Being in the running for a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences northwest chapter award was the highlight of filmmaker Kyle Aramburo’s career. “I was super excited just to be nominated,” the 1999 Chugiak High graduate said. That moment was quickly superseded when Aramburo won a directing Emmy for “Ketchikan: Our Native Legacy.”
Andre White couldn’t wait to get to college. So after graduating Eagle River High School this spring, the 18-year-old immediately moved into the dorms at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. “It’s kind of like a college preview,” said White, who is participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Summer Bridge program, which is designed to give incoming college freshmen a sneak preview of campus life.
Dozens of bloody bodies were scattered across the rocky ground on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fire engulfed a plane in the background. Smoke swept over some victims, so thick they were nearly camouflaged.
In today’s society it seems the norm to spread ourselves thin with responsibilities. And for most of us — whether we like it or not — living this way stresses us out. For Monica Devine, this kind of lifestyle keeps her happily afloat in many art forms.
The Annie Oakley of Eagle River’s Bear Paw Festival arms herself not with six-shooters but a to-do list longer than a snake’s shadow at sundown. “I have a yellow legal pad of four pages of things I need to follow up on,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Special Events Director Merry Braham said recently from the chamber’s Eagle River office, which is currently a tornado of Paw-related activity.
Want to know how to raise chickens? Just ask Jude Lindenfelser. Or better yet, read her book. Lindenfelser, of Chugiak, recently self published a collection of essays that follow a year of raising chickens and selling eggs.
The first — and oldest — of two big area parades will again cap two days of Independence Day revelry in Chugiak-Eagle River. “It’s a go out at the fire station,” said Finis Shelden, who is helping organize this year’s July 3 Celebration.
Chelsea Berry’s music career may be taking off Outside, but the 2001 Chugiak High graduate still needs to get her Alaska summer fix. “I’m going to be hanging out in the sun and fishing and hiking and camping as possible,” said Berry, who will be returning to her hometown for a special performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at Jitters Coffee House in Eagle River.
Despite a big victory in the most recent session of the Alaska Legislature, members of the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation say threats to Alaska’s financial future remain. “Folks, we have a budget that we just can’t sustain,” said Sen. Anna Fairclough, an Eagle River Republican whose move from the House to the Senate in 2012 helped win passage of a controversial bill to reduce taxes on oil and gas producers.
Sean E. Thomas is an addict. He just can’t stop writing murder mystery novels. The Eagle River author recently finished his tenth book, Frozen Treasure. “Once you start, it becomes addictive,” Thomas said of writing fiction.