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A Chugiak legend May Issue 3 2015

A Chugiak legend

She wore a yellow scarf. Ella, slender, beautiful brown-haired Ella, riding a bicycle through Chugiak’s main street with two friends, riding all the way from Canada because ever since she was a school girl in Sweden, she had wanted to go to Alaska.

May Issue 3 2015

Living in a neurotypical world

Melodie Radcliffe spent the past week updating the Individual Education Plans for her special education students, writing meticulous notes for this fall’s incoming teacher, documenting the idiosyncrasies of each of her students.

May Issue 1 2015

State taking public comments on competing ER plans

On May 1, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services posted certificate of need applications from two local hospitals outlaying why each hospital’s plan for buildout of an additional 14 emergency room beds should be approved by the state. The plan submitted by Providence Medical Center calls for an expansion of its emergency department, while the Alaska Regional plan calls for freestanding emergency departments in Eagle River and South Anchorage.

‘This is our Anchorage’ May Issue 1 2015

‘This is our Anchorage’

Ethan Berkowitz won out over Amy Demboski at the polls May 5, with 59 percent of voters lofting him into the mayor’s seat. Demboski received 41 percent of the vote. On election night, polls stayed open until 8 p.m., and at Demboski’s campaign headquarters, Cinco de Mayo decorations and snacks awaited supporters who started streaming in at 7 p.m.

April showers bring May flowers May Issue 1 2015

April showers bring May flowers

Tradition dictates that May is the month of flowers. European spring festivals that featured a Maypole dance and baskets of flowers have survived in some American traditions, with children bringing handmade baskets of flowers to hang on neighbors’ doors in celebration of the season. On May 10, families will celebrate Mothers Day, with a bouquet a favorite gift for mom. On Memorial Day, May 25, military families will honor their loved ones who have passed on with flowers carefully placed at their cemeteries.

Indigenous art April Issue 5 2015

Indigenous art

In the Mexican town of El Arenal, Ray Gaytan had a simple life, growing up on a farm ranch with a home set among green hills. At night, he and his siblings would listen to grandmother and auntie tell stories by the light of an oil lamp.

Bear sightings group alerts neighbors, advocates for safe trash disposal April Issue 5 2015

Bear sightings group alerts neighbors, advocates for safe trash disposal

Tami Jones saw movement outside her kitchen window as she opened the garage door of her West Lake Drive home in Eagle River. A black bear stood on his hind legs watching through the kitchen window as Jones’ daughter tickled and chased her granddaughter in the kitchen. Jones said she thinks the bear was curious about the squealing noises.

April Issue 5 2015

U.S. ambassador talks up Alaska-Mongolia partnership

The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia visited the Alaska National Guard last week to provide a first-hand look at the personnel- and equipment-supporting peace keeping missions in the land-locked Asian nation.

Autistic students design dress to raise awareness April Issue 5 2015

Autistic students design dress to raise awareness

It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.

April Issue 5 2015

Demboski, Berkowitz battle for mayor’s seat

Polls open May 5 for the mayoral election, with Amy Demboski against Ethan Berkowitz after a first round of voting in April left two contenders. Demboski said she won’t apologize for making ideology an issue in the non-partisan race. “Ideology matters,” she said. “When you have someone grounded in values that represent integrity and honesty, that’s important. When you talk about ideology on a bigger scale when we apply that to politics, frankly I’m more interested in Anchorage looking like Anchorage, Alaska, than San Francisco, California.”

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