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November Issue 3 2013

Woman dies in Chugiak fire

A woman died after she re-entered a burning house in Chugiak on Monday, Nov. 18, according to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. The woman, who was not identified Monday, exited the home at 15813 South Birchwood Loop with two other occupants then re-entered, CVFD Chief Virginia McMichael said.

Top of his class November Issue 3 2013

Top of his class

When Aaron Kallas isn’t teaching at Chugiak High, he spends his time training other educators in the field of biotechnology. And he’s doing award-winning work. Kallas earned the 2013 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award. The National Association of Biology Teachers will present the award to Kallas on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Atlanta.

November Issue 3 2013

Railroad to start charging for property use in right-of-way

After its last public meeting on the issue Nov. 12, the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARC) adopted a policy that will require landowners to purchase a permit if they’re using land within the ARC’s right-of-way.

Paper-only art November Issue 2 2013

Paper-only art

Long, flowing dresses, shorter eveningwear with protruding spikes and stylish trains curving around the backs of outfits were all on display at Anchorage Museum on Saturday, Nov. 9. While there were a variety of garments — all created by high school students — each had one aspect in common.

Artistic photography with feeling November Issue 2 2013

Artistic photography with feeling

A dear friend told me to check out Gutierrez Photography based here in Eagle River. When I viewed their variety of photographic styles on their website, I was taken away by the way their photographs could capture the human spirit in almost 3D. There was still something very artistic I appreciated about their work. But what was it?

A look inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center November Issue 2 2013

A look inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

Mike Gilligan has a tough job. As superintendent of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, he’s responsible for the safety of the facility’s 110 employees and 450 current inmates, as well as the residents of Chugiak-Eagle River.

Kings drive news, sockeyes drive Inlet economy November Issue 2 2013

Kings drive news, sockeyes drive Inlet economy

There are very few things that can immediately quantify the declining value of sport fishing for Kenai River king salmon as quickly as the shelves at Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna. Shelves that once held Kwikfish K16 lures in 75 color combinations — tailor-made for fishing on the deep-swimming king salmon— are now crowded with sockeye and silver salmon gear. Newly crafted Kenai River king salmon fishing rods that generated excitement from guides after debuting with new actions and a low-price point sit in rows gathering dust.

November Issue 1 2013

School district seeks public opinion on budget

The Anchorage School District is starting the budget process for the 2014-15 school year — and its wants the public to weigh in. A meeting will be held today (Thursday, Nov. 7) at Gruening Middle School at 6 p.m. The district is looking to cut $20 million to $25 million from the budget for next year, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said. The meeting will give the public a forum to share its thoughts on where the cuts should come from.

Birchwood residents upset with MEA November Issue 1 2013

Birchwood residents upset with MEA

When a Matanuska Electric Association representative came knocking at Birchwood resident Kevin McNamara’s door last fall and said the company would soon double the size of a nearby substation, McNamara didn’t see how it would affect him, he said.