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Exposure to germs resumes with the start of classes

Last week’s trek back-to-school in the Chugiak-Eagle River area featured plenty of trendy and uber cute outfits, new classes, locker assignments and oh yes, a reconvening of the sharing of the germs, viruses and bacteria inadvertently and unintentionally attached to the students who have been separated for the past couple months by summer vacation.
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A ‘berry’ frustrating tale

Anyone who isn’t aware we have one of the best berry crops in years has been locked inside a closet. If you’re inclined toward hiking above the tree line you’ll notice a proliferation of blueberries and crowberries. I haven’t seen it myself, but I’m told that down toward Girdwood and farther south on the Kenai Peninsula, the wild salmon berries and raspberries are also profuse.
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Dining in style

The spacious and airy new Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center dining room was packed with a standing-room-only crowd during the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on July 30, and they came for more than the food and cake, too.
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Mountain views, and so much more

Two bedroom units remain available for applicants 55 years or older interested in taking up residence at the new Coronado Park Senior Village in downtown Eagle River.
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Rep. Lora Reinbold selected for prestigious fellow program

Alaska state Rep. Lora Reinbold is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.

Birchwood Bash, Sept. 24

Friday before the Monday assembly public hearing, to protest the rezone to allow monofill: The Assembly public hearing is presently scheduled to take place Sept. 23. An Assembly Work Session is tentatively sked for the mid- to early afternoon on the Friday prior to the hearing.

Exposure to germs resumes with the start of classes

Last week’s trek back-to-school in the Chugiak-Eagle River area featured plenty of trendy and uber cute outfits, new classes, locker assignments and oh yes, a reconvening of the sharing of the germs, viruses and bacteria inadvertently and unintentionally attached to the students who have been separated for the past couple months by summer vacation.

Memories, scanned one page at a time

When Eric Lundgren began searching for an Eagle Scout project, he didn’t have to look far. In fact, he didn’t have to look beyond his own family. His mother, author and Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society board of director member Chris Lundgren, serendipitously mentioned the boxed copies of the Knik Arm Courier newspapers carefully stacked over the society’s shelves.

A ‘berry’ frustrating tale

Anyone who isn’t aware we have one of the best berry crops in years has been locked inside a closet. If you’re inclined toward hiking above the tree line you’ll notice a proliferation of blueberries and crowberries. I haven’t seen it myself, but I’m told that down toward Girdwood and farther south on the Kenai Peninsula, the wild salmon berries and raspberries are also profuse.

Archive » Police Briefs

POLICE BLOTTER - 8/28/14

POLICE BLOTTER - 8/14/14

Throw Jimmy Lee a bone

An Anchorage Police Department K-9 partner recently made headlines after apprehending suspects at an Anchorage store. According to APD, it went down like this: On July 31, Officer Evans was patrolling the area of Tudor Road near Eau Clair Place when he noticed several subjects running across Tudor Road. At the same time, he heard an audible alarm coming from the Tudor Smoke Shop.

POLICE BLOTTER - 7/31/14

K9 dog stabbed during pursuit

Anchorage Police Department K9 “MP” was stabbed multiple times during an early morning pursuit this past weekend. On July 5, just after 1:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of North Flower Street and Peterkin Avenue in Anchorage in response to a disturbance between two males.

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How I became a fisherwoman (with a pink fishing pole)

Before coming to Alaska, I was never much of an outdoors woman. In particular, I had never really been fishing. I wasn’t opposed to the idea of fishing. Hanging out by a river or lake with a pole and a cooler full of cold drinks sounded like a lot of fun.

AARP’s Health Tip: Avoid Doughnuts

The dog days of August are the most likely time for Medicare Part D participants to fall into the “doughnut hole” and see their prescriptions costs rise. With AARP resources, you can see if you’re at risk of falling in, and find options for lowering your drug costs.

Voting helps shape Alaska’s future

‘Tis time to vote again in Alaska— Tuesday, August 19 is the primary ballot. The number of times I have visited the ballot box would almost make me think voting was a true Alaskan pastime. However, I am dismayed by the generally abysmal numbers.

Thanks for the honor, but others deserve recognition

It was an honor to have my name considered for attachment to the baseball field at Loretta French Park. It is also humbling because there are so many people more deserving of recognition than am I. Among the first to bring youth baseball to Chugiak-Eagle River were Paul “Bud” Fillmore, Stan Nickerson, “Hunk” Petranovich, and Max Pyles, Little League coaches in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Teams from Chugiak and Eagle River first played in the Katmai League, based in Mountain View. When new teams wanted to form, Katmai’s eight-team maximum would have been exceeded. The solution was to form a separate four-team league here, leading to Knik Little League’s formation 50 years ago.

Chugiak-Eagle River delegation supports oil tax reform, opposes Proposition 1

As legislators sworn to serve the best interests of our constituents and the state as a whole, our delegation is proud of our unanimous votes to pass the oil tax reform bill known as Senate Bill 21. We encourage all Alaskans to join with us to vote no on Proposition 1 seeking its repeal.

Archive » Letters to the Editor

Choose Respect

I worked for the State of Alaska Anchorage Airport eight years. A co-worker got a sexual harassment deal going against the airport director. I got it in the news, radio and TV. I turned it in to EEOC as we had nine cases of human right violations there at the airport. I wrote up a number of EEO reports for the minorities. I mailed the two newspaper articles to the Alaska Legislature and hundreds of names listed in the state book. I also mailed hundreds more to all the airlines and aviation safety organizations. I mailed one to the airport director telling him what I did and said that I was trying to help him so he could do his job better. That we need to get everyone everywhere to work on this problem as a team. I got fired and given a lifetime ban from state employment for making a false statement. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and now the State Ombudsman has been investigating it for 18 years. They said they are going as fast as they can on the investigation. I joined the NAACP and they picked up my case to the lieutenant governor and now Gov. Parnell.

Thanks for your time, and kindness

Thanks for a loving ‘letting go’

Thank you to all the staff at Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic here in Eagle River. You all have served us the past 11 1/2 years with such great care. You treated us as though we were your only patient, providing us with the best care and with great concern, making us feel we were your only patient.

Choose Respect

I worked for the State of Alaska Anchorage Airport eight years. A co-worker got a sexual harassment deal going against the airport director. I got it in the news, radio and TV. I turned it in to EEOC as we had nine cases of human right violations there at the airport. I wrote up a number of EEO reports for the minorities. I mailed the two newspaper articles to the Alaska Legislature and hundreds of names listed in the state book. I also mailed hundreds more to all the airlines and aviation safety organizations. I mailed one to the airport director telling him what I did and said that I was trying to help him so he could do his job better. That we need to get everyone everywhere to work on this problem as a team. I got fired and given a life time ban from state employment for making a false statement. DOT refused to say what the false statement was or the name of the person I gave the false statement to. EEOC and now the State Ombudsman has been investigating it for 18 years. They said they are going as fast as they can on the investigation. As it turns out, in my opinion state employees never win against the state management on human rights cases. I joined the NAACP and they picked up my case to Lt. Gov. and now Gov. Parnell. We have given him hundreds of pages of human right violations. He has had the paper work for eight years now. I went to Gov. Parnell’s Choose Respect march last year in Palmer. I asked the governor how many more years does he need to get back with us on the Choose Respect case that I was fired for. He said that he would get back with me on the number of years he needs to get back with me. That was last year and we still haven’t heard from him.

Anchorage Amendment is common sense way to fix big money in elections

It has become clear that big money spending by corporations in elections is a problem. Since the outcome of Citizens United campaign spending has reached an all time high. The top 32 Super PAC donors in the 2012 election gave as much as President Obama and Mitt Romney raised from all of their small donors combined—that’s at least 3.7 million people giving less than $200 whose voices were overpowered by just 32 megadonors.

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