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‘Finding out the why’ December Issue 3 2013

‘Finding out the why’

We’ve all seen and read news stories about people committing horrific crimes. But it’s the reason behind those acts that intrigues Shauna Norton. “That’s the part that fascinates me,” she said. “To find out the why.”

Bridging the distance December Issue 3 2013

Bridging the distance

The Eklutna River Bridge replacement project is one step closer to completion. R&M Consultants, Inc. representatives unveiled a draft of the design study report at a Dec. 11 open house meeting at Chugiak Elementary.

Tongue-twisting holiday humor December Issue 3 2013

Tongue-twisting holiday humor

Theater-goers don’t normally laugh through Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” That’s not the case at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s rendition of Peter Bloedel’s “A Seussified Christmas Carol.”

Fishermen focus on how ADFG sets, achieves escapement goals December Issue 3 2013

Fishermen focus on how ADFG sets, achieves escapement goals

Each spring, as the early-run king salmon start returning to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game begins a four-month effort to manage fishing effort in a way that ensures enough salmon swim past fishermen of all types to meet escapement goals.

‘A goldmine of talent’ December Issue 2 2013

‘A goldmine of talent’

Twenty-two Chugiak High School band, orchestra and choir students performed at this year’s All-State Music Festival held Nov. 21-22 at Bartlett and West high schools. Of those, seven received first-chair honors, including Kiana Gates (violin), Rebekah Jensen (alto clarinet), Dane Breitung (alto saxophone), David Stockhouse (tenor saxophone), Caleb Huntington (baritone saxophone), Noel Glenn (bassoon) and Mark Landon (trumpet).

Management challenge: Inlet ‘fish wars’ escalate as king productivity ebbs December Issue 2 2013

Management challenge: Inlet ‘fish wars’ escalate as king productivity ebbs

It’s a lesson every elected official in Alaska learns firsthand sooner or later, and Gov. Sean Parnell got a fresh reminder this past April in the waning days of the legislative session when his nomination of Vince Webster to a second term on the Board of Fisheries was rejected by a 30-29 vote.

Skating the issue December Issue 2 2013

Skating the issue

It’s the issue that never ends. It just goes on and on again. And the longer it continues, the more it impacts the McDonald Center. The controversy concerning what slice of the capital budget will fund the much-debated indoor tennis court facility failed to reach a consensus at the Dec. 2 Anchorage Assembly meeting.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland December Issue 2 2013

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Not rain nor fog nor even slippery footing prevented families from gathering at Town Square early in the evening Friday, Dec. 6 for the 21st annual Winter Wonderland event. Elementary school choirs serenaded the crowd while folks took spins around town in a horse-drawn sleigh and delicious scents wafted through the air from the Senior Center tent. Add a couple of free hot drinks and cookies and it was the perfect setup for the grand finale: The tree lighting.

Symphonic sounds December Issue 2 2013

Symphonic sounds

The Chugiak High band presented “A Winter Concert” on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the school auditorium. The evening opened with the jazz band playing a livened-up rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” followed by Mark Landon performing a solo on the trumpet for “White Christmas” and Brandt Lomen and Dane Breitung soloing during “What is Hip?”

Rural Discount Center to close its doors December Issue 1 2013

Rural Discount Center to close its doors

Rural Discount Center has provided reduced-priced goods to local residents for three decades. The Chugiak store carried everything from toilet paper to pallets of rice to furniture. After 29 years, RDC is closing its doors.

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