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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Sean Parnell, wearing a cheerful maroon sweater, spoke to a standing room only audience at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 18 at Bear Mountain Grill. He opened with good news.
Growing up in Eagle River, Chelsea Berry dreamed of becoming a conductor or composer. Instead she became a successful singer/songwriter. She credits much of this to Alaska folksinger Robin Hopper, who was her babysitter and her mother’s best friend. Throughout Berry’s childhood there was always folk music playing, always talk of musicians and songs.
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.