Archive of: Top Stories



June Issue 2 2015

Alaskan ‘Erin’s Law’ has hope of passing

Cindy Moore’s daughter, Breanna Moore, was killed on June 26, 2014, a victim of dating violence. Cindy Moore said she just wants parents, teens and children to have the information they need to learn about healthy relationships, recognize the warning signs of dangerous or unhealthy relationships, and report appropriately when they’re being abused.

For Eagle River couple, going all in on local food feeds a growing passion June Issue 1 2015

For Eagle River couple, going all in on local food feeds a growing passion

A commitment to eating locally-produced food isn’t convenient. When one chooses to grow all of one’s own food, it becomes even more challenging.

Healing power June Issue 1 2015

Healing power

People talk about the school bully – someone who consistently pushes other people around. They talk less about the school target.

Bullying in the age of social media June Issue 1 2015

Bullying in the age of social media

Our cover story, about a man who received an apology from one of his bullies 20 years after the fact, involves two men who are graduates of Chugiak High School. The Star wanted to know, what does the social landscape look like in high school today, when it comes to bullying in an age of Facebook, Snapchat and Tumblr? Social media sites can spread gossip, photos, or other kinds of social aggression against a target far and wide. I sat down with four Chugiak High School juniors, told them about our cover story, and listened to what they had to say about bullying and social media, and what they think parents and teachers can do to help them have healthy social experiences in high school.

June Issue 1 2015

Fatal crash on Old Glenn investigated

Anchorage police say alcohol and excess speed are suspected factors in a fatal car crash last Wednesday night that claimed the life of one young man.

May Issue 4 2015

Man charged with sign vandalism in mayoral race enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Joshua Whittaker, 54 of Anchorage, was arraigned May 8 for a charge of criminal mischief property destruction related to his alleged defacing of former mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s political signs.

‘You fight for love’ May Issue 4 2015

‘You fight for love’

Bill Martin shouldered an army surplus rucksack, walked out the door of the Brooklyn home he shared with his father, and set out for anywhere. At 16, he’d thumbed the pages of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” more times than he could remember.

May Issue 3 2015

Living in a neurotypical world

Melodie Radcliffe spent the past week updating the Individual Education Plans for her special education students, writing meticulous notes for this fall’s incoming teacher, documenting the idiosyncrasies of each of her students.

A Chugiak legend May Issue 3 2015

A Chugiak legend

She wore a yellow scarf. Ella, slender, beautiful brown-haired Ella, riding a bicycle through Chugiak’s main street with two friends, riding all the way from Canada because ever since she was a school girl in Sweden, she had wanted to go to Alaska.

May Issue 2 2015

EDITORIAL: Advice to graduates: know yourself

Before the first Russian missionary, St. Juvenaly, arrived to the Knik area in 1796, the Dena’ina Athabascan people lived, loved and learned about their world and themselves in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for millennia, making observations and developing a unique culture and set of life philosophies.

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