It’s early Sunday morning and I’m sitting in the front of an SUV, creeping around Eagle River with a team of people I’ve just met: Tracy Lohman and her son, Lucas, 11, and his teacher, Kelsey Chalker, all who have driven in from Anchorage.
King salmon are the lynchpin of the Cook Inlet fishery. Other runs of other salmon species are far more abundant, but the health of king salmon affects all users. Alaska is currently experiencing historic low runs of king salmon returning to major systems throughout the state. It affects Alaskans who have fished for kings for years in these rivers and creeks, and the visitors thousands of businesses depend on every summer.
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.
Imagine relaxing on a comfy sofa with a plate of cookies while listening to local readers and writers tell their stories. Real stories. Intimate stories. The kind of stories that move you to tears one moment, laughter the next. This weekend, you can do just that when the inaugural session of “The Living Room: Eagle River Writers Read” opens from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan.10 at Jitters.
In less than five months, local high school seniors will fill the McDonald Center with rowdy shouts of celebration as they gather for the annual Grad Blast. Stretching back more than 25 years, the all-night event offers Chugiak and Eagle River graduates a chance to let loose and party in a safe and chaperoned environment.
Achy muscles? Sore throat? Tight and raspy chest? Uh-oh, sounds as if you’re catching the flu. According to Donna Fearey, State of Alaska nurse epidemiologist, we’re thick in the middle of flu season.
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I don’t believe in them. It’s that the idea of carrying through on selected promises for 12 consecutive months scares the heck out of me. Last year, however, I managed to tweak out a few. And I’m happy to report that I failed on every one.
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.
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.
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.