop Skyline may soon be a subdivision

At the top of the road that begins as Skyline Drive in Eagle River is a place almost every local knows. It’s where couples go to drink in the view. It’s where hikers, snowboarders, skiers and scouts gain access to the popular Mount Baldy, bypassing the private property gate that gives almost no one pause. And, it’s where many have gone to explore the mysterious ruins that lie scattered at the end of the property’s narrow old road, where it curves around an artesian-fed pond.

Going into business January Issue 5 2013

Going into business

Chugiak Café is entirely a family-run business. Eagle River’s Tom and Michelle Kimball own the recently opened coffee and boutique shop and their two-person staff is made up of their kids, Jackie and Andrew.

Army specialist charged in death January Issue 5 2013

Army specialist charged in death

A soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been charged with the Christmas death of Private 1st Class Grant Wise.

Bear Paw theme announced January Issue 5 2013

Bear Paw theme announced

You can’t have a Bear Paw Festival without a theme, and this year’s is sure to bring out the inner cowboy and cowgirl in local fans of the annual community hoedown.

Building boom remakes Eagle River January Issue 5 2013

Building boom remakes Eagle River

An influx of new retailers and a housing boom will be remaking the face of downtown Eagle River in 2013. Most national chains venturing into Alaska open a store in Anchorage and then skip right over Eagle River en route to the Mat-Su. This year, Walgreens and AutoZone bucked that trend to open new locations on the Old Glenn Highway.

Mustangs ice Wolves January Issue 4 2013

Mustangs ice Wolves

Packed house at the Mac watches a season-ending thriller.