It was a horrific scene. Behind Eagle River High on April 24, two vehicles had collided. Bloody bodies were strewn about the wreckage. As one student lay dying, another was being questioned by a police officer about her involvement in the crash. Emergency personnel rushed to and fro, doing what they could for the injured.
Punxsutawney Phil was a bit off. On Feb. 2, the world’s most famous groundhog emerged from his winter den and didn’t see his shadow, foretelling a quick spring and early summer. Yeah, right.
Terror hit too close to home Monday, when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. More than 40 Alaskans — including three from Chugiak-Eagle River — signed up for this year’s event, arguably the world’s most famous footrace. In the minutes after the attack, people around the world and right here at home were gripped with fear for their friends, family and loved ones potentially in harm’s way.
Someone in Eagle River vandalized several political signs on Election Day, a cowardly and un-American act if there ever was one. Who committed the vandalism is still unknown, although there are several disturbing facts about the incident that leave us wondering about the campaign of an Anchorage Assembly candidate and her supporters.
In our March 28 edition, the Star ran a column that painted an unfavorable picture of a local restaurant’s vegetarian eating options (“No Meat, No Problem,” Page 13).
Ok, so the big snowfall we got recently might have come as a springtime surprise, but let’s think positive.
Sometimes the struggles of life can seem unbearable. In just 24 short hours, we’ve got to figure out how to manage work or school, exercise, family, friends, relationships, entertainment, social media…the list goes on and on! Simply getting up in the morning can be a real chore when what we’d really like to do is stay under the covers and hide from the world all day.
Sterling’s Mitch Seavey won the 2013 Iditarod Tuesday night, outracing Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle to the finish line by a little more than a half hour.
We were thrilled — and more than a bit awed — to see Chugiak’s own Jim Lanier was once again donning his signature hockey pads at the start of this year’s Iditarod March 3 on Willow Lake. If there’s someone who embodies the independent Chugiak-Eagle River spirit, it’s Lanier.
Talk is cheap. Unfortunately, natural gas won’t be for much longer. That’s the message being sent by local utilities, whose predictions of a gas shortage have caused some folks to wonder seriously if they wouldn’t be better off burning wood.