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A quick look back January Issue 1 2015

A quick look back

Well, 2014 was quite the year for Eagle River. We saw a lot of changes, big and small. There was building construction, and road construction (sitting out on Eagle River Road sipping coffee and waiting for the darned lane to open up, anyone?) and new businesses opening and old businesses folding and people winning races and running for Assembly and State Senate even an Assembly member making a bid for the Anchorage mayoral slot.

Alaska Guardsman teaches prevention of sexual assault, harassment October Issue 5 2014

Alaska Guardsman teaches prevention of sexual assault, harassment

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — An Alaska Army National Guardsman taught sexual assault and harassment prevention classes to Colony High School Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets last week in Palmer.

Marines bring joy, toys to far-flung Alaska villages December Issue 4 2014

Marines bring joy, toys to far-flung Alaska villages

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Children are keeping their ears perked up and their eyes glued open — looking for sleighs and listening for bells. But in Buckland and other remote Alaska villages, Santa doesn’t use reindeer power — he’s uses horsepower.

A really big surprise December Issue 3 2014

A really big surprise

Caylem, Gage and Ethan Hubbard received the surprise of a lifetime last week. That’s when the Anchorage Fire Department’s Santa Express visited the Fire Lake Elementary School. The express, which was really an AFD truck with plastic reindeer prancing over the top, came complete with a jolly (though not very fat) Santa and an especially large bag filled with an especially large gift: Their mother.

Local hockey players work out with paratroopers November Issue 4 2014

Local hockey players work out with paratroopers

Vansickle said events like this are important, because our local community is small and is intricately integrated into the military community. “We’re pretty committed to our school partnership program.”

Alaska Air Guardsmen return from deployment to Italy November Issue 4 2014

Alaska Air Guardsmen return from deployment to Italy

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Bringing an appropriate end to Veterans’ Day here, 32 men and women of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing returned to their homes after a month-long deployment to Europe, Nov. 11-12.

Veterans Day events offer a chance to reminisce November Issue 3 2014

Veterans Day events offer a chance to reminisce

My father fought in the Korean War. Growing up, my sisters and I would sometimes play with his medals, encased in a small box lined in blue velvet. We were forbidden to play with these and so we treated them with reverence. We were too young to understand their solemn importance, we only knew that they were heavier than they looked, and that when we held them in our hands the medal warmed to the touch.

Elementary school teacher honored with Milken Educator Award November Issue 2 2014

Elementary school teacher honored with Milken Educator Award

Jenna White, a P.E. teacher at Orion Elementary School on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, was awarded the national Milken Educator Award during a surprise ceremony at the school on Nov. 7.

Alaska’s Senate candidates vie for veterans’ votes October Issue 4 2014

Alaska’s Senate candidates vie for veterans’ votes

EAGLE RIVER (AP) — The focus of attention one recent Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign War post in this community on the fringe of Anchorage was college football, not the state’s hard-fought Senate race.

Coast Guard exercises spill response October Issue 3 2014

Coast Guard exercises spill response

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — From its extreme weather to its remote communities and limited infrastructure, Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis. Plans for how to remove pollution or conduct a rescue at the edge of the Last Frontier are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and city of Unalaska came together with industry members from North Pacific Fuel and Alaska Chadux Corporation to conduct Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Dutch Harbor, Sept. 24 and 25.

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