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FAA investigates drone complaints April Issue 1 2015

FAA investigates drone complaints

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Federal aviation authorities are investigating claims by Eagle River residents that a drone equipped with a helicopter has followed children and hovered near homes. Anchorage police are also looking into the matter this week after receiving complaint calls from residents on Monday and Tuesday about a drone equipped with a camera following children home from school.

Seniors navigate open waters on life’s journey April Issue 1 2015

Seniors navigate open waters on life’s journey

High school graduation ceremonies are six weeks away, and many of this year’s crop of seniors are still mulling their post high school options. That’s where Julie Skinner from Eagle River High School is at. For Skinner, next fall’s college freshman year venue is a toss-up between James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, University of Colorado or University of Georgia.

Darci Owens is Miss Amazing Teen April Issue 1 2015

Darci Owens is Miss Amazing Teen

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.”

Shooting the Aurora March Issue 4 2015

Shooting the Aurora

The perfect blend of clear weather and intense solar storms last week produced spectacular displays of the aurora borealis over Eagle River. Those willing to wait out the night and brave winter weather were treated to heavenly spectacles rarely rivaled in Southcentral Alaska.

Simply Unique Hair Salon opens downtown March Issue 4 2015

Simply Unique Hair Salon opens downtown

It’s been a whirlwind year for Simply Unique Hair Salon owner Tina Novotney. The purchase of a new hair salon, baby number two in November, a month of maternity leave, then back at the new business she started, which she said only recently got a sign indicating the new name.

March Issue 4 2015

How to solve a problem like Anchorage

The four major candidates for Anchorage mayor – Amy Demboski, Andrew Halcro, Dan Coffey and Ethan Berkowitz – identified many of the same problems facing the municipality in the coming term. A thinned police force attempts to deal with increasing problems of gun violence and public safety. A chronic inebriate population of homeless people impacts larger areas of the city. Public infrastructure needs to be maintained going forward, while some projects, such as the port expansion, have yet to be built out. And education outcomes for the next generation must improve, with a muni-wide goal of having a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.

Noise Brigade to launch cross-country tour March Issue 3 2015

Noise Brigade to launch cross-country tour

Chugiak High School graduate and Noise Brigade front man Mikel Henry said he and his bandmates are taking their pop punk show on the road. Their latest album, “Get Rich or Die Crying,” was released Feb. 17. But Henry said the band’s not out for fame and glory.

Tasso takes state spelling bee title March Issue 3 2015

Tasso takes state spelling bee title

When he was four, Bryce Tasso was writing out numerals in every system he could learn about – Mayan, Roman, Ancient Greek. In kindegarten, he got bored at school and started reading college-level textbooks on anatomy and economics that he’d found. Later, at home, while his parents and younger brother played outside, he scrawled the mathematical equations he’d read in the economics textbook in chalk on the driveway.

Mayoral race heats up March Issue 3 2015

Mayoral race heats up

With a field of 12 candidates, the race for Anchorage Mayor (elections Tuesday, April 7) is heating up. Some political heavy-hitters are in the race, including former Anchorage assemblyman Dan Coffey, former Alaska state legislator and Anchorage Chamber President Andrew Halcro, former Alaska state legislator Ethan Berkowitz, and current Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski from Chugiak-Eagle River. At a meet and greet March 13, Demboski said she and her campaign staff were preparing to launch a strategy going into the final weeks of the campaign that includes a big media push.

Two businesses burglarized in one week March Issue 2 2015

Two businesses burglarized in one week

Two Eagle River businesses were burglarized in the first week of March, with a total of $14,000 worth of items stolen. The first burglary, at June Agnes Circle off Monte Road, occurred at a newly-constructed home owned by Alexander Home Construction. It was reported to police the morning of March 3, and occurred sometime the night before. Anchorage police reported signs of forced entry through the man door of the garage, and noted “the gas was turned off and all the plumbing removed with a fair amount of skill” by the person or persons who stole an on-demand hot water heater inside.

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