It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.
Tami Jones saw movement outside her kitchen window as she opened the garage door of her West Lake Drive home in Eagle River. A black bear stood on his hind legs watching through the kitchen window as Jones’ daughter tickled and chased her granddaughter in the kitchen. Jones said she thinks the bear was curious about the squealing noises.
In the Mexican town of El Arenal, Ray Gaytan had a simple life, growing up on a farm ranch with a home set among green hills. At night, he and his siblings would listen to grandmother and auntie tell stories by the light of an oil lamp.
Two teams from the Borealis Bullseye rifle team recently competed in the Civilian Military Program (CMP) three-position Regional Championships held April 9-11 in Sandy, Utah, with four of the ten members hailing from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools.
On the night of April 18, Sabrina Edwards and her mother, Denise Pennington, chatted in Sabrina’s bedroom in the family’s rented cabin on Gorsuch Street. Sabrina’s husband, Jeremy, was on shift at his job as a truck driver. Her five-year-old son Moses, who had been watching cartoons in the living room, came running in.
Jamarus Spires, a 31-year-old man from Anchorage, died after falling from a cliff in the Eklutna area on April 12, according to the Anchorage Police Department. The next of kin have been notified. A woman called APD Dispatch around 4:15 p.m. that day and said her boyfriend had fallen off a cliff near Mile 1 of Eklutna Lake Road. The couple was out for a hike with two children, according to police. The man fell several hundred feet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, Mat-Com, and Alaska State Troopers air support responded but were unable to retrieve the body. Alaska Mountain Rescue Group responders were able to get to the body, but couldn’t retrieve it.
On a hot summer day, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce events director Merry Braham enjoyed a town picnic with her husband Mitch. Alaska singer-songwriter Scott Foster played a modern rock tune on the stage. When he finished, she and Mitch clapped. Then, they did it all over again, only this time, without making noise.
Students showcased their best work at the Eagle River High School Fine Arts Cabaret on April 10, which also served as a celebration of the school’s 10th anniversary. The cafeteria turned into a concert venue as choirs, the jazz ensemble, the combined band and orchestra, as well as voice and instrument soloists, performed. The commons area took on a museum appearance with rows of paintings, sketches and pottery pieces displayed. A long horizontal display of photos and newspaper articles documenting the school’s decade of existence took up the entire stage area. Demonstrations of art production in action included several students throwing and spinning clay projects on pottery wheels, and student Chasse Sexton drawing via computer with the result displayed on a giant screen for event attendees to watch.
An SUV ran a red light at the corner of Old Glenn Highway and Eagle River Road on Tuesday evening, March 31, careening across a ditch and into three parked cars at the UAA Eagle River campus before smashing into the building where the Key Bank is located, knocking over one of the white decorative columns and bulldozing part of the inside of the building, according to police reports.
Darci Owens, age 19, is not a girlie girl, her mother Dana Owens said. But that didn’t stop her from winning the teen division of the Alaska Miss Amazing pageant. “Anyone who knows Darci knows that she is much more of a tomboy,” Dana Owens said. “But I asked her, ‘Is this something that you think you would want to do?’ She said, ‘Yes, let’s give it a try,’ and so we did.”