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).
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.
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?”
Rural Discount Center has provided reduced-priced goods to local residents for three decades. The Chugiak store carried everything from toilet paper to pallets of rice to furniture. After 29 years, RDC is closing its doors.
A piece of straw. A hunk of bark. A few straggly pine cones. It doesn’t sound very festive, does it? Yet according to Ute Olsson, chief naturalist at the Eagle River Nature Center, outdoor castoffs can be fashioned into cheery and professional looking holiday ornaments.
In the continuing saga of Kenai River king salmon management during the current period of low abundance, counting the number of fish coming into the river with enough accuracy to satisfy competing users has been a difficult task for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The Joy Lutheran Church parking lot was packed Monday, Nov. 25 as families trudged through slush to pick up holiday fixings. Inside, volunteers bustled about, calling out names and directing children towards the cookie platter. The Food Bank of Alaska’s Thanksgiving Blessing was in full swing.
This year’s 21st Annual Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland events are bigger than ever. A record 62 businesses are participating in the Munch on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, said Merry Braham, special events coordinator for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
Andraya LaFleur learned how to quilt in a unique place — prison. When LaFleur came to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center last year, another inmate introduced her to the hobby craft program. Until her recent release, LaFleur worked as a hobby craft monitor, teaching the skills she learned to other inmates.
For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particular, was a driving force during the push for statehood, and more than a century before that, the commercial fishing industry was a major proponent of the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1857.