There’s a heck of a lot of scouts in this week’s paper, and that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention around these parts. Chugiak-Eagle River is the unquestioned center of scouting in Alaska, with three of the state’s largest troops and the picturesque Rasmussen Scout Reservation among our area’s claims to scouting fame. Eagle Scouts seem to grow on trees here, and it’s not uncommon for the pages of this paper to be graced with the photos of multiple newly minted Eagles — in fact, there’s three on page 5 of this week’s edition.
It was gratifying to see so many faces young and old out enjoying the wonderful weather we had for this year’s Bear Paw Festival. That this event is truly for everyone is always one of our favorite parts of the four-day fun fest.
The Ferris wheel is turning, the cotton candy is sweet and forecasters are calling for plenty of sun. After another long year of waiting, Chugiak-Eagle River residents are ready to party at the annual Bear Paw Festival, which is now officially open!
Today at 2 p.m., one of our area’s favorite and longest-running traditions will continue with the annual Chugiak Fourth of July Parade, which begins at Latimer Hall on the Old Glenn Highway and concludes at Chugiak Elementary.
Wow. You’ve gotta have a long memory to think back to an early summer that’s been as hot as this one. When you’re running low on sunscreen by summer solstice, you know it’s been a sunny spring. And when local stores can’t keep bug dope on the shelves, you know Alaskans have been getting out and enjoying the rays.
Air Force officials should be commended for delaying public hearings on the proposed move of Eielson Air Force Base’s F-16 squadron to the Anchorage area. The meetings, previously scheduled for next week, will now occur in mid-July.
A government agency goes after enemies of the president’s policies. Covert operations kill civilians abroad. Phone records are seized and reporters’ privacy at home and at work is invaded. We’re not talking about Watergate, Laos or Cambodia — this is about current events.
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.