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MAD, SCARY FUN (and Kermit and Miss Piggy, too) October Issue 5 2014

MAD, SCARY FUN (and Kermit and Miss Piggy, too)

Monsters, action figures, princesses and pirates were out in full force at Fire Lake Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival on Oct. 24. The parking lot was packed and it was almost impossible to make it down the hallway without getting jabbed by someone’s elbow or hat or, in the case of one man’s costume choice, a very large nose.

October Issue 5 2014

Halloween tips to keep youngsters warm and safe

With partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of precipitation in the forecast for Friday night’s trick or treating, local mothers plan to employ standard child-warming tactics to keep their goblins, ghosts and monsters from catching too much cold while filling their buckets with candy.

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.

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater October Issue 5 2014

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater

When it came time for Ben Talotta to select his Eagle Scout project, the former Eagle Academy Charter School student thought of his elementary alma mater.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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