In his first full school year on the job, Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff has no plans to make sweeping changes to the district’s direction.
The first “Sparta Week” celebrating the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division wasn’t all fun and games. In the midst of five days of activities that included athletic competitions, a barbeque and a ball, the “Spartans” paused to honor 81 of their fellow paratroopers who have died in the brigade’s eight-year history.
Eagle River’s branch of Rotary Club International lived up to its name recently by hosting a cop from Holland, a foreign exchange student from Ecuador and a district governor whose territory spans two nations.
Raindrops beaded on freshly painted hoods over the Labor Day weekend as more than two dozen car owners turned out for the 49th State Street Rodders Car Show at the Eagle River Polaris and Arctic Cat dealership.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will soon be discussing possible items to be included in the area’s Capital Improvement Project (CIP) list. The list is used to identify potential projects for municipal funding in 2014.
Crack! A deep, white spider web leapt across the windshield. The low rumble of engines on a Colombian Air Force aircraft was interrupted by the splintering sound of fractured glass. The pilots exchanged glances, checked safety lights, monitored their position and barked commands. Cabin pressure read normal, but the entire glass pane was split from end to end. It would be difficult to see, let alone safely fly. The aircraft had to descend. The plane radioed the control tower.
The McDonald Center is expected to reopen this week after a faulty valve on the ice rink’s refrigeration system forced its closure this summer. The problem was first noticed during a hockey camp run by former pro Brian Swanson of Eagle River in mid-July. A wet spot formed on the ice and never froze.
Families in Chugiak have found a surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Grow ‘em. Led by several dedicated parent and student volunteers — along with support from staff at the school — “Rams Roots” is a new community garden project at Chugiak Elementary School that recently had its first harvest. On Aug. 20, gardeners spent a drizzly early fall afternoon picking a bumper crop of cabbage, peas, cucumber, herbs and more from the muddy soil. They’ll pull potatoes and carrots next month from the nine rows of brightly colored wooden boxes that make up the garden near the school’s main entryway.
A war broke out in the sky above Alaska last week. Fortunately, everyone was on the same side. On Friday, Aug. 23, forces from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base concluded a two-week international training exercise with Japan, Australia and the Republic of Korea with a mock battle.