Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne. The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.
Over the past year, Chugiak-Eagle River saw expansion, suffered tragedies, celebrated numerous awards and so much more. Here’s a look at some of the top stories of 2013.
Growing up in Eagle River, Chelsea Berry dreamed of becoming a conductor or composer. Instead she became a successful singer/songwriter. She credits much of this to Alaska folksinger Robin Hopper, who was her babysitter and her mother’s best friend. Throughout Berry’s childhood there was always folk music playing, always talk of musicians and songs.
It’s finally over. After too many amendments amending amendments, back-and-forth arguments and miffed retorts, the Anchorage Assembly voted to fund the controversial indoor tennis court/multi-use facility in Anchorage.
Each spring, as the early-run king salmon start returning to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game begins a four-month effort to manage fishing effort in a way that ensures enough salmon swim past fishermen of all types to meet escapement goals.
We’ve all seen and read news stories about people committing horrific crimes. But it’s the reason behind those acts that intrigues Shauna Norton. “That’s the part that fascinates me,” she said. “To find out the why.”
The Eklutna River Bridge replacement project is one step closer to completion. R&M Consultants, Inc. representatives unveiled a draft of the design study report at a Dec. 11 open house meeting at Chugiak Elementary.
Theater-goers don’t normally laugh through Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” That’s not the case at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s rendition of Peter Bloedel’s “A Seussified Christmas Carol.”
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).
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?”