For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particular, was a driving force during the push for statehood, and more than a century before that, the commercial fishing industry was a major proponent of the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1857.
Matanuska Electric Association announced a slight rate reduction starting the first quarter of 2014. Base rates will decrease by 1.13 percent, according to a Nov. 14 press release. The average MEA member — which uses just under 800 kilowatt hours of electricity each month — will see a monthly decrease of 98 cents, MEA spokesman Kevin Brown said in the release.
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.
After its last public meeting on the issue Nov. 12, the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARC) adopted a policy that will require landowners to purchase a permit if they’re using land within the ARC’s right-of-way.
Anchorage Police are seeking help from the public in locating an Eagle River man who was last seen by neighbors near his Hiland Road home about two weeks ago.
When Aaron Kallas isn’t teaching at Chugiak High, he spends his time training other educators in the field of biotechnology. And he’s doing award-winning work. Kallas earned the 2013 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award. The National Association of Biology Teachers will present the award to Kallas on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Atlanta.
The Yukon River draws into its mouth the largest migration of chinook, chum, and coho salmon stocks in the world. For the chinook, or kings, the river offers passage from the Bering Sea to spawning streams across Alaska and Yukon Territory all the way to British Columbia. The iconic fish run is one of the longest freshwater fish migrations on earth.
Kastle Sorensen recently became a veteran — well in the baking world. In June, the 2003 Chugiak High grad competed in “Cupcake Wars,” a competition cooking show on the Food Network that pits four bakers against each other. Sorensen’s episode will be aired Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Alaska.
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.