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Walking in a Winter Wonderland December Issue 2 2013

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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.

Skating the issue December Issue 2 2013

Skating the issue

It’s the issue that never ends. It just goes on and on again. And the longer it continues, the more it impacts the McDonald Center. The controversy concerning what slice of the capital budget will fund the much-debated indoor tennis court facility failed to reach a consensus at the Dec. 2 Anchorage Assembly meeting.

Management challenge: Inlet ‘fish wars’ escalate as king productivity ebbs December Issue 2 2013

Management challenge: Inlet ‘fish wars’ escalate as king productivity ebbs

It’s a lesson every elected official in Alaska learns firsthand sooner or later, and Gov. Sean Parnell got a fresh reminder this past April in the waning days of the legislative session when his nomination of Vince Webster to a second term on the Board of Fisheries was rejected by a 30-29 vote.

Rural Discount Center to close its doors December Issue 1 2013

Rural Discount Center to close its doors

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.

Natural decorations December Issue 1 2013

Natural decorations

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.

Questions remain about king counts after ADFG shift to high-tech sonar December Issue 1 2013

Questions remain about king counts after ADFG shift to high-tech sonar

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.

Carrying it for you December Issue 1 2013

Carrying it for you

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.

A record-setting event December Issue 1 2013

A record-setting event

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.

Creating crafts behind bars December Issue 1 2013

Creating crafts behind bars

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.

November Issue 4 2013

MEA announces slight rate reduction

Matanuska Electric Association announced a slight rate reduction starting the first quarter of 2014. Base rates will decrease by 1.13 percent, according to a Nov. 14 press release. The average MEA member — which uses just under 800 kilowatt hours of electricity each month — will see a monthly decrease of 98 cents, MEA spokesman Kevin Brown said in the release.

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