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December Issue 4 2012

Safety first

The holiday season offers a chance to spend time with friends and family, exchange gifts and take a break from our hectic schedules.

The year in sports December Issue 4 2012

The year in sports

There were historic seasons and heartbreaking stories in the world of sports in 2012, a year that saw state champions crowned and rivals bested all year ‘round. Here’s a sport-by-sport account of some of the biggest and most interesting Chugiak-Eagle River sports stories in the year 2012.

2012: A year of snow, wind and fire December Issue 4 2012

2012: A year of snow, wind and fire

From firefighters to Fuji Gifts, 2012 was a busy, blustery year in Chugiak-Eagle River. There were dramatic stories of survival and heartbreaking tales of loss. As always, there was one big Bear Paw, plenty of political plotting and more animal attacks than most people are comfortable or with. And the weather? It was worth talking about. For better or worse, here are the news stories that shaped our lives in Chugiak-Eagle River over the past 12 months.

Deployment, change shape military December Issue 4 2012

Deployment, change shape military

Events in Afghanistan dominated military coverage in 2012, as a 3,500-member brigade spent much of the year in hostile territory. That group returned to Alaska in October. The year’s other big news on base came in May, when Gen. Michael Garrett took over command of the U.S. Army Alaska from Gen. Raymond Palumbo.

Canterbury’s tale December Issue 3 2012

Canterbury’s tale

Need to know something about the Army in Alaska? For nearly four decades, there’s been one sure way to find an answer: Just ask Chuck.

Avalanche of knowledge December Issue 2 2012

Avalanche of knowledge

Avoiding avalanches is all about awareness. “You gotta have your head in the game,” advised avalanche expert Blaine Smith, a trails planner for Alaska State Parks.

December Issue 2 2012

Upton back in jail

The 25-year-old Eagle River man charged in a 2010 murder case involving his childhood friend is back in jail on a probation violation — his second in six months.

‘Hands-on applied science’ December Issue 2 2012

‘Hands-on applied science’

Students and teachers at Gruening Middle School enjoy the eighth-grade class’ annual submersible remote operated vehicle (ROV) challenge for the same reason — no textbooks.

Spartans welcome new commander December Issue 2 2012

Spartans welcome new commander

Col. Matthew W. McFarlane assumed command of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division from outgoing commander Col. Morris T. Goins during a change of command ceremony held Dec. 5 at Hangar One, here.

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