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July Issue 1 2013

Fire danger prompts warning

The Anchorage Fire Department is reminding residents that fireworks are illegal over the Fourth of July holiday. According to AFD, anyone caught using fireworks is subject to a $500 fine.

Hopper among Grammy quarterfinalists July Issue 1 2013

Hopper among Grammy quarterfinalists

Robin Hopper, a music teacher at Homestead Elementary, has been named one of 217 quarterfinalists for a Grammy Music Educator Award, the Foundation announced in May. “This came out of the blue for me,” Hopper said during an interview with the Star last month.

Returning to rock June Issue 4 2013

Returning to rock

Chelsea Berry’s music career may be taking off Outside, but the 2001 Chugiak High graduate still needs to get her Alaska summer fix. “I’m going to be hanging out in the sun and fishing and hiking and camping as possible,” said Berry, who will be returning to her hometown for a special performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at Jitters Coffee House in Eagle River.

Preparing for the worst June Issue 4 2013

Preparing for the worst

Dozens of bloody bodies were scattered across the rocky ground on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fire engulfed a plane in the background. Smoke swept over some victims, so thick they were nearly camouflaged.

A healthy addicition June Issue 4 2013

A healthy addicition

Sean E. Thomas is an addict. He just can’t stop writing murder mystery novels. The Eagle River author recently finished his tenth book, Frozen Treasure. “Once you start, it becomes addictive,” Thomas said of writing fiction.

June Issue 4 2013

Monica Devine – Renaissance Woman

In today’s society it seems the norm to spread ourselves thin with responsibilities. And for most of us — whether we like it or not — living this way stresses us out. For Monica Devine, this kind of lifestyle keeps her happily afloat in many art forms.

Busy for Bear Paw June Issue 4 2013

Busy for Bear Paw

The Annie Oakley of Eagle River’s Bear Paw Festival arms herself not with six-shooters but a to-do list longer than a snake’s shadow at sundown. “I have a yellow legal pad of four pages of things I need to follow up on,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Special Events Director Merry Braham said recently from the chamber’s Eagle River office, which is currently a tornado of Paw-related activity.

Fireworks and fun June Issue 4 2013

Fireworks and fun

The first — and oldest — of two big area parades will again cap two days of Independence Day revelry in Chugiak-Eagle River. “It’s a go out at the fire station,” said Finis Shelden, who is helping organize this year’s July 3 Celebration.

June Issue 4 2013

Legislators give midsummer report

Despite a big victory in the most recent session of the Alaska Legislature, members of the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation say threats to Alaska’s financial future remain. “Folks, we have a budget that we just can’t sustain,” said Sen. Anna Fairclough, an Eagle River Republican whose move from the House to the Senate in 2012 helped win passage of a controversial bill to reduce taxes on oil and gas producers.

Raising the chicken before eating the egg June Issue 4 2013

Raising the chicken before eating the egg

Want to know how to raise chickens? Just ask Jude Lindenfelser. Or better yet, read her book. Lindenfelser, of Chugiak, recently self published a collection of essays that follow a year of raising chickens and selling eggs.

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