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A look inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center November Issue 2 2013

A look inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

Mike Gilligan has a tough job. As superintendent of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, he’s responsible for the safety of the facility’s 110 employees and 450 current inmates, as well as the residents of Chugiak-Eagle River.

Salmon species other than kings thriving around state November Issue 1 2013

Salmon species other than kings thriving around state

On a bright July day, Auke Bay’s Don Statter Harbor was overflowing with commercial fishing vessels. Each slip appeared to be filled, as fishermen from across the state and the Pacific Northwest arrived to participate in the opening of a scheduled salmon fishery.

L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R takes the stage November Issue 1 2013

L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R takes the stage

What do you get when you combine comedy, song and dance and a spelling bee? Eagle River High’s latest musical. The school is putting on three shows of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” today (Thursday, Nov. 7) through Saturday, Nov. 9.

Birchwood residents upset with MEA November Issue 1 2013

Birchwood residents upset with MEA

When a Matanuska Electric Association representative came knocking at Birchwood resident Kevin McNamara’s door last fall and said the company would soon double the size of a nearby substation, McNamara didn’t see how it would affect him, he said.

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously November Issue 1 2013

Alaska National Guard takes sexual assault seriously

As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.

Statewide king salmon decline points to outside forces November Issue 1 2013

Statewide king salmon decline points to outside forces

The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet. Users in all of those areas faced severe restrictions.

Short power outage affects thousands November Issue 1 2013

Short power outage affects thousands

Approximately 14,000 Matanuska Electric Association members in the Chugiak-Eagle River area lost power four about four hours Monday, Nov. 4. Damaged equipment at the Pipple substation north of Eagle River caused the outage, said MEA spokesperson Kevin Brown.

November Issue 1 2013

School district seeks public opinion on budget

The Anchorage School District is starting the budget process for the 2014-15 school year — and its wants the public to weigh in. A meeting will be held today (Thursday, Nov. 7) at Gruening Middle School at 6 p.m. The district is looking to cut $20 million to $25 million from the budget for next year, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said. The meeting will give the public a forum to share its thoughts on where the cuts should come from.

October Issue 4 2013

Grand jury indicts mother of dead newborn

The mother of a newborn baby that was found dead in an Eagle River park Oct. 15 was charged with second-degree murder Friday, Oct. 25.

October Issue 4 2013

Helicopter rescues 5 stuck in mudflats on JBER

Five people who drove onto mudflats on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and got stuck were rescued by helicopter Saturday, Oct. 19. A husband and wife got stuck while off-roading in a jeep on Route Bravo Road, said Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Matteson, a battalion chief with the 673rd Civil Engineering Squadron.

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