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.
Approximately 14,000 Matanuska Electric Association members in the Chugiak-Eagle River area lost power four about four hours Monday, Nov. 4. Damaged equipment at the Pipple substation north of Eagle River caused the outage, said MEA spokesperson Kevin Brown.
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.
The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet. Users in all of those areas faced severe restrictions.
Two people died in an early morning shooting Oct. 17 in Chugiak. After its preliminary investigation, Anchorage Police said it was a murder-suicide that killed Nita Kilapsuk, 40, and Michael Hagood, 49. Kilapsuk, of Nuiqsut, called police just after 4 a.m. to report a verbal argument between her and Hagood, Kilapsuk’s boyfriend. During the call, Kilapsuk said she wanted to leave the residence — a converted People Move bus — on the 21000 block of Valley Avenue, but Hagood, of Anchorage, had a gun and wouldn’t let her leave, APD said.
Out of the ashes of arson, a new home was created for Alaska’s Girl Scouts. The 40-acre property, Camp Singing Hills, is located on the banks of Edmonds Lake in Chugiak. The camp will include a three-floor lodge — complete with a kitchen, showers and loft sleeping quarters — canoe storage and a dock, and four yurts for year-round camping. Outdoor education sites, two trails and a playing field will surround the buildings.
Five people who drove onto mudflats on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and got stuck were rescued by helicopter Saturday, Oct. 19. A husband and wife got stuck while off-roading in a jeep on Route Bravo Road, said Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Matteson, a battalion chief with the 673rd Civil Engineering Squadron.
The Alaska Fine Arts Academy has several ongoing programs and activities. Here’s a look at what they offer: Play continues: The final two shows of “Shake, Rattle and Rot: The Zombie Musical” will be put on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.akfinearts.org or by calling 694-8909. General admission is $14 — seniors, military and children 12 and younger are $12.
With colder temperatures and impending snow comes the end of the construction season. Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on with the major projects in the Chugiak-Eagle River area.
One-stop shopping is coming to Chugiak. Three Bears is opening a new store off the North Birchwood exit across from The Crossing church. The store is a combination of a grocery store and a warehouse, said Steve Mierop, Three Bears vice president and chief financial officer.