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Businesswomen go ‘Speed Networking’ January Issue 4 2015

Businesswomen go ‘Speed Networking’

The women gathered in the back room of the Elks Club in Eagle River each represented different business enterprises, yet they were all in attendance on the same mission: pass out information about their work and gather as many business cards as possible from others.

‘Poetry Out Loud’ competition attracts a crowd January Issue 4 2015

‘Poetry Out Loud’ competition attracts a crowd

The library at Eagle River High School was packed with students and not only the obligatory presence of parents a week ago as the school’s 10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition was held. Forget the stereotype of poets as people who page through dusty books, are eccentric societal outsiders continually in deep, reflective thought and oddly always wearing a beret.

Ready to rumble January Issue 4 2015

Ready to rumble

Let’s get ready to Rumbllllle. No, really. The fifth annual Rumble Cup is up for grabs yet again as Eagle River High wrestlers host Chugiak this Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. And while Eagle River won the inaugural event, the Mustangs have dominated the past three years, even though the Wolves were favored on paper to win last year, said Eagle River High coach Chris Ruggles.

Dressed to impress January Issue 3 2015

Dressed to impress

Mark your calendars for the Friday night before Mother’s Day for a unique grassroots fashion show charity event featuring dresses and suits made from recycled materials worn by local models ranging in age from 12 to 80.

Bye, bye, Sen. Dyson, and budget concerns January Issue 3 2015

Bye, bye, Sen. Dyson, and budget concerns

The Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegates were in full force at the Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 7. And the big topic was the budget. Or, more importantly, how this year’s budget deficit will impact local projects and programs. But before the meeting even began, there was Sen. Fred Dyson.

McDonald Center reopens with pomp, dignitaries, cookies and ‘dogs January Issue 2 2015

McDonald Center reopens with pomp, dignitaries, cookies and ‘dogs

After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again. The reopening of the Harry J. McDonald Center was made official with a ribbon-cutting and everything including free skate rental and ice, along with cookies, hotdogs and door prizes.

A quick look back January Issue 1 2015

A quick look back

Well, 2014 was quite the year for Eagle River. We saw a lot of changes, big and small. There was building construction, and road construction (sitting out on Eagle River Road sipping coffee and waiting for the darned lane to open up, anyone?) and new businesses opening and old businesses folding and people winning races and running for Assembly and State Senate even an Assembly member making a bid for the Anchorage mayoral slot.

Ice, Ice, baby January Issue 1 2015

Ice, Ice, baby

After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again — or soon will be at the McDonald Center. Due to a nagging leak in the coolant lines embedded in the concrete floor, the whole floor and subfloor had to be taken out, said rink manager Reid McDonald.

“Jazzing” up Eagle River options January Issue 1 2015

“Jazzing” up Eagle River options

Popcorn aficionados, rejoice! A new store in Eagle River specializing in what you need to soothe the addiction to the sweet, crunchy and salty has opened. Jazzy Gourmet Popcorn is the vision of Cedric Roland – an Anchorage resident who couldn’t find the ideal space there to open a brick and mortar store. Spaces were either too small or too large or didn’t have the appropriate kitchen space. His wife, Cheryl saw a Craigslist advertisement for the spot that formerly housed a Thai food restaurant off the Old Glenn Highway. It had one of the key pieces of equipment Cedric needed: A 12-foot hood over the stove.

Prison program offers inmates skills for outside success October Issue 5 2014

Prison program offers inmates skills for outside success

The classroom at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center was serene and airy with silver-soft light filtering across the room. Bright nature murals sprawl across the walls and large windows overlook a tree-filled courtyard.

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