ANCHORAGE (AP) — The race for the mayor’s seat in Anchorage is headed for a runoff election after no candidate received more than the mandatory 45 percent of the vote for an outright win. In Tuesday’s municipal election, front-runner Ethan Berkowitz garnered nearly 37 percent of the vote, with more than 99 percent of precincts reporting by Wednesday morning.
On Friday, April 3, Anchorage police cited Joshua Whittaker, 54 of Anchorage, for criminal mischief in connection with vandalism of mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s campaign signs. Demboski posted a youtube video that shows her confronting Whittaker in the Fireweed Theater parking lot about the vandalism. In a statement she said she and some volunteers were waiting near those signs that remained undamaged in hopes of catching the vandal, and Demboski waited for about 20 minutes before she saw Whittaker approach her sign with a utility knife.
Sami Taylor walks into a classroom at Eagle River Christian School with her Canon camera, and the students know it’s time to smile. Taylor, a senior, is in her second year as the school’s official volunteer yearbook photographer. School officials saw her work and asked her to take on duties behind the camera alleviate teachers from relying on their cell phone cameras to capture images.
At 50 cents per bracelet, one might be tempted to think that selling friendship bracelets at a local elementary school during lunch break might not be the most productive fundraiser. Think again. A group of sixth-grade students at Ravenwood Elementary School turned lunch and recess time into a real-life lesson in community activism. For the past two weeks, five girls have sold handwoven bracelets to classmates, teachers and staff. At last count, they raised nearly $550.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Federal aviation authorities are investigating claims by Eagle River residents that a drone equipped with a helicopter has followed children and hovered near homes. Anchorage police are also looking into the matter this week after receiving complaint calls from residents on Monday and Tuesday about a drone equipped with a camera following children home from school.
On April 7, voters will elect three of seven school board members, with each open seat contested by two candidates. School board seats do not represent geographical areas of the municipality. Each citizen votes on all open seats in a general election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. should immediately push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted March 27.
An SUV ran a red light at the corner of Old Glenn Highway and Eagle River Road last night, careening across a ditch and into three parked cars at the UAA Eagle River campus before smashing into the building where the Key Bank is located, knocking over one of the white decorative columns and bulldozing part of the inside of the building, according to police reports.
Darci Owens, age 19, is not a girlie girl, her mother Dana Owens said. But that didn’t stop her from winning the teen division of the Alaska Miss Amazing pageant. “Anyone who knows Darci knows that she is much more of a tomboy,” Dana Owens said. “But I asked her, ‘Is this something that you think you would want to do?’ She said, ‘Yes, let’s give it a try,’ and so we did.”
High school graduation ceremonies are six weeks away, and many of this year’s crop of seniors are still mulling their post high school options. That’s where Julie Skinner from Eagle River High School is at. For Skinner, next fall’s college freshman year venue is a toss-up between James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, University of Colorado or University of Georgia.