WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. should immediately push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted March 27.
At 50 cents per bracelet, one might be tempted to think that selling friendship bracelets at a local elementary school during lunch break might not be the most productive fundraiser. Think again. A group of sixth-grade students at Ravenwood Elementary School turned lunch and recess time into a real-life lesson in community activism. For the past two weeks, five girls have sold handwoven bracelets to classmates, teachers and staff. At last count, they raised nearly $550.
Darci Owens, age 19, is not a girlie girl, her mother Dana Owens said. But that didn’t stop her from winning the teen division of the Alaska Miss Amazing pageant. “Anyone who knows Darci knows that she is much more of a tomboy,” Dana Owens said. “But I asked her, ‘Is this something that you think you would want to do?’ She said, ‘Yes, let’s give it a try,’ and so we did.”
On April 7, voters will elect three of seven school board members, with each open seat contested by two candidates. School board seats do not represent geographical areas of the municipality. Each citizen votes on all open seats in a general election.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Federal aviation authorities are investigating claims by Eagle River residents that a drone equipped with a helicopter has followed children and hovered near homes. Anchorage police are also looking into the matter this week after receiving complaint calls from residents on Monday and Tuesday about a drone equipped with a camera following children home from school.
It’s been a whirlwind year for Simply Unique Hair Salon owner Tina Novotney. The purchase of a new hair salon, baby number two in November, a month of maternity leave, then back at the new business she started, which she said only recently got a sign indicating the new name.
The four major candidates for Anchorage mayor – Amy Demboski, Andrew Halcro, Dan Coffey and Ethan Berkowitz – identified many of the same problems facing the municipality in the coming term. A thinned police force attempts to deal with increasing problems of gun violence and public safety. A chronic inebriate population of homeless people impacts larger areas of the city. Public infrastructure needs to be maintained going forward, while some projects, such as the port expansion, have yet to be built out. And education outcomes for the next generation must improve, with a muni-wide goal of having a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.
The perfect blend of clear weather and intense solar storms last week produced spectacular displays of the aurora borealis over Eagle River. Those willing to wait out the night and brave winter weather were treated to heavenly spectacles rarely rivaled in Southcentral Alaska.
JUNEAU (AP) — A conservative Republican lawmaker who broke with her caucus in voting against the state operating budget has been stripped of most of her committee assignments. When asked if Eagle River Rep. Lora Reinbold was out of the GOP-led caucus, House Speaker Mike Chenault told reporters Reinbold chose to leave the caucus by voting as she did.
Chugiak High School graduate and Noise Brigade front man Mikel Henry said he and his bandmates are taking their pop punk show on the road. Their latest album, “Get Rich or Die Crying,” was released Feb. 17. But Henry said the band’s not out for fame and glory.