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Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof February Issue 4 2015

Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof

During rehearsal last week for the Gruening Middle School production of “Juliet… Where Are Thou?” eighth grader Ian Burdick wore a red dress, his naturally deep voice transformed into a screech as he performed his lines from behind a red fan, fluttering his eyelashes for an overdone feminine effect.

Army hears Alaska loud and clear on force cuts February Issue 4 2015

Army hears Alaska loud and clear on force cuts

It felt like a high school pep rally, but the result is far more important than any Friday night football game. Alaska leaders joined hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Feb. 23 — an effort to demonstrating the state’s support of the military before a U.S. Army panel tasked with determining which bases should lose troops.

February Issue 3 2015

Job center loses staff to budget cuts

The Eagle River Job Center is losing one of its two staff members next month due to a reduction in federal funding, officials with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said last week.

Consul shares Lithuanian heritage with fellow Alaskans February Issue 3 2015

Consul shares Lithuanian heritage with fellow Alaskans

Svaja Vansauskas Worthington was just 18 months old when her family fled Lithuania to escape the devastation caused by World War II. Between the forced evacuation of the Jewish quarter in the Vilnius ghetto, and the change from a pre-war Russian-occupied Lithuania to a wartime German occupation and then a re-occupation by the Russians again, Lithuania’s future looked grim. Her family moved to the displaced persons camp in the American quarter in Berlin, Germany, and her father worked several years to relocate his family to the United States.

People Mover to cut Peters Creek service February Issue 3 2015

People Mover to cut Peters Creek service

Starting June 1, bus service to Peters Creek will be reduced or nixed altogether. On Feb. 12, the Public Transit Advisory Board gave recommendations to People Mover on its final plan for making changes to bus service this year. The original plan called for cutting service off to Peters Creek, with the 102 route terminating at the North Birchwood Park and Ride.

Students take the lead in parent conferences February Issue 3 2015

Students take the lead in parent conferences

Gone is the long wait outside the classroom for middle school students while their parents or guardians talk with teachers during parent conferences. Instead, the Anchorage School District is moving to a student-led model.

Fleischhacker to state spelling bee February Issue 2 2015

Fleischhacker to state spelling bee

When fifth-grader Hunter Fleischhacker heard the word “sesame” announced as the one he’d need to spell correctly to win the Birchwood ABC Elementary School spelling bee, he thought of the popular preschool television show.

Chugiak wrestling team places sixth in state February Issue 2 2015

Chugiak wrestling team places sixth in state

Chugiak High School hosted the 2015 ASAA 4A Alaska State Wrestling Championships Feb. 6 and 7. The Chugiak Mustangs placed sixth overall, thanks to three points by 190-pound champion senior Jesse Nelson. His win provided separation from East Anchorage in team scoring during the two-day championships.

Pets die in house fire February Issue 2 2015

Pets die in house fire

Firefighters worked to douse the flames of an Eagle River house fire on the corner of Easy and Lazy Streets Saturday, marshalling 12 fire units from Anchorage, Eagle River and Chugiak. The home is a local landmark, well known for the annual Christmas light show set to music put on in years past by owner David Mikowski.

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