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First ascent May Issue 4 2013

First ascent

Five Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 212th Rescue Squadron became the first group to reach the 20,320-foot peak of Mount McKinley this year, summiting North America’s tallest mountain May 9.

ER Road project is underway May Issue 4 2013

ER Road project is underway

Work is underway on a $16.9 million state project to improve Eagle River Road. Alaska Department of Transportation project manager Steve Frey said the initial tree-cutting phase caused some consternation among residents in neighborhoods along the road.

May Issue 4 2013

School’s out forever

The students won’t be the only ones leaving Chugiak High this week. The last day of the 2012-13 school year is today (May 23), while tomorrow is the last day for teachers — marking the end of three longtime teachers’ careers. Robin Pekrul, Andy Sullivan and Jon Schroeder have been working at CHS for a combined 83 years.

Special delivery May Issue 3 2013

Special delivery

Doña Mahurin has an iron-grip handshake forged by years as a civilian firefighter and medic on the U.S. Army’s Fort Richardson. But those years of toil also took a toll on Mahurin’s back, and the Chugiak retiree now has a difficult time with household chores like cooking dinner.

Watch out! May Issue 3 2013

Watch out!

Last summer, three people were mauled by bears in Eagle River and another — a young girl playing behind her home — was trampled by a moose.

A big job May Issue 3 2013

A big job

Throughout his two-decade-long career in the Coast Guard, Cpt. Paul Mehler III has traveled throughout the country and the world. Now, he can add Alaska to his list.

Free dump day draws a crowd May Issue 2 2013

Free dump day draws a crowd

Anchorage Landfill superintendent Jim Brown thinks it’s a good idea for the public to be able to see where their trash goes. “I think for a lot of people it’s an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ thing,” Brown said during a recent ride-along tour of the muni’s sprawling facility off Hiland Road.

May Issue 2 2013

Soldier sentenced for Christmas Day shooting

A member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a court martial on base Thursday, May 2.

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