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School district permits new devices in class August Issue 3 2013

School district permits new devices in class

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.

Incentivized education August Issue 3 2013

Incentivized education

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.

Local violinist hitting high notes August Issue 2 2013

Local violinist hitting high notes

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.

No injuries in Tuesday fire August Issue 2 2013

No injuries in Tuesday fire

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.

U.K. man raises money for Fisher House August Issue 2 2013

U.K. man raises money for Fisher House

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.

August Issue 2 2013

Loan dominates Tour again, takes 10th title

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.

Monofill hearing scheduled August Issue 2 2013

Monofill hearing scheduled

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.

An emotional Relay August Issue 2 2013

An emotional Relay

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.

No injuries in Chugiak house fire August Issue 1 2013

No injuries in Chugiak house fire

Eagle River cabin vandalized August Issue 1 2013

Eagle River cabin vandalized

A small cabin in Eagle River recently suffered some big time vandalism. When caretaker Tom Staudenmaire went to check on the cabin at the end of Domain Lane near St. Andrew Catholic Church, he found nearly all of its contents thrown outside. Boxes of paperwork littered the front yard. The stove and file cabinets were tossed down a nearby hill.

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