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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia visited the Alaska National Guard last week to provide a first-hand look at the personnel- and equipment-supporting peace keeping missions in the land-locked Asian nation.
In the Mexican town of El Arenal, Ray Gaytan had a simple life, growing up on a farm ranch with a home set among green hills. At night, he and his siblings would listen to grandmother and auntie tell stories by the light of an oil lamp.
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.”
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.
Two teams from the Borealis Bullseye rifle team recently competed in the Civilian Military Program (CMP) three-position Regional Championships held April 9-11 in Sandy, Utah, with four of the ten members hailing from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools.
On the night of April 18, Sabrina Edwards and her mother, Denise Pennington, chatted in Sabrina’s bedroom in the family’s rented cabin on Gorsuch Street. Sabrina’s husband, Jeremy, was on shift at his job as a truck driver. Her five-year-old son Moses, who had been watching cartoons in the living room, came running in.
Lora Reinbold, the Alaska House representative from Eagle River, wants parents to be able to opt their secondary school aged children out of the benchmark testing required by Common Core. In late January, she sponsored House Bill 85, which would allow students to opt out of taking the college and career readiness assessment and still graduate, provided the student has met other graduation requirements. The bill also includes student data protection requirements.