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Autistic students design dress to raise awareness April Issue 5 2015

Autistic students design dress to raise awareness

It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.

Bear sightings group alerts neighbors, advocates for safe trash disposal April Issue 5 2015

Bear sightings group alerts neighbors, advocates for safe trash disposal

Tami Jones saw movement outside her kitchen window as she opened the garage door of her West Lake Drive home in Eagle River. A black bear stood on his hind legs watching through the kitchen window as Jones’ daughter tickled and chased her granddaughter in the kitchen. Jones said she thinks the bear was curious about the squealing noises.

Indigenous art April Issue 5 2015

Indigenous art

In the Mexican town of El Arenal, Ray Gaytan had a simple life, growing up on a farm ranch with a home set among green hills. At night, he and his siblings would listen to grandmother and auntie tell stories by the light of an oil lamp.

April Issue 5 2015

Demboski, Berkowitz battle for mayor’s seat

Polls open May 5 for the mayoral election, with Amy Demboski against Ethan Berkowitz after a first round of voting in April left two contenders. Demboski said she won’t apologize for making ideology an issue in the non-partisan race. “Ideology matters,” she said. “When you have someone grounded in values that represent integrity and honesty, that’s important. When you talk about ideology on a bigger scale when we apply that to politics, frankly I’m more interested in Anchorage looking like Anchorage, Alaska, than San Francisco, California.”

April Issue 5 2015

U.S. ambassador talks up Alaska-Mongolia partnership

The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia visited the Alaska National Guard last week to provide a first-hand look at the personnel- and equipment-supporting peace keeping missions in the land-locked Asian nation.

Family escapes house fire April Issue 4 2015

Family escapes house fire

On the night of April 18, Sabrina Edwards and her mother, Denise Pennington, chatted in Sabrina’s bedroom in the family’s rented cabin on Gorsuch Street. Sabrina’s husband, Jeremy, was on shift at his job as a truck driver. Her five-year-old son Moses, who had been watching cartoons in the living room, came running in.

Sharp shooters April Issue 4 2015

Sharp shooters

Two teams from the Borealis Bullseye rifle team recently competed in the Civilian Military Program (CMP) three-position Regional Championships held April 9-11 in Sandy, Utah, with four of the ten members hailing from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools.

April Issue 4 2015

Common Core concerns a ‘key focus’ for Reinbold

Lora Reinbold, the Alaska House representative from Eagle River, wants parents to be able to opt their secondary school aged children out of the benchmark testing required by Common Core. In late January, she sponsored House Bill 85, which would allow students to opt out of taking the college and career readiness assessment and still graduate, provided the student has met other graduation requirements. The bill also includes student data protection requirements.

Locals onscreen in ‘MOOSE: The Movie’ April Issue 3 2015

Locals onscreen in ‘MOOSE: The Movie’

On a hot summer day, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce events director Merry Braham enjoyed a town picnic with her husband Mitch. Alaska singer-songwriter Scott Foster played a modern rock tune on the stage. When he finished, she and Mitch clapped. Then, they did it all over again, only this time, without making noise.

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