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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.

November Issue 3 2013

Eagle River man has been missing for 2 weeks

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.

A battle of tasty proportions November Issue 3 2013

A battle of tasty proportions

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.

Top of his class November Issue 3 2013

Top of his class

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously November Issue 1 2013

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously

As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.