A piece of straw. A hunk of bark. A few straggly pine cones. It doesn’t sound very festive, does it? Yet according to Ute Olsson, chief naturalist at the Eagle River Nature Center, outdoor castoffs can be fashioned into cheery and professional looking holiday ornaments.
In the continuing saga of Kenai River king salmon management during the current period of low abundance, counting the number of fish coming into the river with enough accuracy to satisfy competing users has been a difficult task for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The Joy Lutheran Church parking lot was packed Monday, Nov. 25 as families trudged through slush to pick up holiday fixings. Inside, volunteers bustled about, calling out names and directing children towards the cookie platter. The Food Bank of Alaska’s Thanksgiving Blessing was in full swing.
This year’s 21st Annual Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland events are bigger than ever. A record 62 businesses are participating in the Munch on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, said Merry Braham, special events coordinator for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
Andraya LaFleur learned how to quilt in a unique place — prison. When LaFleur came to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center last year, another inmate introduced her to the hobby craft program. Until her recent release, LaFleur worked as a hobby craft monitor, teaching the skills she learned to other inmates.
Cindy Lee learned a good lesson last week — life is expensive. The Chugiak High senior was one of about 50 upperclassmen who participated in the school’s Financial Reality Fair on Thursday, Nov. 21. As soon as students entered room 208, they turned 24-years-old. After they chose a profession, students were given a salary and some had spouses and/or children.
For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particular, was a driving force during the push for statehood, and more than a century before that, the commercial fishing industry was a major proponent of the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1857.
Matanuska Electric Association announced a slight rate reduction starting the first quarter of 2014. Base rates will decrease by 1.13 percent, according to a Nov. 14 press release. The average MEA member — which uses just under 800 kilowatt hours of electricity each month — will see a monthly decrease of 98 cents, MEA spokesman Kevin Brown said in the release.
Area residents received a Municipal-wide update from Mayor Dan Sullivan when he addressed the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Eagle River Ale House.
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.