When I was a young child, I lived in an apartment at the corner of Sun Beau and Eagle River Loop Road, in a four-plex owned by my grandparents. It had a large, triangular front yard, and a sloping yellow corrugated awning that stretched out below the second-level balconies. I climbed the lone, large tree that grew in the yard’s center, made dandelion chains in the grass, and visited my grandmother’s greenhouse that sat atop Grandpa’s garage near the back of the property. I walked with my mother to the playground at Homestead Elementary. When I went to school there, my favorite field trip was the picnic at the creek by the local fire station, where we got fireman hats and ate sandwiches on the grass next to a footbridge.
I am a very opinionated person. I know just how things ought to be, particularly how my children’s hair should look. My little girls should have long, curly hair. It’s okay if their hair isn’t naturally curly; that happens to be why curlers were invented. I have enjoyed playing with Clara’s hair over the years, and looked forward to many more years of this blissful, girly bonding.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Star has gone through some changes that have caused some people to wonder about Morris Alaska’s dedication to the community. As the new publisher, I want you to know that you are important to our company and that we are working to reestablish our presence there.
My husband is gone, again. I really ought not complain. He’s just TDY (temporary duty) to the Lower 48 instead of deployed. I am a very lucky girl, currently he is in a non-deployable unit. Right now there are Army wives in Alaska with husbands in Kosovo.
Alaska is known for many things, the vast array of wildlife, breathtaking vistas, hunting, fishing and other recreational activities. But many people may not think of the peony flower when they think of Alaska. The truth is that the peony is a highly sought after commercial flower with a very limited growing season. Peony flowers require highly specific environmental conditions and Alaska is the only region in the world that is currently producing peonies between the months of July and September, a time when many of these flowers are sought for weddings. This has given Alaska a unique advantage and the industry is expanding on a daily basis.
Happy New Year! I am so excited that I get to spend the next year here in Alaska. Last year we finally began to really experience Alaska. I hiked Mt. Baldy for the first time. My husband and eldest son went on a hunting trip that necessitated the purchase of a new freezer. My husband went dip-netting, and I learned to cook salmon in a way my family will eat it. We camped from Homer to Denali National Park. With that taste of Alaska we are hungry for more and are making plans.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — When it comes to the voting power of Native populations in the U.S., Alaska comes out on top. Alaska Natives make up 17 percent of Alaska’s voting-age population, the highest percentage of any state, said Malia Villegas, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center director. Villegas gave a presentation on the Native vote at the joint Alaska Federation of Natives and NCAI conference Wednesday in Anchorage.
A man and a woman live in an old van in our neighborhood. They’ve been living there for over a year. We first noticed the van last winter, parked at the end of the road. We noticed it on the evenings we drove back from the gym. We naively assumed that the van belonged to the house near where it was parked. After a few months, though, we began to wonder, and a few nights later, we noticed a light on inside the van. In the glow of that dim bulb we made out the blurry features of a man and woman sitting in the front seats.
I cannot believe that it’s just a week until Christmas. It seems to have snuck up on me this year. Normally, I start playing Christmas music in November. This year between getting a new phone and a new computer in October, all my playlists were lost. Normally, I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, but we were out of town. Normally, I go to all the very cool art and craft shows, the Christmas tree lighting, and other fun holiday-themed activities. This year we were out of town, under quarantine for chicken pox, or celebrating birthdays. My husband is a December baby; while my son’s birthday was in November it was postponed because of travel.
The Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, representing 55 organizations that share an interest in sustaining salmon in the Mat-Su, hosted a conference in November. During the two days of the 2014 Mat-Su Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium, speaker after speaker gave detailed descriptions of recent and on-going projects that are providing baseline data and documenting the scope of impaired salmon habitat in the Mat-Su basin.