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July Issue 2 2013

Section of Crow Pass trail closed

A four-mile portion of the Crow Pass Trail has been closed until further notice due to a bear feeding on a moose carcass near the popular trail that links Girdwood and the Eagle River Nature Center.

A hometown tradition July Issue 2 2013

A hometown tradition

At a little before 2 p.m. on an overcast Thursday afternoon, the Old Glenn Highway through Chugiak shut down completely. People sitting in lawn chairs and perched on the back of pick-up truck beds lined the normally busy road. Children chased each other on the nearby bike path while a dad tossed a football to his son in the middle of the empty street. Businesses along the road opened up garage doors and set out barbecue grills.

July Issue 2 2013

Fire destroys Chugiak home

A fire destroyed a Chugiak home Sunday, June 30 at 21720 Blair Avenue. The detached garage was fully engulfed and fire and smoke were showing from the home’s roof when crews arrived, Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley said.

July Issue 2 2013

Changing generals

Maj. Gen. Michael Garrett’s most recent stay in Alaska has proved to be short-lived. U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) announced July 2 that Garrett — who took over as USARAK commanding general in May, 2012 — has been selected as the next Chief of Staff for U.S. Central Command, which is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Medical team traps mosquitoes July Issue 1 2013

Medical team traps mosquitoes

Hypochondriacs among us can rest a little easier today because of a service provided by the 673d Aerospace Medicine Squadron. The 673d AMDS is the only official government organization in Alaska that traps mosquitoes in order to have them tested for viruses and disease. From May through the latter part of September, Airmen set miniature light traps at various locations throughout Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Plugging in July Issue 1 2013

Plugging in

Andre White couldn’t wait to get to college. So after graduating Eagle River High School this spring, the 18-year-old immediately moved into the dorms at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. “It’s kind of like a college preview,” said White, who is participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Summer Bridge program, which is designed to give incoming college freshmen a sneak preview of campus life.

Hopper among Grammy quarterfinalists July Issue 1 2013

Hopper among Grammy quarterfinalists

Robin Hopper, a music teacher at Homestead Elementary, has been named one of 217 quarterfinalists for a Grammy Music Educator Award, the Foundation announced in May. “This came out of the blue for me,” Hopper said during an interview with the Star last month.

July Issue 1 2013

Fire danger prompts warning

The Anchorage Fire Department is reminding residents that fireworks are illegal over the Fourth of July holiday. According to AFD, anyone caught using fireworks is subject to a $500 fine.

Highland games draws record crowd July Issue 1 2013

Highland games draws record crowd

The number of Scots in Alaska is on the rise. For the second straight year, a record crowd filled Lions Park in Eagle River for the 32nd Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games. Last year’s record of 8,000 was topped by about 2,000 on Saturday, June 29, event chair Chris Anderson said.

Chugiak High grad wins northwest Emmy July Issue 1 2013

Chugiak High grad wins northwest Emmy

Being in the running for a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences northwest chapter award was the highlight of filmmaker Kyle Aramburo’s career. “I was super excited just to be nominated,” the 1999 Chugiak High graduate said. That moment was quickly superseded when Aramburo won a directing Emmy for “Ketchikan: Our Native Legacy.”

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