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Shaking it up December Issue 1 2014

Shaking it up

When the next big shaker hits, there is a group of students at Eagle River Elementary School that are well prepared to handle it. As part of an after-school earthquake and disaster preparedness club, approximately 30 students grade three through six have learned much more than just the duck and cover routine. Their knowledge of what causes earthquakes, what to do protect yourself and others nearby during an earthquake and how to proceed after the ground stops shaking now somewhat rivals that of the experts at the U.S. Geological Survey.

December Issue 1 2014

Getting thrifty is easy in Eagle River

Thrift, vintage, antique: when it comes to something old, Eagle River-Chugiak’s got a lot of something new. Two shops, Forget-Me-Not in Chugiak and Whatnot Consignments, established in 1985, have long been local favorites. The Possibilities Shop and Pretty Thrifty, another two, opened within months of each other at the end of 2013.

The Hills were singing November Issue 4 2014

The Hills were singing

More than 130 girls, adult volunteers and community leaders turned out for the grand opening of Camp Singing Hills, a Girl Scouts of Alaska owned property in Chugiak Nov. 16. Speakers included Sen. Anna Fairclough, Senator-elect Bill Stoltze, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Jane Angvik, Camp Singing Hills capital campaign chair.

Demboski proposes muni ban on marijuana industry November Issue 4 2014

Demboski proposes muni ban on marijuana industry

As Amy Demboski, the Eagle River-Chugiak representative on Anchorage Assembly, sat at Jitters Coffee Shop to interview about her proposed ordinance to ban commercial marijuana, she had to rise to greet a constituent who came up to her.

Money for smarts, and more November Issue 4 2014

Money for smarts, and more

Imagine getting money for passing tests, and not just a couple of dollars but a couple hundred of dollars. Sound far-fetched? Not to the Eagle River High School students who recently received chec

Watch out, it’s influenza season November Issue 3 2014

Watch out, it’s influenza season

It’s going around. If you caught it – or perhaps more accurately – if it caught you, you certainly know the misery it brings: Fever, coughing, sneezing, stuffed and dripping noses, nausea, tiredness and just that insatiable feeling of general yuck are some of the symptoms.

Polar inversion warms Southcentral Alaska November Issue 3 2014

Polar inversion warms Southcentral Alaska

Eagle River resident Andrew North is waiting for snow. “It’s very strange,” he said of the unusually warm, low-precipitation winter Southcentral Alaska’s been having. “I normally would appreciate if there was snow down. That means there’s more activities to do outside.”

Veterans Day events offer a chance to reminisce November Issue 3 2014

Veterans Day events offer a chance to reminisce

My father fought in the Korean War. Growing up, my sisters and I would sometimes play with his medals, encased in a small box lined in blue velvet. We were forbidden to play with these and so we treated them with reverence. We were too young to understand their solemn importance, we only knew that they were heavier than they looked, and that when we held them in our hands the medal warmed to the touch.

The faces of the “bazaar” November Issue 2 2014

The faces of the “bazaar”

The Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center was rocking out the holiday cheer last Saturday during its annual Holiday Bazaar. The parking lot was packed, and inside the center folks browsed from vendor to vendor, enjoying everything from handmade jewelry to scarves to candles to hair accessories and wood art and hats and books and, well, just about anything one might want to purchase as holiday gifts.

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