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November Issue 3 2013

Woman dies in Chugiak fire

A woman died after she re-entered a burning house in Chugiak on Monday, Nov. 18, according to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. The woman, who was not identified Monday, exited the home at 15813 South Birchwood Loop with two other occupants then re-entered, CVFD Chief Virginia McMichael said.

Artistic photography with feeling November Issue 2 2013

Artistic photography with feeling

A dear friend told me to check out Gutierrez Photography based here in Eagle River. When I viewed their variety of photographic styles on their website, I was taken away by the way their photographs could capture the human spirit in almost 3D. There was still something very artistic I appreciated about their work. But what was it?

Kings drive news, sockeyes drive Inlet economy November Issue 2 2013

Kings drive news, sockeyes drive Inlet economy

There are very few things that can immediately quantify the declining value of sport fishing for Kenai River king salmon as quickly as the shelves at Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna. Shelves that once held Kwikfish K16 lures in 75 color combinations — tailor-made for fishing on the deep-swimming king salmon— are now crowded with sockeye and silver salmon gear. Newly crafted Kenai River king salmon fishing rods that generated excitement from guides after debuting with new actions and a low-price point sit in rows gathering dust.

Paper-only art November Issue 2 2013

Paper-only art

Long, flowing dresses, shorter eveningwear with protruding spikes and stylish trains curving around the backs of outfits were all on display at Anchorage Museum on Saturday, Nov. 9. While there were a variety of garments — all created by high school students — each had one aspect in common.

A look inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center November Issue 2 2013

A look inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

Mike Gilligan has a tough job. As superintendent of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, he’s responsible for the safety of the facility’s 110 employees and 450 current inmates, as well as the residents of Chugiak-Eagle River.

Statewide king salmon decline points to outside forces November Issue 1 2013

Statewide king salmon decline points to outside forces

The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet. Users in all of those areas faced severe restrictions.

Salmon species other than kings thriving around state November Issue 1 2013

Salmon species other than kings thriving around state

On a bright July day, Auke Bay’s Don Statter Harbor was overflowing with commercial fishing vessels. Each slip appeared to be filled, as fishermen from across the state and the Pacific Northwest arrived to participate in the opening of a scheduled salmon fishery.

Birchwood residents upset with MEA November Issue 1 2013

Birchwood residents upset with MEA

When a Matanuska Electric Association representative came knocking at Birchwood resident Kevin McNamara’s door last fall and said the company would soon double the size of a nearby substation, McNamara didn’t see how it would affect him, he said.

L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R takes the stage November Issue 1 2013

L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R takes the stage

What do you get when you combine comedy, song and dance and a spelling bee? Eagle River High’s latest musical. The school is putting on three shows of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” today (Thursday, Nov. 7) through Saturday, Nov. 9.