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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.

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.

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.

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.

February Issue 2 2015

Top V-Day dates in Chugiak-Eagle River

Feeling the attraction of a Valentine’s Day date in the big city? Don’t overlook the hangouts in your humble hometown. Chugiak-Eagle River’s offerings might not be as fancy as what you could find at those swank urban hot spots to the south. But it’s got other, more endearing charms.

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.

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.

Morris Publishing Group names Lochner editor of the Star February Issue 1 2015

Morris Publishing Group names Lochner editor of the Star

Mary Lochner has been named editor of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star. “I’m thrilled to be my hometown newspaper’s new editor,” Lochner said. “Chugiak-Eagle River is a great community, and I look forward to working with writers, photographers and local people to help tell its stories.”

Chugiak High qualifies 11 for state; Eagle River advances 6 February Issue 1 2015

Chugiak High qualifies 11 for state; Eagle River advances 6

Much of the crowd was still buzzing over the 145-pound Regional championship match between Eagle River’s Marcus Amico and top-seeded Rami Pellumbi, of South Anchorage, even more than an hour after Saturday’s evening’s last title match at Chugiak High.

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