Alaska Wildlife Troopers have once again hit the trail, this time snowmachining more than 1,000 miles across Alaska in less than a week in an effort to prevent suicides. This year, Alaska Wildlife Troopers Darrell Hildebrand, Thomas Akelkok, and Jon Simeon planned an ambitious journey to reach adults and school children in eight villages in rural Alaska. Other troopers joined the expedition for sections of the trek as they wound their way from Manley Hot Springs to Nome and back. The trip launched on March 16 and troopers are expected to reach Nome on March 21. Ruby was the first school on the visit followed by schools in Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain, and Nome.
The Red Wagon Restaurant serves the kind of down-home food your mother used to cook, the kind that makes you feel cozy and warm inside. The tablecloths are checkered, the plates shaped like metal trays and the milkshakes so thick and frosted your straw stands up straight, as if at attention.
The Boys Scouts of Alaska have a little more money in their piggy bank, thanks to a hefty donation made by the Eagle River Valley Community Council and the Heritage Estates Well Compensation Trust.
Chicken noodle soup. Cereal. Macaroni and cheese. These are a few of the items presently running low at the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry.
By now I’m sure everyone’s noticed the tall, squarish building going up on out on Coronado Road. It’s hard to miss it, since it’s one of the tallest structures around. Geared toward senior housing, the building is part of Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s Coronado Park project development.
Rep. Bill Stoltze announced on March 7 his intention to seek the Republican nomination for state senate. Stoltze will run for Alaska Senate, Seat F, a seat vacated through redistricting.
For the last couple years, The Readers, as I have come to think of them, have come to the fourth floor of Loussac regularly. Two guys, each with a stack of books, sit on either end of the red couch near my office, each engrossed in a book. Obviously, since I work in a library, I see people reading all the time. But the intensity and focus of these two, along with the regularity of their visits, set them apart.
With the Winter Olympics in Sochi recently past, and the Iditarod and the Paralympic Games ongoing, be sure to add the 2014 Special Olympics Alaska Winter Games to the mix. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shiver, the Special Olympics offer an opportunity for those with intellectual challenges to take part in sports.