Lora Reinbold, the Alaska House representative from Eagle River, wants parents to be able to opt their secondary school aged children out of the benchmark testing required by Common Core. In late January, she sponsored House Bill 85, which would allow students to opt out of taking the college and career readiness assessment and still graduate, provided the student has met other graduation requirements. The bill also includes student data protection requirements.
Two teams from the Borealis Bullseye rifle team recently competed in the Civilian Military Program (CMP) three-position Regional Championships held April 9-11 in Sandy, Utah, with four of the ten members hailing from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools.
On the night of April 18, Sabrina Edwards and her mother, Denise Pennington, chatted in Sabrina’s bedroom in the family’s rented cabin on Gorsuch Street. Sabrina’s husband, Jeremy, was on shift at his job as a truck driver. Her five-year-old son Moses, who had been watching cartoons in the living room, came running in.
Jamarus Spires, a 31-year-old man from Anchorage, died after falling from a cliff in the Eklutna area on April 12, according to the Anchorage Police Department. The next of kin have been notified. A woman called APD Dispatch around 4:15 p.m. that day and said her boyfriend had fallen off a cliff near Mile 1 of Eklutna Lake Road. The couple was out for a hike with two children, according to police. The man fell several hundred feet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, Mat-Com, and Alaska State Troopers air support responded but were unable to retrieve the body. Alaska Mountain Rescue Group responders were able to get to the body, but couldn’t retrieve it.
Students showcased their best work at the Eagle River High School Fine Arts Cabaret on April 10, which also served as a celebration of the school’s 10th anniversary. The cafeteria turned into a concert venue as choirs, the jazz ensemble, the combined band and orchestra, as well as voice and instrument soloists, performed. The commons area took on a museum appearance with rows of paintings, sketches and pottery pieces displayed. A long horizontal display of photos and newspaper articles documenting the school’s decade of existence took up the entire stage area. Demonstrations of art production in action included several students throwing and spinning clay projects on pottery wheels, and student Chasse Sexton drawing via computer with the result displayed on a giant screen for event attendees to watch.
The first time I met Mike Kowalewski at the Chugiak Senior Center, I thought, “This man is something else.” We’re part of a writer’s group that meets at the center every Friday afternoon. Mike is a vigorous man, animated and fun to be around. When you talk to him, his eyebrows arch up, and his blue eyes sparkle and crinkle with happy wrinkles. He smiles a lot, and his smile is an impish grin. He has a stocky build, and most often is dressedin blue jeans and a denim work shirt over suspenders, a typical sourdough outfit. He’s lived in Alaska for 48 years.
On a hot summer day, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce events director Merry Braham enjoyed a town picnic with her husband Mitch. Alaska singer-songwriter Scott Foster played a modern rock tune on the stage. When he finished, she and Mitch clapped. Then, they did it all over again, only this time, without making noise.
Sami Taylor walks into a classroom at Eagle River Christian School with her Canon camera, and the students know it’s time to smile. Taylor, a senior, is in her second year as the school’s official volunteer yearbook photographer. School officials saw her work and asked her to take on duties behind the camera alleviate teachers from relying on their cell phone cameras to capture images.
The Glenn Highway was closed for all inbound traffic near Eklutna Exit on late Friday afternoon, April 3 after a fatal accident that left two dead and two injured. According to Anchorage Police Department, at around 4:30 p.m. 38-year-old Derek Monk lost control of his Dodge Durango while driving in the right-hand outbound lane of the Glenn Highway. The Durango struck a vehicle in the left outbound lane, before going over the median and into inbound traffic, colliding head-on with a Santa Fe Hyundai.