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December Issue 4 2013

Payroll taxes, pensions, oil revenues

Gov. Sean Parnell, wearing a cheerful maroon sweater, spoke to a standing room only audience at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 18 at Bear Mountain Grill. He opened with good news.

2013: A year in review December Issue 4 2013

2013: A year in review

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.

December Issue 4 2013

Assembly passes a lower-cost tennis court measure

It’s finally over. After too many amendments amending amendments, back-and-forth arguments and miffed retorts, the Anchorage Assembly voted to fund the controversial indoor tennis court/multi-use facility in Anchorage.

Singing from the soul December Issue 4 2013

Singing from the soul

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.

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces December Issue 4 2013

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces

Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne. The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.

‘Finding out the why’ December Issue 3 2013

‘Finding out the why’

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.”

Bridging the distance December Issue 3 2013

Bridging the distance

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.

Fishermen focus on how ADFG sets, achieves escapement goals December Issue 3 2013

Fishermen focus on how ADFG sets, achieves escapement goals

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.

Tongue-twisting holiday humor December Issue 3 2013

Tongue-twisting holiday humor

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.”

‘A goldmine of talent’ December Issue 2 2013

‘A goldmine of talent’

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).