Crack! A deep, white spider web leapt across the windshield. The low rumble of engines on a Colombian Air Force aircraft was interrupted by the splintering sound of fractured glass. The pilots exchanged glances, checked safety lights, monitored their position and barked commands. Cabin pressure read normal, but the entire glass pane was split from end to end. It would be difficult to see, let alone safely fly. The aircraft had to descend. The plane radioed the control tower.
A war broke out in the sky above Alaska last week. Fortunately, everyone was on the same side. On Friday, Aug. 23, forces from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base concluded a two-week international training exercise with Japan, Australia and the Republic of Korea with a mock battle.
Families in Chugiak have found a surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Grow ‘em. Led by several dedicated parent and student volunteers — along with support from staff at the school — “Rams Roots” is a new community garden project at Chugiak Elementary School that recently had its first harvest. On Aug. 20, gardeners spent a drizzly early fall afternoon picking a bumper crop of cabbage, peas, cucumber, herbs and more from the muddy soil. They’ll pull potatoes and carrots next month from the nine rows of brightly colored wooden boxes that make up the garden near the school’s main entryway.
Want to get your youngster enrolled in Head Start? Now’s your chance. The Head Start program at Chugiak’s CCS Early Learning has 10 spots available for the coming school year, which starts Wednesday, Sept. 4.
According to rankings compiled by the State of Alaska, schools in Chugiak-Eagle River are among the highest-ranked in the Anchorage School District and statewide.
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.
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.
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.