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Ice, Ice, baby January Issue 1 2015

Ice, Ice, baby

After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again — or soon will be at the McDonald Center. Due to a nagging leak in the coolant lines embedded in the concrete floor, the whole floor and subfloor had to be taken out, said rink manager Reid McDonald.

A quick look back January Issue 1 2015

A quick look back

Well, 2014 was quite the year for Eagle River. We saw a lot of changes, big and small. There was building construction, and road construction (sitting out on Eagle River Road sipping coffee and waiting for the darned lane to open up, anyone?) and new businesses opening and old businesses folding and people winning races and running for Assembly and State Senate even an Assembly member making a bid for the Anchorage mayoral slot.

“Jazzing” up Eagle River options January Issue 1 2015

“Jazzing” up Eagle River options

Popcorn aficionados, rejoice! A new store in Eagle River specializing in what you need to soothe the addiction to the sweet, crunchy and salty has opened. Jazzy Gourmet Popcorn is the vision of Cedric Roland – an Anchorage resident who couldn’t find the ideal space there to open a brick and mortar store. Spaces were either too small or too large or didn’t have the appropriate kitchen space. His wife, Cheryl saw a Craigslist advertisement for the spot that formerly housed a Thai food restaurant off the Old Glenn Highway. It had one of the key pieces of equipment Cedric needed: A 12-foot hood over the stove.

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater October Issue 5 2014

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater

When it came time for Ben Talotta to select his Eagle Scout project, the former Eagle Academy Charter School student thought of his elementary alma mater.

MAD, SCARY FUN (and Kermit and Miss Piggy, too) October Issue 5 2014

MAD, SCARY FUN (and Kermit and Miss Piggy, too)

Monsters, action figures, princesses and pirates were out in full force at Fire Lake Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival on Oct. 24. The parking lot was packed and it was almost impossible to make it down the hallway without getting jabbed by someone’s elbow or hat or, in the case of one man’s costume choice, a very large nose.

Prison program offers inmates skills for outside success October Issue 5 2014

Prison program offers inmates skills for outside success

The classroom at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center was serene and airy with silver-soft light filtering across the room. Bright nature murals sprawl across the walls and large windows overlook a tree-filled courtyard.

Boxes of good cheer, plus a little pride December Issue 4 2014

Boxes of good cheer, plus a little pride

Students at Homestead Elementary learned a lesson in holiday giving when they collected and packaged items to donate to the Bean’s Café Beanie Boxes. Dana Johnson’s second grade students, along with help from fourth and fifth grade classes, collected donations and essential items such as toothpaste, shampoo, combs, soap, gloves and other necessities.

Lemon Tree Gifts ‘fun’ new store December Issue 4 2014

Lemon Tree Gifts ‘fun’ new store

Maraya Davis grew up around gift shops. Her mother opened Happiness is Handmade in Eagle River in 1986, and operated the shop until 1993. Davis, an Eagle River resident and Chugiak High School graduate of 1998, continued family tradition by opening Lemon Tree Gifts in the Sears Mall with her husband Roger Davis this year.

Sam Cotten, former Eagle River politician, appointed ADF&G head December Issue 4 2014

Sam Cotten, former Eagle River politician, appointed ADF&G head

Newly-elected governor Bill Walker announced a slew of appointments Dec. 1, including that of long-time Eagle River resident and former politician Sam Cotten as acting commissioner of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Ringing in the holiday “uglies” December Issue 3 2014

Ringing in the holiday “uglies”

The “uglier” the better. That is, at least when it comes to holiday sweaters. While the cliche is that Alaskans tend to lag behind on styles, the ugly sweater trend is fully embraced on the Last Frontier this season. After all, these sweaters are warm and Alaskans do know a thing or two about piling on warm clothing.

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