This year, Chugiak and Eagle River High students will be permitted to use their cellphones in class — well, some classes. The two local high schools, along with East High and Romig Middle School, are part of a pilot program that permits students to use devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets for educational purposes.
No one was injured in a Chugiak house fire Tuesday, Aug. 6 that caused at least $300,000 in damages, according to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. A combined 10 units from the CVFD and the Anchorage Fire Department responded to the blaze, said incident commander Clifton Dalton with the CVFD. The fire, which was called in by a neighbor at around 7:30 a.m., was under control within about 15 minutes, he said.
A young man by the name of Ollie Plunket recently decided to take a seven-month motorcycle ride for charity. The mission of this 18-year-old from Buckingham, England, was to help military members and their families get the care and support they need overseas. He was raising money for the newly built Fisher House, the only one in the United Kingdom, which opened in June.
Brendon Mezzetti’s violin is the Eagle River teen’s ticket around the world. Mezzetti, 18, recently returned home from a world tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a collection of 120 of the nation’s top young classical musicians assembled by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institue in New York.
Sheryl Loan held off daughter Kinsey for her record 10th Tour of Anchorage Title Sunday following the fifth and final stage of the four-day race series. The elder Loan finished the tour in 5 hours, 38 minutes, 8 seconds to better her daughter by 1:53 in the Expert Women division. Amber Stull was third, more than a minute behind Kinsey Loan.
Sometimes making donuts means making a difference. At this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life, the fundraising team of Stevie Larson, Belicia Norris, Cindy Henie and Teresa Pitt dished donuts as their way of fighting cancer.
The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission (PNZ) will meet Monday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Assembly chambers in the Loussac Library in Anchorage, where they’ll take public testimony regarding a proposed monofill site in Chugiak. PNZ is considering an application by Eklutna Inc. to rezone property the Native corporation owns off Kerbow Lane in Chugiak.
Police spokeswoman Dani Myren said the accident occurred at around 4 p.m. on the Old Glenn Highway near Loretta French Park. Myren said the northbound Fusion, driven by Michael Trudeau, 25, of Wasilla, crossed the center line and struck the southbound truck nearly head-on. Both Trudeau and a passenger, 23-year-old Kayla Ponte, of Anchorage, were taken to local hospitals with what Myren said appeared to be non life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, 37-year-old Melvin Johnson, of Chugiak, was uninjured.
The mere mention of Paris stimulates the senses and conjures up many images: The smell of freshly-baked baguettes, the sound of old accordion tunes resonating through the streets, the feel of cobblestone beneath your feet as you walk along to explore museums, historical sites such as the Eiffel tower and castles. It’s no wonder so many artists are drawn to this charming city. This was a city on my ‘bucket list’ to visit some day. So it seemed appropriate to say “yes” to the opportunity to co-teach a paper collage class in Paris with artist Bonnie Fitzgerald of internationally known company Maverick Mosaics. I’ve always loved doing paper collages since I was a child. Making a collage is another art form I use to express my creativity. Of course I wanted to teach this art class with as much knowledge about it as I could. Some interesting facts I found out and conveyed to the class: Collage is a French word, from coller, meaning to glue. This art form has been done for hundreds of years but it was cubist artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso who coined the term “collage” in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. The creative process for this class began when Bonnie and I selected multi colored papers, maps of Paris, and cut out words and pictures from magazines for the students to choose from as they collaged the front and back covers of journal books they would use to document their trip to Paris.