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Thunderbirds come from a long line of tradition, and training

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
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TOP 10 Alaska hikes

For those who have perused my ‘Mountain Echoes’ column over the years, it’s probably quite evident what my favorite hikes are. But there’s nothing wrong with a review. What I hope is to peak your interest in trying a few out yourself. I’ll start with my absolute favorite and work down the list, with the caveat that even number 10, at the bottom of the list, is stellar in my opinion.
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Six bills, six signatures

Gov. Parnell, surrounded by representatives of the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation, signed six bills into action at last week’s chamber luncheon at the Bear Mountain Grill.
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Flying back toward bygone days

It was loud. The engine churned and roared, and as we took off down the runaway at Merrill Field last Wednesday, the small WW II T-6 trainer plane shook as if with effort.
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Thunderbirds come from a long line of tradition, and training

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

TOP 10 Alaska hikes

For those who have perused my ‘Mountain Echoes’ column over the years, it’s probably quite evident what my favorite hikes are. But there’s nothing wrong with a review. What I hope is to peak your interest in trying a few out yourself. I’ll start with my absolute favorite and work down the list, with the caveat that even number 10, at the bottom of the list, is stellar in my opinion.

Flying back toward bygone days

It was loud. The engine churned and roared, and as we took off down the runaway at Merrill Field last Wednesday, the small WW II T-6 trainer plane shook as if with effort.

Six bills, six signatures

Gov. Parnell, surrounded by representatives of the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation, signed six bills into action at last week’s chamber luncheon at the Bear Mountain Grill.

Writing through a ‘Cold Spell’

Deb Vanasse sits out on the deck of her house out on Hiland Road, casually dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, her hand idly stroking the head of her energetic boxer, McKenzie. Behind her the valley stretches wide and far, and out in the distance two eagles float across the sky.

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POLICE BLOTTER - 7/31/14

POLICE BLOTTER - 7/10/14

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.
A ceremony of closure

A ceremony of closure

You’ve probably seen them while biking, running or walking your dog on the bicycle path along the Glenn Highway, three crosses perched in the straggly grass at the side of the trail, one white and stark, another blue and the last one larger, with bright red letters declaring the name Wollam.

POLICE BLOTTER - 7/3/14

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Alaska offers a new and “leafy” way of eating

Before moving here, I pondered what living in Alaska would be like; I wondered if it would change our eating habits. Watching reality television of Alaska gave me visions of a freezer full of moose, salmon, and king crab.

Sitka man gets medal, six decades late

SITKA (AP) — After a delay of more than six decades, Mike Perensovich has received the prestigious Air Medal for the some 200 missions he flew as a flight engineer in the Berlin Airlift.

Block party offers a chance for fellowship and new friends

Over the weekend my neighbors hosted a neighborhood block party. They went up and down our whole street inviting everyone to a get-to-know-each-other potluck. The church that both our families belong to provided a sound system, grill and bounce house. However, the real attraction was fellowship with those who live near us.

Voting no on Ballot Measure 1 is good for the people of Alaska

I am against Ballot Measure 1, which is designed to nullify SB21 and reinstate the failed tax policy called ACES on North Slope oil production. SB21, the current tax law, is a reasonable and fair tax that has encouraged development of more oil production, and will put more oil in the pipeline. My opposition is grounded in my belief that the ACES tax was onerous and would, if reinstated, act to severely limit the state’s long-term income from oil production.

Military Appreciate Picnic offers a lot to appreciate

One nice thing about being stationed in Alaska is how supportive the local community is to the military and military families. Last week, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce showed their love with their annual Military Appreciation Picnic.

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Candy throwing adds sweetness to parade

What a great community we live in where we have the candy parade on the Fourth of July every year. We have a big bash at our place right on the Old Glenn every year and the kids all compete on who will get the most candy. This year the parade had a new participating group in the parade in the classic cars with many old military vehicles.

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.

School zones should be safety zones

Letters to the editor

Oh, the possibilities

In October, I stumbled upon a new business in Eagle River and it just keeps getting better. Some of you may have known the spot as Harry’s Auto many years ago, or as Napa Auto or the Eagle River Candy Store. Now it is a lovely antique and vintage business called “The Possibilities Shop.”

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