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McDonald Center expected to reopen this week September Issue 1 2013

McDonald Center expected to reopen this week

The McDonald Center is expected to reopen this week after a faulty valve on the ice rink’s refrigeration system forced its closure this summer. The problem was first noticed during a hockey camp run by former pro Brian Swanson of Eagle River in mid-July. A wet spot formed on the ice and never froze.

Windshield forces Columbians down September Issue 1 2013

Windshield forces Columbians down

Crack! A deep, white spider web leapt across the windshield. The low rumble of engines on a Colombian Air Force aircraft was interrupted by the splintering sound of fractured glass. The pilots exchanged glances, checked safety lights, monitored their position and barked commands. Cabin pressure read normal, but the entire glass pane was split from end to end. It would be difficult to see, let alone safely fly. The aircraft had to descend. The plane radioed the control tower.

Car club raises charity cash September Issue 1 2013

Car club raises charity cash

Raindrops beaded on freshly painted hoods over the Labor Day weekend as more than two dozen car owners turned out for the 49th State Street Rodders Car Show at the Eagle River Polaris and Arctic Cat dealership.

Around the world at Rotary September Issue 1 2013

Around the world at Rotary

Eagle River’s branch of Rotary Club International lived up to its name recently by hosting a cop from Holland, a foreign exchange student from Ecuador and a district governor whose territory spans two nations.

International exercise seeks to boost survival August Issue 5 2013

International exercise seeks to boost survival

A war broke out in the sky above Alaska last week. Fortunately, everyone was on the same side. On Friday, Aug. 23, forces from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base concluded a two-week international training exercise with Japan, Australia and the Republic of Korea with a mock battle.

Putting down roots August Issue 5 2013

Putting down roots

Families in Chugiak have found a surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Grow ‘em. Led by several dedicated parent and student volunteers — along with support from staff at the school — “Rams Roots” is a new community garden project at Chugiak Elementary School that recently had its first harvest. On Aug. 20, gardeners spent a drizzly early fall afternoon picking a bumper crop of cabbage, peas, cucumber, herbs and more from the muddy soil. They’ll pull potatoes and carrots next month from the nine rows of brightly colored wooden boxes that make up the garden near the school’s main entryway.

Local Head Start program seeks students August Issue 5 2013

Local Head Start program seeks students

Want to get your youngster enrolled in Head Start? Now’s your chance. The Head Start program at Chugiak’s CCS Early Learning has 10 spots available for the coming school year, which starts Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Chugiak-Eagle River makes the grade August Issue 4 2013

Chugiak-Eagle River makes the grade

According to rankings compiled by the State of Alaska, schools in Chugiak-Eagle River are among the highest-ranked in the Anchorage School District and statewide.

Incentivized education August Issue 3 2013

Incentivized education

The expression “school is your job” will take on a whole new meaning this year for some Eagle River High students. ERHS students who pass the AP exam in English, math and/or science at the end of the year with a score of 3 or higher will be paid $100 per passing grade.

Leadership changes at area schools August Issue 3 2013

Leadership changes at area schools

A few new bosses are in town. Ravenwood Elementary, Birchwood ABC Elementary and Chugiak High each have new principals for the 2013-14 school year.

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