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Mayoral race heats up March Issue 3 2015

Mayoral race heats up

With a field of 12 candidates, the race for Anchorage Mayor (elections Tuesday, April 7) is heating up. Some political heavy-hitters are in the race, including former Anchorage assemblyman Dan Coffey, former Alaska state legislator and Anchorage Chamber President Andrew Halcro, former Alaska state legislator Ethan Berkowitz, and current Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski from Chugiak-Eagle River. At a meet and greet March 13, Demboski said she and her campaign staff were preparing to launch a strategy going into the final weeks of the campaign that includes a big media push.

Tasso takes state spelling bee title March Issue 3 2015

Tasso takes state spelling bee title

When he was four, Bryce Tasso was writing out numerals in every system he could learn about – Mayan, Roman, Ancient Greek. In kindegarten, he got bored at school and started reading college-level textbooks on anatomy and economics that he’d found. Later, at home, while his parents and younger brother played outside, he scrawled the mathematical equations he’d read in the economics textbook in chalk on the driveway.

Two businesses burglarized in one week March Issue 2 2015

Two businesses burglarized in one week

Two Eagle River businesses were burglarized in the first week of March, with a total of $14,000 worth of items stolen. The first burglary, at June Agnes Circle off Monte Road, occurred at a newly-constructed home owned by Alexander Home Construction. It was reported to police the morning of March 3, and occurred sometime the night before. Anchorage police reported signs of forced entry through the man door of the garage, and noted “the gas was turned off and all the plumbing removed with a fair amount of skill” by the person or persons who stole an on-demand hot water heater inside.

Wisdom and youth on the Iditarod trail March Issue 2 2015

Wisdom and youth on the Iditarod trail

Seventy-eight dog teams, including locals Jim Lanier of Chugiak and Philip Walters of Eagle River endured a sloppy start to this year’s Iditarod during the Ceremonial Start on March 7. The 11-mile trek commenced from Anchorage’s Fourth Avenue, down Cordova Street, then on bike trails before ending on the dog trails near Campbell Airstrip.

High school students take lead in suicide prevention March Issue 2 2015

High school students take lead in suicide prevention

After West High sophomore Katherine Murray finished a presentation on suicide prevention at Haines Middle School last month, a little girl came up to her with a question. She wanted to know what she could do for a friend who was feeling depressed. Then she admitted that she was the one who was feeling depressed. She started crying.

Too much sugar? March Issue 1 2015

Too much sugar?

Sugar makes food sweet, but dieticians say Americans consume too much, increasing their risk of diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. Despite warnings from health professionals and a pile of research documenting the hazards of added sugar, getting out from under its influence could seem daunting. Sugar seems to be in nearly everything, added to foods most people would not expect, such as crackers, condiments and tomato sauce.

Marijuana goes from illicit drug to household herb March Issue 1 2015

Marijuana goes from illicit drug to household herb

On Feb. 24, Pizza Man posted a special to its Facebook page “in observance of the start of Legalized Marijuana in Alaska,” a “Cheech and Chong” pizza with two smoked cheeses, oregano, pizza sauce and choice of shrimp or hamburger. Also on offer: the “Amy Demboski,” same ingredients, hold the oregano.

Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School March Issue 1 2015

Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School

Forget dissecting frogs in science class. Students in the BioTAPP program at Chugiak High School are conducting original biotechnology research. The program’s acronym stands for Biotechnology Training and Preparatory Program, and it’s one of a kind in Alaska, said instructor Aaron Kallas. “I thought it would be important for the emerging need for medical professionals and bio technicians within the state of Alaska,” Kallas said.

Added sugar lurks in unexpected places March Issue 1 2015

Added sugar lurks in unexpected places

Last spring, the World Health Organization proposed guidelines limiting added sugar intake to five percent of calories per day. That amounts to 25 grams, or six tablespoons, for an adult. The American Heart Association recommends the same limit for women, and a slightly higher limit of almost 38 grams, or nine tablespoons, for men.

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