Over the past year, Chugiak-Eagle River saw expansion, suffered tragedies, celebrated numerous awards and so much more. Here’s a look at some of the top stories of 2013.
Growing up in Eagle River, Chelsea Berry dreamed of becoming a conductor or composer. Instead she became a successful singer/songwriter. She credits much of this to Alaska folksinger Robin Hopper, who was her babysitter and her mother’s best friend. Throughout Berry’s childhood there was always folk music playing, always talk of musicians and songs.
The Eklutna River Bridge replacement project is one step closer to completion. R&M Consultants, Inc. representatives unveiled a draft of the design study report at a Dec. 11 open house meeting at Chugiak Elementary.
We’ve all seen and read news stories about people committing horrific crimes. But it’s the reason behind those acts that intrigues Shauna Norton. “That’s the part that fascinates me,” she said. “To find out the why.”
Theater-goers don’t normally laugh through Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” That’s not the case at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s rendition of Peter Bloedel’s “A Seussified Christmas Carol.”
Each spring, as the early-run king salmon start returning to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game begins a four-month effort to manage fishing effort in a way that ensures enough salmon swim past fishermen of all types to meet escapement goals.
The Chugiak High band presented “A Winter Concert” on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the school auditorium. The evening opened with the jazz band playing a livened-up rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” followed by Mark Landon performing a solo on the trumpet for “White Christmas” and Brandt Lomen and Dane Breitung soloing during “What is Hip?”
Not rain nor fog nor even slippery footing prevented families from gathering at Town Square early in the evening Friday, Dec. 6 for the 21st annual Winter Wonderland event. Elementary school choirs serenaded the crowd while folks took spins around town in a horse-drawn sleigh and delicious scents wafted through the air from the Senior Center tent. Add a couple of free hot drinks and cookies and it was the perfect setup for the grand finale: The tree lighting.
Twenty-two Chugiak High School band, orchestra and choir students performed at this year’s All-State Music Festival held Nov. 21-22 at Bartlett and West high schools. Of those, seven received first-chair honors, including Kiana Gates (violin), Rebekah Jensen (alto clarinet), Dane Breitung (alto saxophone), David Stockhouse (tenor saxophone), Caleb Huntington (baritone saxophone), Noel Glenn (bassoon) and Mark Landon (trumpet).
It’s a lesson every elected official in Alaska learns firsthand sooner or later, and Gov. Sean Parnell got a fresh reminder this past April in the waning days of the legislative session when his nomination of Vince Webster to a second term on the Board of Fisheries was rejected by a 30-29 vote.