The number of Scots in Alaska is on the rise. For the second straight year, a record crowd filled Lions Park in Eagle River for the 32nd Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games. Last year’s record of 8,000 was topped by about 2,000 on Saturday, June 29, event chair Chris Anderson said.
Andre White couldn’t wait to get to college. So after graduating Eagle River High School this spring, the 18-year-old immediately moved into the dorms at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. “It’s kind of like a college preview,” said White, who is participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Summer Bridge program, which is designed to give incoming college freshmen a sneak preview of campus life.
Robin Hopper, a music teacher at Homestead Elementary, has been named one of 217 quarterfinalists for a Grammy Music Educator Award, the Foundation announced in May. “This came out of the blue for me,” Hopper said during an interview with the Star last month.
Hypochondriacs among us can rest a little easier today because of a service provided by the 673d Aerospace Medicine Squadron. The 673d AMDS is the only official government organization in Alaska that traps mosquitoes in order to have them tested for viruses and disease. From May through the latter part of September, Airmen set miniature light traps at various locations throughout Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Despite a big victory in the most recent session of the Alaska Legislature, members of the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation say threats to Alaska’s financial future remain. “Folks, we have a budget that we just can’t sustain,” said Sen. Anna Fairclough, an Eagle River Republican whose move from the House to the Senate in 2012 helped win passage of a controversial bill to reduce taxes on oil and gas producers.
The Annie Oakley of Eagle River’s Bear Paw Festival arms herself not with six-shooters but a to-do list longer than a snake’s shadow at sundown. “I have a yellow legal pad of four pages of things I need to follow up on,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Special Events Director Merry Braham said recently from the chamber’s Eagle River office, which is currently a tornado of Paw-related activity.
Dozens of bloody bodies were scattered across the rocky ground on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fire engulfed a plane in the background. Smoke swept over some victims, so thick they were nearly camouflaged.
Family farming is a growing business these days, with a pair of local farmers’ markets now offering produce and herbs grown locally. “This is our third year,” said Susan Boarland, who organizes a Thursday afternoon market at the Peters Creek American Legion.
While Caelan Rainey fights for his life inside a hospital room, his friends are fighting for him outside. Rainey, 12, is fighting complications caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacteria that can cause numerous types of infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He’s been in a medically-induced coma at Providence Hospital since June 2.
F-22 pilots and maintenance personnel from the active duty 3rd Wing and the Reserve 477th Fighter Group generated and flew nearly 90 sorties here June 11-12.