This year, Chugiak and Eagle River High students will be permitted to use their cellphones in class — well, some classes. The two local high schools, along with East High and Romig Middle School, are part of a pilot program that permits students to use devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets for educational purposes.
Emotions continue to run high in the battle over a proposal to develop an inert waste landfill in Chugiak. After three hours of public testimony on the matter Monday, Aug. 12, the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission continued its public hearing until after a work session scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19 can be completed. Commissioners said they want more time to hear from developers about their long-term plans for the site where the so-called “monofill” would be located.
A few new bosses are in town. Ravenwood Elementary, Birchwood ABC Elementary and Chugiak High each have new principals for the 2013-14 school year.
The expression “school is your job” will take on a whole new meaning this year for some Eagle River High students. ERHS students who pass the AP exam in English, math and/or science at the end of the year with a score of 3 or higher will be paid $100 per passing grade.
Brendon Mezzetti’s violin is the Eagle River teen’s ticket around the world. Mezzetti, 18, recently returned home from a world tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a collection of 120 of the nation’s top young classical musicians assembled by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institue in New York.
A young man by the name of Ollie Plunket recently decided to take a seven-month motorcycle ride for charity. The mission of this 18-year-old from Buckingham, England, was to help military members and their families get the care and support they need overseas. He was raising money for the newly built Fisher House, the only one in the United Kingdom, which opened in June.
Sheryl Loan held off daughter Kinsey for her record 10th Tour of Anchorage Title Sunday following the fifth and final stage of the four-day race series. The elder Loan finished the tour in 5 hours, 38 minutes, 8 seconds to better her daughter by 1:53 in the Expert Women division. Amber Stull was third, more than a minute behind Kinsey Loan.
No one was injured in a Chugiak house fire Tuesday, Aug. 6 that caused at least $300,000 in damages, according to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. A combined 10 units from the CVFD and the Anchorage Fire Department responded to the blaze, said incident commander Clifton Dalton with the CVFD. The fire, which was called in by a neighbor at around 7:30 a.m., was under control within about 15 minutes, he said.
Sometimes making donuts means making a difference. At this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life, the fundraising team of Stevie Larson, Belicia Norris, Cindy Henie and Teresa Pitt dished donuts as their way of fighting cancer.
The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission (PNZ) will meet Monday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Assembly chambers in the Loussac Library in Anchorage, where they’ll take public testimony regarding a proposed monofill site in Chugiak. PNZ is considering an application by Eklutna Inc. to rezone property the Native corporation owns off Kerbow Lane in Chugiak.