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Autistic students design dress to raise awareness

It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.
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Bear sightings group alerts neighbors, advocates for safe trash disposal

Tami Jones saw movement outside her kitchen window as she opened the garage door of her West Lake Drive home in Eagle River. A black bear stood on his hind legs watching through the kitchen window as Jones’ daughter tickled and chased her granddaughter in the kitchen. Jones said she thinks the bear was curious about the squealing noises.
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Indigenous art

In the Mexican town of El Arenal, Ray Gaytan had a simple life, growing up on a farm ranch with a home set among green hills. At night, he and his siblings would listen to grandmother and auntie tell stories by the light of an oil lamp.
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Sharp shooters

Two teams from the Borealis Bullseye rifle team recently competed in the Civilian Military Program (CMP) three-position Regional Championships held April 9-11 in Sandy, Utah, with four of the ten members hailing from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools.
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Demboski, Berkowitz battle for mayor’s seat

Polls open May 5 for the mayoral election, with Amy Demboski against Ethan Berkowitz after a first round of voting in April left two contenders. Demboski said she won’t apologize for making ideology an issue in the non-partisan race. “Ideology matters,” she said. “When you have someone grounded in values that represent integrity and honesty, that’s important. When you talk about ideology on a bigger scale when we apply that to politics, frankly I’m more interested in Anchorage looking like Anchorage, Alaska, than San Francisco, California.”

Bear sightings group alerts neighbors, advocates for safe trash disposal

Tami Jones saw movement outside her kitchen window as she opened the garage door of her West Lake Drive home in Eagle River. A black bear stood on his hind legs watching through the kitchen window as Jones’ daughter tickled and chased her granddaughter in the kitchen. Jones said she thinks the bear was curious about the squealing noises.

Autistic students design dress to raise awareness

It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.

Indigenous art

In the Mexican town of El Arenal, Ray Gaytan had a simple life, growing up on a farm ranch with a home set among green hills. At night, he and his siblings would listen to grandmother and auntie tell stories by the light of an oil lamp.

U.S. ambassador talks up Alaska-Mongolia partnership

The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia visited the Alaska National Guard last week to provide a first-hand look at the personnel- and equipment-supporting peace keeping missions in the land-locked Asian nation.
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POLICE BLOTTER - 4/30/15

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POLICE BLOTTER - 4/16/15

Hiker dies at Eklutna

Hiker dies at Eklutna

Jamarus Spires, a 31-year-old man from Anchorage, died after falling from a cliff in the Eklutna area on April 12, according to the Anchorage Police Department. The next of kin have been notified. A woman called APD Dispatch around 4:15 p.m. that day and said her boyfriend had fallen off a cliff near Mile 1 of Eklutna Lake Road. The couple was out for a hike with two children, according to police. The man fell several hundred feet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, Mat-Com, and Alaska State Troopers air support responded but were unable to retrieve the body. Alaska Mountain Rescue Group responders were able to get to the body, but couldn’t retrieve it.

POLICE BLOTTER - 4/9/15

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Responsible citizenship keeps our community vibrant and strong

On May 5, the voting polls open for the final showdown between mayoral candidates Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz. Yes, I know it’s been a long haul. A large field of candidates in the first mayoral election with no one getting the requisite number of votes to win has meant voters are in danger of suffering election fatigue.

She’s got the Joy down in her heart: food pantry director serves the poor

No one who needs food is turned away from the Harvest Christian Fellowship Food Pantry, said its director, Joy Thompson. “And you don’t have to jump through hoops to get it,” she said. Thomson is a dynamic woman, with a big, beautiful smile and a head full of goldilocks curls. She’s worked at the food pantry for 15 years.

Community rallies to bring relief, support to house fire victims

Today, I feel especially proud of our Chugiak-Eagle River community, after reporting on a house fire and its aftermath that occurred last weekend. I spoke to the Edwards family. Days after escaping a house fire with only the clothes on their backs and watching their home burn down while firefighters battled to control it, husband and wife said they felt, not devastation, but an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

Best laid plans washed, house not so much

I had 36 hours while my husband was in Fairbanks. It wasn’t a lot of time, but I was going to surprise Chase with a sparkling clean home. I kissed my husband and waved as he drove off. Almost as if on cue, the baby woke up. Rory had her cranky pants on that morning. I picked her up, cuddled her, and fed her. When she was as happy as could be I set her down, ready to start my day. As soon as my hand was no longer in contact with her, she let out an ear-piercing scream. So I picked her up again, cuddled her again, and she was happy as could be until I tried letting her down once more.

Here comes the sun

Soon, like the lyrics in Of Montreal’s “Oslo in the Summertime,” Alaska will be a place where “nobody can fall asleep / staring out the window from my bed. / At 4 a.m. the sun is up.” (If you haven’t heard this bouncy tune, download it sometime and play it on warm day. Those Norwegians really get the whole midnight sun thing.)
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Archive » Letters to the Editor

Demboski will keep streets ‘clean’ of homeless people

As a transplant born in Anchorage, I first moved to Eagle River in 1974. We have worked hard to keep the homeless inebriates and other riff-raff off our streets and back in the big city where they belong; we have reason to be proud of our efforts. I support Amy (Demboski) for mayor, for if we get a liberal mayor the population we have worked so hard to keep off our streets could come flooding back in and ruin all our hard work.

Photo coverage shows bias against Gruening

We, the Gruening Middle School track team, noticed in the April 16 issue of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, that there were no photos of Gruening athletes. Although Gruening Middle School lost to Mirror Lake, we are still half the middle school population of Eagle River and Chugiak. Of the four photos you included in your newspaper, none of them are of us. Even the front page showed a Mirror Lake hurdler who placed second to one of our faster hurdlers! We worked just as hard as our across-town rival. We deserve to be noticed too.

Vote for Demboski, Snelling on April 7

Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River and Peters Creek have an opportunity to make history on Tuesday, April 7. Amy Demboski and Elisa Snelling are both local residents who are on the ballot. Amy graduated from Chugiak High School and UAA. Locally, she has served as the president of the Chugiak Community Council, and volunteered with the Sleeping Lady Lions. But her experience goes much further. Amy has chaired the Municipal Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the Parks and Rec board and the Judicial Conduct Commission.

Social media root of anti-social behaviors

Social media has become a major source of communication in our society. Human interaction has dramatically changed since the birth of sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and numerous others. We have gone from actual friendships and speaking, to gaining friends or “likes” so it can appear as if we have a great social life. This breeds drama and devolves our interaction with each other into “likes”. In coffee shops, you will sometimes see two friends spending time together, but they both spend half the time with their attention fixed on the screens of their devices to check tweets, status updates, or snapchats. The impact social media is having on our society is far too great to ignore. It is destroying our youth’s ability to participate in a conversation without the shield of technology.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Did you know that the Chugiak Fire Department put in over 45,000 volunteer hours of service to our community last year? They responded to 958 calls for help, an increase of about 8 percent over the number of calls they had in 2013.
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