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Bear Paw Preview: Highlights and Sneak Peeks July Issue 1 2015

Bear Paw Preview: Highlights and Sneak Peeks

Let’s face it: everything at Bear Paw is awesome. Little girls in tutus dancing to hip-hop on the main stage, while nearby on the park grass Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson military personnel demonstrate how to take down a (pretend) terrorist to enthusiastic onlookers, and delighted kid screams erupt from the carnival: that’s awesome. Kids in ninja outfits doing stunts in town square to hard dance electronica, while families splash through water pouring from a hose atop a firetruck ladder in the street, and the smell of vendor booth food wafts through the air: also awesome. It’s going to be an awesome Bear Paw, and if you want to get the most out of it, dear readers, we at the Star highly encourage you to embrace it.

Festival history proves big things begin with small seeds July Issue 1 2015

Festival history proves big things begin with small seeds

The Bear Paw Festival has always been about celebrating community, and honoring the people who have given of themselves in service of the community and people of Chugiak-Eagle River, said Merry Braham.

Father-daughter artist duo debuts at Jitters June Issue 4 2015

Father-daughter artist duo debuts at Jitters

For the Thompsons, art is a family affair. “I’ve been painting since I was nine,” said Mike Thompson, the patriarch of the family. “My mom was a painter, we all did some kind of art.”

Farm dreams June Issue 4 2015

Farm dreams

Monastery Acres, a micro-farming operation in Chugiak committed to organic farming principles, recently added food production space to its operation. That’s good news for fans of the farm’s produce, which will be available at farmers markets on Thursdays at the American Legion in Chugiak, and Tuesdays at the VFW in Eagle River, selling the usual farmers market fare, plus one unusual offering for Alaska – tasty tomatoes.

Kyle Burnett is Air Force Ultimate Warrior June Issue 4 2015

Kyle Burnett is Air Force Ultimate Warrior

When Eagle River resident Kyle Burnett competed in the Dept. of Defense Warrior Games this week, she did so as one of two Ultimate Athletes representing the U.S. Air Force. Each of six military branches selects athletes among the wounded warriors who try out for competition in the spring to compete in a variety of events, and one man and one woman to compete as its Ultimate Athletes in all the individual events.

‘Dr. K’ focuses on quality, value in vision care June Issue 3 2015

‘Dr. K’ focuses on quality, value in vision care

Balloons adorned the new sign on Dan “Dr. K” Kosterman’s new sign at the Dr. K’s 20/20 Vision Center (11401 Glenn Highway, Suite B in the Eagle River Mall).

A Special Kind of Strength June Issue 3 2015

A Special Kind of Strength

Dads matter. In the world of special needs parenting, it’s often the mother taking the lead in care-giving, nurturing and shuttling to medical appointments. For those wise enough to look further, one sees the father: the family’s breadwinner and parent garnering the insurance coverage the family needs. He’s the guy behind the scenes playing a crucial supporting role.

Bread connection June Issue 3 2015

Bread connection

The tradition of baking sourdough bread is alive and bubbling well in the kitchens of locals – some of whom are using starters dating decades back in the state’s history.

Leaving a legacy June Issue 3 2015

Leaving a legacy

Although the site was familiar, the name of the ball field was changed prior to the Chinook’s first Alaska Baseball League home opener June 13 against the Mat-Su Miners at the Loretta French Sports Complex.

Locally-raised chickens lay eggs with darker, richer yolks June Issue 2 2015

Locally-raised chickens lay eggs with darker, richer yolks

Feed your own chickens that lay eggs for your own consumption and you gather a product whose nutrient composition is of your doing. It’s a big reason why Jessica Jansen, co-owner of Fire Lake Farm located just outside of Eagle River with her husband, Andy Jansen, began raising chickens five years ago.

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