When I was growing up on a farm out in northwestern Pennsylvania, my mother would drive my three sisters and me the next town over to watch the fireworks. We’d lie on blankets itching mosquito bites and pinching one another as the darkness slowly descended, and as we waited we stuffed our mouths with candy (usually forbidden) and drank cold sodas (also forbidden) and fidgeted in that hushed and anticipatory moment that stretched on forever.
Last week’s rain may be putting a bittersweet end to the wild land firefighting season and the opportunity for members of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company to gain hands-on experience through a support contract with the state Division of Forestry.
You’ve probably seen them while biking, running or walking your dog on the bicycle path along the Glenn Highway, three crosses perched in the straggly grass at the side of the trail, one white and stark, another blue and the last one larger, with bright red letters declaring the name Wollam.
We Alaskans love to explore. We take out our maps to find the best trails to hike or pinpoint the hottest fishing spots. But there’s something else on the map you need to explore, and it’s right here in Eagle River: The Alaska Fine Arts Academy, which offers a treasure of adventurous summer programs. The gear for these adventures won’t be hiking boots or fishing poles. Nope, just inspiration for all.
They’re at it again this year. Members of the Eagle River Area Rotary Club are on the march selling tickets for their much-anticipated I-Did-A-Duck Race which occurs the last day of the Bear Paw Festival.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — State biologists are reminding people not to touch moose calves or try to take them home as pets following a string of incidents involving people handling the animals, including one household that had a calf in the living room “as if it was a puppy.”
Make that GRAMMY nomination number two for Homestead Elementary School’s long-time music teacher and popular local area folk singer/guitarist Robin Hopper. She’s in the same spot she was this time last year: one of the quarter finalists in the GRAMMY In The Schools Music Educator Award competition, jointly sponsored by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.
How long is your memory lane? For my father, the distance once was approximately 1,532 miles, now listed at 1,327 miles. The shorter length is not due to mental decay, but rather rerouting and continuing improvements to the Alaska-Canadian Highway, or ALCAN.
April 4 was just an ordinary day for Dirk Moffatt. The Eagle River resident was driving with a friend and co-worker on the stretch of highway between Mirror Lake and Thunderbird Falls. Then, in an instant, his life changed. In fact, it momentarily halted.