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Looking ahead January Issue 1 2014

Looking ahead

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I don’t believe in them. It’s that the idea of carrying through on selected promises for 12 consecutive months scares the heck out of me. Last year, however, I managed to tweak out a few. And I’m happy to report that I failed on every one.

Cruising for a design January Issue 1 2014

Cruising for a design

In less than five months, local high school seniors will fill the McDonald Center with rowdy shouts of celebration as they gather for the annual Grad Blast. Stretching back more than 25 years, the all-night event offers Chugiak and Eagle River graduates a chance to let loose and party in a safe and chaperoned environment.

October Issue 5 2013

Morris Communications presents “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon”

For many years we have watched the ebb and flow of salmon in Alaska’s waters; in particular, the great king salmon and the world’s greatest salmon fishery, the Kenai River. Salmon of all types play a major role in the life and wellbeing of our state. They provide food, subsistence, income, commercial activity and sport.

Building fun October Issue 5 2013

Building fun

With the pull of a ribbon, dozens of children sprinted toward the new playground equipment at the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club on Oct. 23. The newest addition to the club has been a longtime coming. “The only thing they had to play on the past 23 years was the basketball court,” branch manager Tracey Hupe said.

‘Experiential music’ October Issue 5 2013

‘Experiential music’

The kids in Roberta Stein’s music class use every part of their body in the learning process. “It’s experiential music,” Stein said. “We see it and we move it and we sing it and we act it out.” Stein teaches a weekly, 45-minute class for third- and fourth-graders in the art studio at Avalanche Frozen Yogurt in Eagle River.

Grand jury indicts mother of dead newborn October Issue 5 2013

Grand jury indicts mother of dead newborn

The mother of a newborn baby that was found dead in an Eagle River park two weeks ago was charged with second-degree murder Friday, Oct. 25. U.S. Army Alaska Specialist Ashley Ard, 24, was taken to Anchorage Jail on Friday evening with bail set at $250,000 cash plus a third-party custodian, Anchorage Police said in a written statement.

Kings in cycle: Salmon populations follow boom and bust pattern October Issue 5 2013

Kings in cycle: Salmon populations follow boom and bust pattern

Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived.

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces December Issue 4 2013

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces

Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne. The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.

2013: A year in review December Issue 4 2013

2013: A year in review

Over the past year, Chugiak-Eagle River saw expansion, suffered tragedies, celebrated numerous awards and so much more. Here’s a look at some of the top stories of 2013.

December Issue 4 2013

Assembly passes a lower-cost tennis court measure

It’s finally over. After too many amendments amending amendments, back-and-forth arguments and miffed retorts, the Anchorage Assembly voted to fund the controversial indoor tennis court/multi-use facility in Anchorage.

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