In this issue, Amy Armstrong reports on the BioTAPP program (“Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School,” page 6), that’s training the next generation of our community’s homegrown biotech researchers and lab technicians.
There are many different jobs I hold as a mom. Some I am well qualified for, such as teacher. Others I enjoy, like being a chef. I love being official baby snuggler. I’ve delegated many of my responsibilities as janitor. I loathe being a disciplinarian.
The public comment period is open until March 20 for the Eagle River Traffic Mitigation project draft design study. The report encompasses design planning that would see road upgrades around downtown Eagle River, including main upgrades for the intersections of Eagle River and Artillery Roads, and Business Boulevard and Old Glenn Highway. The project team is seeking comment on its three development alternatives, detailed in the report.
This year, the band and orchestra students of Mirror Lake Middle School (MLMS) are traveling to San Francisco to compete at the Heritage Music Festival. Led by Travis Harrington and Jean Lenoir, these young musicians will represent their school and our community. Since 2006, the students at MLMS have competed at Anaheim, Boston, San Diego and Orlando, and have consistently received top honors.
In this issue, we have a guest column by Kim Mahoney (“Mirror Lake music program to host fundraiser,” this page) and, as always, recognition of community members’ achievements in our community pages. We welcome submission of columns for consideration, as well as items for our events calendar, achievements and People We Know sections, and letters to the editor. These could be sent to email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Feb. 25, a yea or nay from the State of Alaska on a proposed emergency department expansion at Providence Hospital will, indirectly, be either a thumbs up or down for a proposed emergency room in Eagle River.
As of press time, 299,616 Alaskans had applied for the Permanent Fund Dividend, which is accepting applications through March 31. That means plenty of Alaskans haven’t filed yet; it’s fewer than half the number that applied in 2014.
I owe a lot of women an apology. It’s not for something I said, but for something I thought. When my husband enlisted in the Army, numerous women shared their stories, experiences, and advice with me to prepare me for the journey I was about to embark upon.
When I was a young child, I lived in an apartment at the corner of Sun Beau and Eagle River Loop Road, in a four-plex owned by my grandparents. It had a large, triangular front yard, and a sloping yellow corrugated awning that stretched out below the second-level balconies. I climbed the lone, large tree that grew in the yard’s center, made dandelion chains in the grass, and visited my grandmother’s greenhouse that sat atop Grandpa’s garage near the back of the property. I walked with my mother to the playground at Homestead Elementary. When I went to school there, my favorite field trip was the picnic at the creek by the local fire station, where we got fireman hats and ate sandwiches on the grass next to a footbridge.
I am a very opinionated person. I know just how things ought to be, particularly how my children’s hair should look. My little girls should have long, curly hair. It’s okay if their hair isn’t naturally curly; that happens to be why curlers were invented. I have enjoyed playing with Clara’s hair over the years, and looked forward to many more years of this blissful, girly bonding.