Sterling’s Mitch Seavey won the 2013 Iditarod Tuesday night, outracing Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle to the finish line by a little more than a half hour.
We were thrilled — and more than a bit awed — to see Chugiak’s own Jim Lanier was once again donning his signature hockey pads at the start of this year’s Iditarod March 3 on Willow Lake. If there’s someone who embodies the independent Chugiak-Eagle River spirit, it’s Lanier.
Talk is cheap. Unfortunately, natural gas won’t be for much longer. That’s the message being sent by local utilities, whose predictions of a gas shortage have caused some folks to wonder seriously if they wouldn’t be better off burning wood.
They’ll get around to that budget eventually. But first, members of the Alaska Legislature have more important work to do — like passing feel-good legislation designed solely to pander to voters in the next election cycle.
Earlier this week, officials with the U.S. Department of Defense warned massive potential budget cuts could deal a devastating blow to the military. If the “sequestration” cuts go into effect, the Pentagon will be forced to slash $46 billion from its budget in the next seven months.
Legislators should use the amount of cash they need of what they are allotted to cover office expenses and return the unused portion to state coffers.
Thanks for taking a look at this debut edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River “Star Extra,” a publication we hope you will enjoy reading as much as we did putting it together.
[Fairbanks-area] officials should add their voices in support of the state’s development plan for the proposed Susitna hydroelectric dam.
As our local legislators return to Juneau for the legislative session, we’d like to first wish them well in their travels. Although they’re often criticized for “hiding down in Juneau” on the state’s dime, the work of our elected officials is neither glamorous nor comfortable. Between time spent away from family, long hours in meetings and uncomfortable trips back and forth to Southeast, they’re not exactly living the high life down there. We sincerely wish the best for these citizen representatives who truly sacrifice much of their own comfort for the greater good.
Mother Nature sure has a way of evening things out. Last winter, Southcentral was blessed with seemingly endless amounts of snowfall, providing winter recreation enthusiasts with mountains of fun, fluffy white stuff in which to play.