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‘The disturbing and the wonder’ January Issue 4 2014

‘The disturbing and the wonder’

When Alexa Heald came across the poem “Under the Vulture Tree” by David Bottoms, it took her breath away. “It spoke to me immediately,” she said. “It disturbed me. It really connected to me.” The Eagle River High senior and two-time defending champion recited the poem in this year’s ninth annual Poetry Out Loud School Final on Jan. 16.

School funding crunch sparks outcry January Issue 4 2014

School funding crunch sparks outcry

An emotionally charged standing-room-only crowd packed the Jan. 14 town hall meeting at Town Center in Eagle River. For more than two hours, teachers, parents and students offered passionate testimony against educational staff budget cuts.

January Issue 4 2014

ER resident runs for School Board

Dean Williams scurries around the kitchen of his house at the end of Hiland Road, baking up German pancakes. Mountains loom outside the windows as he mixes egg and milk, flour and a small bit of sugar.

January Issue 4 2014

Bill seeks to change public access to online court records

Sen. Fred Dyson recently pre-filed Senate Bill 108. The bill reads “An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain records of criminal cases; and providing for an effective date.” What that basically means is that people who have been arrested and not charged, cleared of charges or tried and acquitted would have more opportunity to clear their records.

And the winner is … January Issue 3 2014

And the winner is …

The Chugiak High auditorium was transformed into a masked ball on Saturday, Jan. 11 when 10 contestants competed for pageant titles under the Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Scholarship Program.

Animal stories January Issue 3 2014

Animal stories

Bears, wolves and eagles romped and flew around the Eagle River Nature Center during the Jr. Naturalist “Animal Puppets Storytelling” event Jan. 4. Chief naturalist Ute Olsson read “Aesop’s Fables” to the group and then let them loose on the center’s puppet collection for a chance to enact their own tales.

January Issue 3 2014

Bleachers, plats and snow berms

The South Fork Community Council met Jan. 9 at Eagle River High. About 15 people attended. A big item of interest was the Urban Design Commission hearing set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Anchorage Assembly chambers. The Eagle River High Site Plan Preliminary Approval will be up for public testimony.

MEA substation expansion halted January Issue 3 2014

MEA substation expansion halted

After three hours of testimony and deliberations, the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission (PNZ) denied Matanuska Electrical Association’s petition for a conditional-use permit during a regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 6.

A dark and foggy night January Issue 2 2014

A dark and foggy night

It was a dark and foggy night back in July 2013 and visibility hovered around zero when Lt. Cmdr. James R. Kenshalo maneuvered his U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter above cliffs outside of Point Reyes, Calif.

January Issue 2 2014

Man sought in death investigation

Anchorage Police detectives are seeking to speak with Brett William Hopper as they continue their investigation into the death of Eagle River’s Andrew Conn. Conn, 32, was found dead at his home on Mountain Vista Drive on Dec. 7, 2013.

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