Last week’s trek back-to-school in the Chugiak-Eagle River area featured plenty of trendy and uber cute outfits, new classes, locker assignments and oh yes, a reconvening of the sharing of the germs, viruses and bacteria inadvertently and unintentionally attached to the students who have been separated for the past couple months by summer vacation.
Anyone who isn’t aware we have one of the best berry crops in years has been locked inside a closet. If you’re inclined toward hiking above the tree line you’ll notice a proliferation of blueberries and crowberries. I haven’t seen it myself, but I’m told that down toward Girdwood and farther south on the Kenai Peninsula, the wild salmon berries and raspberries are also profuse.
The spacious and airy new Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center dining room was packed with a standing-room-only crowd during the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on July 30, and they came for more than the food and cake, too.
HOMER: Roan Hall, 16, of Chugiak, has become the first recipient of the AFS-Peter Larson Memorial Scholarship. Hall was awarded the $1,000 grant by Flo Larson and met with her at Finn’s Pizza on Monday. The funds will help support a year living and studying in Steinkjer, Norway, as an AFS exchange student.
Two bedroom units remain available for applicants 55 years or older interested in taking up residence at the new Coronado Park Senior Village in downtown Eagle River.
For those who have perused my ‘Mountain Echoes’ column over the years, it’s probably quite evident what my favorite hikes are. But there’s nothing wrong with a review. What I hope is to peak your interest in trying a few out yourself. I’ll start with my absolute favorite and work down the list, with the caveat that even number 10, at the bottom of the list, is stellar in my opinion.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
Gov. Parnell, surrounded by representatives of the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation, signed six bills into action at last week’s chamber luncheon at the Bear Mountain Grill.
It was loud. The engine churned and roared, and as we took off down the runaway at Merrill Field last Wednesday, the small WW II T-6 trainer plane shook as if with effort.
Deb Vanasse sits out on the deck of her house out on Hiland Road, casually dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, her hand idly stroking the head of her energetic boxer, McKenzie. Behind her the valley stretches wide and far, and out in the distance two eagles float across the sky.