Former Anchorage mayor Rick Mystrom has a story he likes to tell. It changes with the crowd and with the years but the basic premise remains the same: A dose of self-depreciating humor to knock down the barrier between the audience and the speaker.
The executioner wore tennis shoes, scuffed white sneakers peeking from beneath his solemn robe. He deftly raised his scathe in preparation for the beheading. Suddenly, Victoria Otte’s voice rang out. “Shoes,” she yelled. “You can’t wear those, you need black.”
Big woofs of good luck to long-time musher Jim Lanier, 73, who sets off on the ceremonial Iditarod Trail Saturday morning and the real trail Sunday. Lanier has entered and completed a whooping 16 Iditarod competitions.
It’s a dream within a dream, a musical within a play, a sweeping epic within one beautiful and perfect song. And the finale, with all the actors’ voices blending together in a rendition of “The Impossible Dream,” very well might bring a few tears to your eyes.
The updated design study report on the new Eklutna Bridge was recently released, according to the Eklutna Bridge Replacement Project. The new designs, termed the pre-final design, were tweaked based on community and agency feedback of design drafts showcased at the December Eklutna Bridge Project meeting at Chugiak High School.
Eagle River is growing. That’s good news for all, of course. It means additional business options, a healthier economy plus a wider variety of choices for local residents.
About 30 Chugiak and Eagle River residents gathered in an airy and open room of the new Chugiak Senior Center on Feb. 15 for a Legislative Delegation Town Hall Meeting. The serene atmosphere lent an odd juxtaposition to the seriousness of the matter.