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March Issue 3 2015

Local archives in need of volunteers

Phyllis Smith looked through a box of the Knik Arm Courier at the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society Archives in Old Chugiak. “We have a complete set,” she said, thumbing old leaves showing hand-drawn cartoons, old fashioned ads for Ed’s Suburban Agency and a business called Parksville. That got Virginia Kirk reminiscing.

Mayoral race heats up March Issue 3 2015

Mayoral race heats up

With a field of 12 candidates, the race for Anchorage Mayor (elections Tuesday, April 7) is heating up. Some political heavy-hitters are in the race, including former Anchorage assemblyman Dan Coffey, former Alaska state legislator and Anchorage Chamber President Andrew Halcro, former Alaska state legislator Ethan Berkowitz, and current Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski from Chugiak-Eagle River. At a meet and greet March 13, Demboski said she and her campaign staff were preparing to launch a strategy going into the final weeks of the campaign that includes a big media push.

High school students take lead in suicide prevention March Issue 2 2015

High school students take lead in suicide prevention

After West High sophomore Katherine Murray finished a presentation on suicide prevention at Haines Middle School last month, a little girl came up to her with a question. She wanted to know what she could do for a friend who was feeling depressed. Then she admitted that she was the one who was feeling depressed. She started crying.

March Issue 2 2015

Man charged in Mile High Road murder

Anchorage police arrested and charged 32-year-old James Andrew Baker with murder, attempted murder and assault in connection with the multiple shooting in Eagle River early Monday morning.

Two businesses burglarized in one week March Issue 2 2015

Two businesses burglarized in one week

Two Eagle River businesses were burglarized in the first week of March, with a total of $14,000 worth of items stolen. The first burglary, at June Agnes Circle off Monte Road, occurred at a newly-constructed home owned by Alexander Home Construction. It was reported to police the morning of March 3, and occurred sometime the night before. Anchorage police reported signs of forced entry through the man door of the garage, and noted “the gas was turned off and all the plumbing removed with a fair amount of skill” by the person or persons who stole an on-demand hot water heater inside.

Wisdom and youth on the Iditarod trail March Issue 2 2015

Wisdom and youth on the Iditarod trail

Seventy-eight dog teams, including locals Jim Lanier of Chugiak and Philip Walters of Eagle River endured a sloppy start to this year’s Iditarod during the Ceremonial Start on March 7. The 11-mile trek commenced from Anchorage’s Fourth Avenue, down Cordova Street, then on bike trails before ending on the dog trails near Campbell Airstrip.

Marijuana goes from illicit drug to household herb March Issue 1 2015

Marijuana goes from illicit drug to household herb

On Feb. 24, Pizza Man posted a special to its Facebook page “in observance of the start of Legalized Marijuana in Alaska,” a “Cheech and Chong” pizza with two smoked cheeses, oregano, pizza sauce and choice of shrimp or hamburger. Also on offer: the “Amy Demboski,” same ingredients, hold the oregano.

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.

Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School March Issue 1 2015

Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School

Forget dissecting frogs in science class. Students in the BioTAPP program at Chugiak High School are conducting original biotechnology research. The program’s acronym stands for Biotechnology Training and Preparatory Program, and it’s one of a kind in Alaska, said instructor Aaron Kallas. “I thought it would be important for the emerging need for medical professionals and bio technicians within the state of Alaska,” Kallas said.

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