Seventy-eight dog teams, including locals Jim Lanier of Chugiak and Philip Walters of Eagle River endured a sloppy start to this year’s Iditarod during the Ceremonial Start on March 7. The 11-mile trek commenced from Anchorage’s Fourth Avenue, down Cordova Street, then on bike trails before ending on the dog trails near Campbell Airstrip.
After West High sophomore Katherine Murray finished a presentation on suicide prevention at Haines Middle School last month, a little girl came up to her with a question. She wanted to know what she could do for a friend who was feeling depressed. Then she admitted that she was the one who was feeling depressed. She started crying.
Two Eagle River businesses were burglarized in the first week of March, with a total of $14,000 worth of items stolen. The first burglary, at June Agnes Circle off Monte Road, occurred at a newly-constructed home owned by Alexander Home Construction. It was reported to police the morning of March 3, and occurred sometime the night before. Anchorage police reported signs of forced entry through the man door of the garage, and noted “the gas was turned off and all the plumbing removed with a fair amount of skill” by the person or persons who stole an on-demand hot water heater inside.
SEWARD (AP) — A floating Arctic laboratory four decades in the making has arrived at its home port and stands poised to begin unlocking mysteries of one of the wildest places on Earth. The 261-foot Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO’-lee-ak) will leave Seward this month, sail around the Aleutian Islands and tuck into sea ice in the Bering Sea. The voyage will be the final trial for its reinforced hull, propulsion system and array of cranes and booms that will deploy instruments ranging from small submarines and plankton nets to buoys that weigh a ton.
Forget dissecting frogs in science class. Students in the BioTAPP program at Chugiak High School are conducting original biotechnology research. The program’s acronym stands for Biotechnology Training and Preparatory Program, and it’s one of a kind in Alaska, said instructor Aaron Kallas. “I thought it would be important for the emerging need for medical professionals and bio technicians within the state of Alaska,” Kallas said.
On Feb. 24, Pizza Man posted a special to its Facebook page “in observance of the start of Legalized Marijuana in Alaska,” a “Cheech and Chong” pizza with two smoked cheeses, oregano, pizza sauce and choice of shrimp or hamburger. Also on offer: the “Amy Demboski,” same ingredients, hold the oregano.
Sugar makes food sweet, but dieticians say Americans consume too much, increasing their risk of diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. Despite warnings from health professionals and a pile of research documenting the hazards of added sugar, getting out from under its influence could seem daunting. Sugar seems to be in nearly everything, added to foods most people would not expect, such as crackers, condiments and tomato sauce.
Last spring, the World Health Organization proposed guidelines limiting added sugar intake to five percent of calories per day. That amounts to 25 grams, or six tablespoons, for an adult. The American Heart Association recommends the same limit for women, and a slightly higher limit of almost 38 grams, or nine tablespoons, for men.
Athletes from the eight Anchorage high schools gathered for the Winter Regional cheerleading competition held at Dimond High Feb. 18. The state title will be held at South Anchorage High, March 17. The Chugiak Mustangs, coached by Breanna Lowe, had two squads in the competition – a competition co-ed and varsity basketball squad, as did Eagle River, taking part in the varsity basketball and competition divisions.