Students showcased their best work at the Eagle River High School Fine Arts Cabaret on April 10, which also served as a celebration of the school’s 10th anniversary. The cafeteria turned into a concert venue as choirs, the jazz ensemble, the combined band and orchestra, as well as voice and instrument soloists, performed. The commons area took on a museum appearance with rows of paintings, sketches and pottery pieces displayed. A long horizontal display of photos and newspaper articles documenting the school’s decade of existence took up the entire stage area. Demonstrations of art production in action included several students throwing and spinning clay projects on pottery wheels, and student Chasse Sexton drawing via computer with the result displayed on a giant screen for event attendees to watch.
The first time I met Mike Kowalewski at the Chugiak Senior Center, I thought, “This man is something else.” We’re part of a writer’s group that meets at the center every Friday afternoon. Mike is a vigorous man, animated and fun to be around. When you talk to him, his eyebrows arch up, and his blue eyes sparkle and crinkle with happy wrinkles. He smiles a lot, and his smile is an impish grin. He has a stocky build, and most often is dressedin blue jeans and a denim work shirt over suspenders, a typical sourdough outfit. He’s lived in Alaska for 48 years.
On a hot summer day, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce events director Merry Braham enjoyed a town picnic with her husband Mitch. Alaska singer-songwriter Scott Foster played a modern rock tune on the stage. When he finished, she and Mitch clapped. Then, they did it all over again, only this time, without making noise.
Jamarus Spires, a 31-year-old man from Anchorage, died after falling from a cliff in the Eklutna area on April 12, according to the Anchorage Police Department. The next of kin have been notified. A woman called APD Dispatch around 4:15 p.m. that day and said her boyfriend had fallen off a cliff near Mile 1 of Eklutna Lake Road. The couple was out for a hike with two children, according to police. The man fell several hundred feet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, Mat-Com, and Alaska State Troopers air support responded but were unable to retrieve the body. Alaska Mountain Rescue Group responders were able to get to the body, but couldn’t retrieve it.
Sami Taylor walks into a classroom at Eagle River Christian School with her Canon camera, and the students know it’s time to smile. Taylor, a senior, is in her second year as the school’s official volunteer yearbook photographer. School officials saw her work and asked her to take on duties behind the camera alleviate teachers from relying on their cell phone cameras to capture images.
The Glenn Highway was closed for all inbound traffic near Eklutna Exit on late Friday afternoon, April 3 after a fatal accident that left two dead and two injured. According to Anchorage Police Department, at around 4:30 p.m. 38-year-old Derek Monk lost control of his Dodge Durango while driving in the right-hand outbound lane of the Glenn Highway. The Durango struck a vehicle in the left outbound lane, before going over the median and into inbound traffic, colliding head-on with a Santa Fe Hyundai.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The race for the mayor’s seat in Anchorage is headed for a runoff election after no candidate received more than the mandatory 45 percent of the vote for an outright win. In Tuesday’s municipal election, front-runner Ethan Berkowitz garnered nearly 37 percent of the vote, with more than 99 percent of precincts reporting by Wednesday morning.
An SUV ran a red light at the corner of Old Glenn Highway and Eagle River Road on Tuesday evening, March 31, careening across a ditch and into three parked cars at the UAA Eagle River campus before smashing into the building where the Key Bank is located, knocking over one of the white decorative columns and bulldozing part of the inside of the building, according to police reports.
On Friday, April 3, Anchorage police cited Joshua Whittaker, 54 of Anchorage, for criminal mischief in connection with vandalism of mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s campaign signs. Demboski posted a youtube video that shows her confronting Whittaker in the Fireweed Theater parking lot about the vandalism. In a statement she said she and some volunteers were waiting near those signs that remained undamaged in hopes of catching the vandal, and Demboski waited for about 20 minutes before she saw Whittaker approach her sign with a utility knife.