Joshua Whittaker, 54 of Anchorage, was arraigned May 8 for a charge of criminal mischief property destruction related to his alleged defacing of former mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s political signs.
Bill Martin shouldered an army surplus rucksack, walked out the door of the Brooklyn home he shared with his father, and set out for anywhere. At 16, he’d thumbed the pages of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” more times than he could remember.
She wore a yellow scarf. Ella, slender, beautiful brown-haired Ella, riding a bicycle through Chugiak’s main street with two friends, riding all the way from Canada because ever since she was a school girl in Sweden, she had wanted to go to Alaska.
Melodie Radcliffe spent the past week updating the Individual Education Plans for her special education students, writing meticulous notes for this fall’s incoming teacher, documenting the idiosyncrasies of each of her students.
Tradition dictates that May is the month of flowers. European spring festivals that featured a Maypole dance and baskets of flowers have survived in some American traditions, with children bringing handmade baskets of flowers to hang on neighbors’ doors in celebration of the season. On May 10, families will celebrate Mothers Day, with a bouquet a favorite gift for mom. On Memorial Day, May 25, military families will honor their loved ones who have passed on with flowers carefully placed at their cemeteries.
Ethan Berkowitz won out over Amy Demboski at the polls May 5, with 59 percent of voters lofting him into the mayor’s seat. Demboski received 41 percent of the vote. On election night, polls stayed open until 8 p.m., and at Demboski’s campaign headquarters, Cinco de Mayo decorations and snacks awaited supporters who started streaming in at 7 p.m.
On May 1, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services posted certificate of need applications from two local hospitals outlaying why each hospital’s plan for buildout of an additional 14 emergency room beds should be approved by the state. The plan submitted by Providence Medical Center calls for an expansion of its emergency department, while the Alaska Regional plan calls for freestanding emergency departments in Eagle River and South Anchorage.
It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.
Polls open May 5 for the mayoral election, with Amy Demboski against Ethan Berkowitz after a first round of voting in April left two contenders. Demboski said she won’t apologize for making ideology an issue in the non-partisan race. “Ideology matters,” she said. “When you have someone grounded in values that represent integrity and honesty, that’s important. When you talk about ideology on a bigger scale when we apply that to politics, frankly I’m more interested in Anchorage looking like Anchorage, Alaska, than San Francisco, California.”
Tami Jones saw movement outside her kitchen window as she opened the garage door of her West Lake Drive home in Eagle River. A black bear stood on his hind legs watching through the kitchen window as Jones’ daughter tickled and chased her granddaughter in the kitchen. Jones said she thinks the bear was curious about the squealing noises.