Many folks are often taken by surprise by the actions of their government, but anyone who spends any time observing the political process knows it usually moves at a glacial pace.
The new state rating system for K-12 schools appears to be an improvement from the federally imposed system it replaces. The state system gave good grades to most Fairbanks schools. They received between one and five “stars,” with five being the best. All but four local schools received three stars or more.
A time-honored tradition of community conversation is disappearing, and we’d like that to change. Ever since newspapers have been around, there’s been letters to the editor. The practice of using a paper’s editorial page as a community sounding board has often served as a vibrant and lively forum where others did not exist.
The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. should resist efforts to derail its new no-smoking policy for public housing units. The issue generates a blizzard of conflicting claims about rights, freedoms and responsibilities. However, the state has the right to set the new rules and good reason for doing so. It should stick by them.
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.