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“First round lost” February Issue 3 2013

“First round lost”

This editorial by editor/publisher Rusty Bellringer ran in the Aug. 17, 1960 edition of the Knik Arm Courier.

February Issue 2 2013

“Plans for local prison”

From a column by editor Rusty Bellringer in the Knik Arm Courier, Oct. 7, 1970.

February Issue 1 2013

ER Shopping Center stays busy

From The Eagle, a weekly newspaper published by Shirl Mauldin, Jan. 18, 1963 edition.

January Issue 5 2013

“Number, please”

The Matanuska Telephone Association announces that June 30, 1963 will be the “Change-Over” date in the Greater Chugiak Area.

January Issue 4 2013

“Bearfoot Awards Announced”

The winners of the first annual “Bearfoot” awards for outstanding public service were announced at the annual meeting of the local Chamber of Commerce last Monday night in the Lions Den of the Eagle River Shopping Center.

January Issue 3 2013

“A few words from MTA”

In the early part of 1963, when Chugiak residents were all on party lines, Matanuska Telephone Association ran a weekly ¼ page notice in the Knik Arm Courier, addressing the problems subscribers might be having with their telephone service. The following is one that was printed in April 1963.

January Issue 2 2013

“Pair shipwrecked on Fire Lake”

Two fishermen who were enjoying an early morning boating expedition in Lower Fire Lake last Wednesday, had their fun rudely interrupted when their small boat swamped, dumping the pair into the water.

December Issue 4 2012

“The Eagle River Tri-Dri industry”

(From the March 30, 1960 edition of the Knik Arm Courier): A local father’s attempt to solve his own problem has given birth to one of the newest and fastest-growing industries in the community.

“Chubirglestead” December Issue 3 2012


It’s not a foreign language, merely a combination of CHUgiak, BIRchwood, EaGLE River and HomeSTEAD, the elementary schools involved in a winter sports carnival in the 1970s.

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