For Eagle River hair dresser Joan Weinberger, Mother’s Day this year isn’t marked with the traditional trappings: A box of sampler candy, the chocolate covered strawberries, a bountiful bouquet of flowers and the afternoon yummy buffet. Hers is more aligned with life’s nitty gritty. It is a celebration of milestones and victories that at times only she can see as she battles to keep her 23-year-old son from further legal troubles and on the healing path from a traumatic brain injury. It is an acceptance of things she never dreamed when she first held him. It is taking steps at his side that she never thought she’d have to take.
It’s been 40 years since Eagle River’s Sam Cotten first won a seat in the Alaska state Legislature. Back in 1974, he’d decided to run for the House of Representatives on the spur of the moment, after the filing deadline for legislative candidates was extended from June to July.
A local business hit the big time last month. The Mustard Seed, a chic and colorful little salon tucked away at the end of Hanson Road, was featured in the April edition of “American Salon.”
It was a warm and sunny spring day, and the Eagle River Ale House was bustling with luncheon goers, most of them there to hear Senator Lisa Murkowski speak. Murkowski, in a tweed-colored sweater and slacks, made her way around the room, shaking hands and calling people by name.
At Heart to Heart Eagle River Crisis Pregnancy Center, which offers free pregnancy tests and pro-life oriented counseling, it’s not uncommon for executive director Alycia Thomas to be the first person a young woman tells that she might pregnant. Sometimes, Thomas ends up being the first person a teen opens up to, to confide that she’s been raped.
It was over before it barely began. The Lions Annual Easter Egg Hunt took place on sunny and warm day out at Lions Park. Parents and children lined up a good half an hour before the event kicked off, and many shrugged off their jackets and tied them around their waists because it felt good to feel the sun on bare arms after the long winter.
It was 42 degrees outside with a stiff wind, but already more than a half-dozen youth were grinding the rails last Sunday at the Eagle River skate park. But all of them were riding scooters. “Skateboarding’s still popular,” said Chugiak High School junior Joshua Macalino. “Out here, scootering’s been progressing.”
Looking through Chris Lundgren’s “Legendary Locals of Chugiak-Eagle River” is like taking a stroll through Eagle River’s past. So many familiar faces peer out from the pages, face belonging to names such as Ruth Alice Briggs and Bill Lowe, Billie and Vern Moore and Natalie Haskell Brooks, Marianna Koehler and Lee and Barbara Jordan.
Brigadier General Catherine Jorgensen, director of the joint staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Alaska Army National Guard, was inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society at a luncheon at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, March 31.