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Prison program offers inmates skills for outside success October Issue 5 2014

Prison program offers inmates skills for outside success

The classroom at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center was serene and airy with silver-soft light filtering across the room. Bright nature murals sprawl across the walls and large windows overlook a tree-filled courtyard.

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater October Issue 5 2014

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater

When it came time for Ben Talotta to select his Eagle Scout project, the former Eagle Academy Charter School student thought of his elementary alma mater.

October Issue 5 2014

Halloween tips to keep youngsters warm and safe

With partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of precipitation in the forecast for Friday night’s trick or treating, local mothers plan to employ standard child-warming tactics to keep their goblins, ghosts and monsters from catching too much cold while filling their buckets with candy.

Boxes of good cheer, plus a little pride December Issue 4 2014

Boxes of good cheer, plus a little pride

Students at Homestead Elementary learned a lesson in holiday giving when they collected and packaged items to donate to the Bean’s Café Beanie Boxes. Dana Johnson’s second grade students, along with help from fourth and fifth grade classes, collected donations and essential items such as toothpaste, shampoo, combs, soap, gloves and other necessities.

Sam Cotten, former Eagle River politician, appointed ADF&G head December Issue 4 2014

Sam Cotten, former Eagle River politician, appointed ADF&G head

Newly-elected governor Bill Walker announced a slew of appointments Dec. 1, including that of long-time Eagle River resident and former politician Sam Cotten as acting commissioner of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Lemon Tree Gifts ‘fun’ new store December Issue 4 2014

Lemon Tree Gifts ‘fun’ new store

Maraya Davis grew up around gift shops. Her mother opened Happiness is Handmade in Eagle River in 1986, and operated the shop until 1993. Davis, an Eagle River resident and Chugiak High School graduate of 1998, continued family tradition by opening Lemon Tree Gifts in the Sears Mall with her husband Roger Davis this year.

Letters to Santa December Issue 3 2014

Letters to Santa

Ho, ho, ho. It’s almost time for Santa to squeeze himself down the chimneys of area homes and leave presents for all of the good little boys and girls. To get into the spirit of the holidays, Mrs. Vanagel’s kindergarten/first grade combined classmates over at Homestead Elementary School wrote letters to Santa to let him know what they hope to find under the tree. Enjoy.

Clever and crafty December Issue 3 2014

Clever and crafty

Crafting enthusiasts in the Chugiak-Eagle River area have turned their artsy pursuits into much more than just fulfilling hobbies. From jewelry and soap-making to calendars featuring local scenes to a home-grown version of treats in a canning jar, area crafters fill a niche for gift givers seeking something unique. These are industrious side businesses showcasing local creativity as an alternative to the standard gift fare found at big box retailers or online.

Ringing in the holiday “uglies” December Issue 3 2014

Ringing in the holiday “uglies”

The “uglier” the better. That is, at least when it comes to holiday sweaters. While the cliche is that Alaskans tend to lag behind on styles, the ugly sweater trend is fully embraced on the Last Frontier this season. After all, these sweaters are warm and Alaskans do know a thing or two about piling on warm clothing.

Johnson named publisher of MPG-Alaska December Issue 3 2014

Johnson named publisher of MPG-Alaska

Rona Johnson has been named publisher of Morris Publishing Group Alaska, encompassing the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaskan Equipment Trader and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star weekly newspaper. The appointment was announced by Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News.

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