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June Issue 4 2013

Legislators give midsummer report

Despite a big victory in the most recent session of the Alaska Legislature, members of the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation say threats to Alaska’s financial future remain. “Folks, we have a budget that we just can’t sustain,” said Sen. Anna Fairclough, an Eagle River Republican whose move from the House to the Senate in 2012 helped win passage of a controversial bill to reduce taxes on oil and gas producers.

Preparing for the worst June Issue 4 2013

Preparing for the worst

Dozens of bloody bodies were scattered across the rocky ground on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fire engulfed a plane in the background. Smoke swept over some victims, so thick they were nearly camouflaged.

Fireworks and fun June Issue 4 2013

Fireworks and fun

The first — and oldest — of two big area parades will again cap two days of Independence Day revelry in Chugiak-Eagle River. “It’s a go out at the fire station,” said Finis Shelden, who is helping organize this year’s July 3 Celebration.

June Issue 4 2013

Monica Devine – Renaissance Woman

In today’s society it seems the norm to spread ourselves thin with responsibilities. And for most of us — whether we like it or not — living this way stresses us out. For Monica Devine, this kind of lifestyle keeps her happily afloat in many art forms.

Busy for Bear Paw June Issue 4 2013

Busy for Bear Paw

The Annie Oakley of Eagle River’s Bear Paw Festival arms herself not with six-shooters but a to-do list longer than a snake’s shadow at sundown. “I have a yellow legal pad of four pages of things I need to follow up on,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Special Events Director Merry Braham said recently from the chamber’s Eagle River office, which is currently a tornado of Paw-related activity.

One Man’s Junk is artist’s treasure June Issue 3 2013

One Man’s Junk is artist’s treasure

It must be her shiny rack. Or maybe it’s the way the gun at her hip points directly out in the same direction as her would-be nipples, which are really two holes in the centers of metallic cones. But the tall buxom scrap-metal robot sculpture has been turning heads in Eagle River lately. And, she’s been drawing people in to One Man’s Junk, a makeshift outdoor shop showcasing the work of scrap metal sculptor Tim Maus.

Caelan’s cause June Issue 3 2013

Caelan’s cause

While Caelan Rainey fights for his life inside a hospital room, his friends are fighting for him outside. Rainey, 12, is fighting complications caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacteria that can cause numerous types of infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He’s been in a medically-induced coma at Providence Hospital since June 2.

June Issue 3 2013

Man arrested for Walmart robbery

A 22-year-old Eagle River man was arrested Tuesday, June 18 after he allegedly fired shots while attempting to steal windshield wiper blades from Walmart.

June Issue 3 2013

Bear bites man that fed it

Bait a bear with your barbecue? Big boo-boo, buddy. An Anchorage man was cited for illegally feeding wildlife after a bear he was feeding attacked during a Saturday, June 15 encounter near Eklutna Lake.

June Issue 3 2013

Falling tots lead cops to warn about windows

Anchorage police say two children fell from second-story windows in Eagle River Tuesday, June 11 in separate incidents. A similar case last week sent an Anchorage baby to the hospital, and police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said the the recent run of warm temperatures may have contributed to the accidents.

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