Temperatures in the 70s were a welcome change of pace at the end of May, a month that saw winter’s grip hold on until the bitter end. In just a few short days, trees began to bud, shorts replaced jeans and ice cream sales likely went through the roof. Even Mirror Lake, which just a couple weeks ago was covered in a thick layer of ice, has seen its first sun bathers of the season.
It shouldn’t have been shocking to see snow coming down again last Saturday, but it was sure strange. After an endless winter filled with late snowfalls, our May 25 spring surprise was just the icing on the cake of what’s been the oddest winter in a long time.
Beginning today, hundreds of young adults from this community will proudly march in front of teary-eyed parents to receive their high school diplomas. It will be a moment none of them will forget.
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has been trashed in the most vicious way during the past week for his vote against expanding background checks on gun purchases. Agree or disagree with his vote, he doesn’t deserve the abuse.
It was a horrific scene. Behind Eagle River High on April 24, two vehicles had collided. Bloody bodies were strewn about the wreckage. As one student lay dying, another was being questioned by a police officer about her involvement in the crash. Emergency personnel rushed to and fro, doing what they could for the injured.
Punxsutawney Phil was a bit off. On Feb. 2, the world’s most famous groundhog emerged from his winter den and didn’t see his shadow, foretelling a quick spring and early summer. Yeah, right.
Terror hit too close to home Monday, when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. More than 40 Alaskans — including three from Chugiak-Eagle River — signed up for this year’s event, arguably the world’s most famous footrace. In the minutes after the attack, people around the world and right here at home were gripped with fear for their friends, family and loved ones potentially in harm’s way.
Someone in Eagle River vandalized several political signs on Election Day, a cowardly and un-American act if there ever was one. Who committed the vandalism is still unknown, although there are several disturbing facts about the incident that leave us wondering about the campaign of an Anchorage Assembly candidate and her supporters.
In our March 28 edition, the Star ran a column that painted an unfavorable picture of a local restaurant’s vegetarian eating options (“No Meat, No Problem,” Page 13).
Ok, so the big snowfall we got recently might have come as a springtime surprise, but let’s think positive.