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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.

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.

‘Brake light hill’ getting a makeover October Issue 4 2014

‘Brake light hill’ getting a makeover

The moniker “brake light hill” should begin fading from the vernacular of Glenn Highway travelers in about a year. That’s the goal of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ Eagle River bridge project.

Eagle River Panthers rule October Issue 3 2014

Eagle River Panthers rule

Saving the best for last, more than one division of the Eagle River Panthers Association Pop Warner football program avenged earlier season losses to claim a state title.

To Pot, or not to pot (that is the question) October Issue 3 2014

To Pot, or not to pot (that is the question)

Should marijuana be legalized in Alaska? It’s a thorny issue. And the complications and emotions attributed to both sides were evident when opponents and supporters of Ballot Measure 2 presented their views at the Chugiak-Eagle River luncheon Oct. 1.

Capturing autumn, the fleeting season October Issue 2 2014

Capturing autumn, the fleeting season

Autumn seems to rush past us like a gust of wind, and try as we might, it’s difficult if not impossible to prolong it so we can savor the brilliant colors, brisk mornings and snow-dusted mountain tops.

Ms. Mayor, maybe October Issue 1 2014

Ms. Mayor, maybe

Amy Demboski sits at a backroom table in Jitters wearing a maroon jacket and lacey black top, her blond hair falling around her shoulders. She looks friendly yet serious. She takes off her glasses, makes herself comfortable.

Little Free Library October Issue 1 2014

Little Free Library

Ann Smith, a teacher for 30 years, has gifted the children of the Upper Sunny Circle neighborhood with a Little Free Library (http://littlefreelibrary.org).