As I drive to work, I pass by my favorite coffee shop as I travel down the familiar roads of Eagle River. Eagle River holds many of my dear memories, from childhood to recent years. As a graduate of Chugiak High School, I appreciate the excellent education I received from teachers, as well as, my community. One of my first jobs at a local photo shop taught me the importance of community and the comfort of seeing familiar faces. That strong sense of community is at the heart of my teaching at Eagle River High School. I began my journey to become an educator right here in my hometown of Eagle River, pursued my BA and Masters at UAA. I am a product of our public schools and our state university.
Last week Rep. Munoz was the pivotal Yes vote on Senate Bill 49, the bill that attempts to establish a medical definition in state law for publicly funded abortions. Three of Rep. Munoz’s caucus members - Reps. Austerman, Edgmon, and Holmes - voted against the bill. Two minority members - Reps. Gara and Guttenberg - joined them in voting no on SB 49. If Rep. Munoz had also voted no, the bill would have died in committee.
Violent video games are constantly getting a bad wrap. In my opinion, violent videogames are not only fun but harmless, as violence is only the setting piece for bigger picture—the experience of the videogame.
The Alaskan Scottish Club has been presenting the Alaskan Scottish Highland Games for the past 32 years, and most of those Games have been held at Eagle River Lions Club Park. Early games were held on the first Saturday in August. In later years the games were switched to the last Saturday in June. In some of the middle years, dates floated around a bit so as not to conflict with Elmendorf AFB Air Shows. Two years, 1995 and 1996, the games were held in Anchorage. Now, after a long and successful run in Eagle River, the games are moving to the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. The games have simply outgrown the Lions facility on Eagle River Rd.
As a teacher, and as a single mother of three girls in the Anchorage School District, I have some very serious concerns about Alaska Senate Joint Resolution 9.
In the news is the “ Campus gun bill before committee.” There is nothing more important in the world for a student to get an A in their class. An armed student is in a much better position to negotiate with the teacher to get an A in class than an unarmed student.
Lots of voices claiming the gospel of oil taxes. By August voter decisions are likely to boil down to whose gospel voters trust. Has Rick Mystrom forgotten that five legislators were found guilty of bribery charges related to the VECO scandal and their “yes” votes on a bill quite similar to the legislation he is defending today?
I would like to thank everyone who donated warm items to Project Homeless Connect last year. This year we had over 2000 warm items to give away. We appreciate The Tangled Skein and Far North Yarn Co. for allowing us to place a collection bin in their place of business.
To offer another angle on all the posturing and passion regarding the current debate about school funding, consider these results of the legislature’s three year “get fit” funding diet on the school I teach at, Eagle River High.