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.
Five area legislators presented a pre-legislative briefing at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Bear Mountain Grill on Jan. 15. Sen. Fred Dyson started things off by commenting that he doesn’t plan on running next year.
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.
“Forward, march. Half-step, march. Platoon, halt.” Kim Julian, Chugiak High Cadet Lieutenant’s voice echoed through the crowd-packed gym at the 2014 Eagle River High School JROTC Drill Competition on Saturday, Jan. 18. Thirteen immaculately dressed teams performed in seven rounds of competitions during the daylong event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.