When Daquiri Wright walks down the runway at the 2015 Simply Creative Wearable Art Show this Friday, her walk will be the one that epitomizes the event’s goal of raising awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities.
On the surface, organic seems like a fairly simple thing to define: it’s food grown without the use of non-organic pesticides and fertilizers, right? Well, not quite. In reality, the definition used by the bulk of the gardening public is nowhere near how government agencies define it when it comes to getting certification.
Approximately 350 Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were honored in a redeployment ceremony at Buckner Physical Fitness Center July 10.
Those in the know, or perhaps one might more appropriately say, “the buzz,” of the beekeeping world call him, “the bee whisperer.” Typically, Joe Dunham of Eagle River doesn’t bother to don a protective suit, hat, veil or even gloves when working around the 150 hives he has at five locations in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.
Local runners Jake Moe and Lia Slemons claimed their overall divisions in the Bear Paw 5K race on Saturday, July 11, with times of 15:11.5 seconds and 18:12.7 respectively. Both runners had won the Bear 5K before, and both graduated from Alaska high schools. Slemons, maiden name Ossiander, is a 1998 Chugiak High graduate. Moe graduated from Anchorage Christian Schools in 2003.
The Bear Paw Pageant held July 9 at the Chugiak High School auditorium began with a warning from pageant director Kathleen Kuersten about the 80’s theme: “The music back then was really awful,” she said, adding, “It was difficult to find music from the era that would be…” she paused for a moment. “Appropriate.”
Sixteen-year-old Shannon Ross dons her overalls and barn boots twice a day, seven days a week. At 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., she heads to the barn to milk the dairy goats, then quickly brings the container full of milk to the house where it is chilled in the fridge in a bath of ice water.
The Bear Paw Festival has always been about celebrating community, and honoring the people who have given of themselves in service of the community and people of Chugiak-Eagle River, said Merry Braham.