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Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq prepares for final trials March Issue 1 2015

Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq prepares for final trials

SEWARD (AP) — A floating Arctic laboratory four decades in the making has arrived at its home port and stands poised to begin unlocking mysteries of one of the wildest places on Earth. The 261-foot Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO’-lee-ak) will leave Seward this month, sail around the Aleutian Islands and tuck into sea ice in the Bering Sea. The voyage will be the final trial for its reinforced hull, propulsion system and array of cranes and booms that will deploy instruments ranging from small submarines and plankton nets to buoys that weigh a ton.

Added sugar lurks in unexpected places March Issue 1 2015

Added sugar lurks in unexpected places

Last spring, the World Health Organization proposed guidelines limiting added sugar intake to five percent of calories per day. That amounts to 25 grams, or six tablespoons, for an adult. The American Heart Association recommends the same limit for women, and a slightly higher limit of almost 38 grams, or nine tablespoons, for men.

Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof February Issue 4 2015

Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof

During rehearsal last week for the Gruening Middle School production of “Juliet… Where Are Thou?” eighth grader Ian Burdick wore a red dress, his naturally deep voice transformed into a screech as he performed his lines from behind a red fan, fluttering his eyelashes for an overdone feminine effect.

Chugiak wins GPA award at Winter Regional Cheerleading Championships February Issue 4 2015

Chugiak wins GPA award at Winter Regional Cheerleading Championships

Athletes from the eight Anchorage high schools gathered for the Winter Regional cheerleading competition held at Dimond High Feb. 18. The state title will be held at South Anchorage High, March 17. The Chugiak Mustangs, coached by Breanna Lowe, had two squads in the competition – a competition co-ed and varsity basketball squad, as did Eagle River, taking part in the varsity basketball and competition divisions.

Army hears Alaska loud and clear on force cuts February Issue 4 2015

Army hears Alaska loud and clear on force cuts

It felt like a high school pep rally, but the result is far more important than any Friday night football game. Alaska leaders joined hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Feb. 23 — an effort to demonstrating the state’s support of the military before a U.S. Army panel tasked with determining which bases should lose troops.

CHS team wins history award for documentary February Issue 4 2015

CHS team wins history award for documentary

A trio of Chugiak High School sophomores won the senior division of the Anchorage History Day competition Feb. 14 for their documentary on the life of Edward Lewis “Bob” Bartlett. The event was part of the National History Day Competition. It also garnered the team a $250 prize from the Cook Inlet Historical Society in commemoration of the Anchorage Centennial.

February Issue 3 2015

Job center loses staff to budget cuts

The Eagle River Job Center is losing one of its two staff members next month due to a reduction in federal funding, officials with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said last week.

Consul shares Lithuanian heritage with fellow Alaskans February Issue 3 2015

Consul shares Lithuanian heritage with fellow Alaskans

Svaja Vansauskas Worthington was just 18 months old when her family fled Lithuania to escape the devastation caused by World War II. Between the forced evacuation of the Jewish quarter in the Vilnius ghetto, and the change from a pre-war Russian-occupied Lithuania to a wartime German occupation and then a re-occupation by the Russians again, Lithuania’s future looked grim. Her family moved to the displaced persons camp in the American quarter in Berlin, Germany, and her father worked several years to relocate his family to the United States.

People Mover to cut Peters Creek service February Issue 3 2015

People Mover to cut Peters Creek service

Starting June 1, bus service to Peters Creek will be reduced or nixed altogether. On Feb. 12, the Public Transit Advisory Board gave recommendations to People Mover on its final plan for making changes to bus service this year. The original plan called for cutting service off to Peters Creek, with the 102 route terminating at the North Birchwood Park and Ride.

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