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A hundred legends, a hundred stories

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.
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Warmer weather brings youth to skate park

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.”
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Local JBER woman inducted into Athena Society

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.
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More about the monofill

The big topic at the March 26 Birchwood Community Council was Eklutna, Inc.’s presentation. Or more pointedly, their lack of presentation. According to council co-chair Jill F. Crosby, Eklutna, Inc. emailed in a cancelation to their presentation the day before the meeting, stating that they were in the process of requesting a postponement of their Anchorage Assembly hearing date on the master plan rezone until August or September.
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Fort Wainwright soldier charged in death of 3-year-old son

A soldier with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was charged on April 9 in the death of his 3-year-old son April 4 in the family’s on-post residence.

Official Election Results

According to the Municipal Clerk’s Office, all ballots have been counted for the April 1 election. Nothing changed for Chugiak-Eagle River races except a slight variation of numbers. In Assembly District 2 Seat C, Bill Starr received 3,714/61.3 percent of votes against Sharon Gibbons, who received 2,294/37.8 percent of votes. Over on the School Board front, Dean Williams received 10,914/27.98 percent of votes against winner Pat Higgins who received 20,250/51.92 percent.

Local JBER woman inducted into Athena Society

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.

A hundred legends, a hundred stories

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.

Slow down, or pay a hefty fine

Glenn Highway commuters are urged to slow down or else pony up a traffic fine. Anchorage Police Department is ramping up enforcement along the Glenn Highway during morning commuter hours in efforts to enforce safe driving.

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Coast Guard death incident report released

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the Major Incident Investigation (MII) Report into the incident aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, which resulted in the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf.

Local man and children rescued from Crow Pass

An Eagle River man and his two sons were rescued from Crow Pass Trail in the early morning hours of April 13. According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, Kathern Janes called Alaska State Troopers around 6:02 p.m. April 12 to report that her husband and two sons were overdue arriving at their arranged Girdwood pick-up point.

Fort Wainwright soldier charged in death of 3-year-old son

A soldier with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was charged on April 9 in the death of his 3-year-old son April 4 in the family’s on-post residence.

Slow down, or pay a hefty fine

Glenn Highway commuters are urged to slow down or else pony up a traffic fine. Anchorage Police Department is ramping up enforcement along the Glenn Highway during morning commuter hours in efforts to enforce safe driving.

POLICE BLOTTER - 4/17/14

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Aurora lights up local JBER family

Aurora lights up local JBER family

On March 24, I got my favorite Alaskan souvenir. Miss Aurora Spears was born. Similar to other military families we have a child for every state we have lived in for at least 12 months. After three kids we were not planning on continuing the trend, but then we moved to Alaska. I’m not sure what changed my mind. Maybe with four years since the birth of my youngest my reasons for wanting to stop with her were getting hazy. Was it that nearly every woman I knew was having a baby? Could it have been that, in Alaska, three or four children seem more normal than elsewhere? Perhaps it was the desire to be able to use a cool Alaska themed name. Whatever the reason, my family decided that we would go for a “made in Alaska” baby.

Earthquake reflections, from the outskirts of Anchorage

Back in 1964 before the earthquake hit, before anyone envisioned that Good Friday would go down in history not so much as a religious holiday as a destructive, deadly reminder of the earth’s fickleness, Ethel Breese was living in Anchorage, on the outskirts of the city around where Lake Otis Parkway and Tudor Road area exists today.

After the quake: Opening the road to the Kenai

The newspaper notice was published some weeks after the earthquake, saying that the road to the Kenai Peninsula from points north would open— but travel would be by convoy only. The first group of cars had to be on the Seward Highway past Indian by early evening to take advantage of the low tide. Bridges along the route were now—like the quake—history. They had crossed rivers whose snowmelt waters were gushing fro the mountains to meet this tidal arm of the sea. They had washed out when Turnagain Arm had been shaken during the upheaval, a misnomer, since the area had dropped considerably. So how were we to cross when the land was lower than it had been, and with the bridges out, too?

HB 77 could help streamline permitting system

A little over three years ago, the Department of Natural Resources recognized that the status quo for permitting wasn’t working. More than 2,600 of our permits and authorizations were backlogged, to the detriment of many businesses and individual Alaskans seeking to access state lands and resources, and to the detriment of our economy.

Bill threatens Alaskans right to know

Your right to know what’s happening in your local government and in your community is at risk. And while it’s in a holding pattern today, that risk still is there. First the context.

Archive » Letters to the Editor

Thanks so much

The Special Olympic Bowling group of Eagle River would like to thank the Elks Club of Eagle River. Thank you for providing the use of your banquet room so that we could hold our awards dinner and ceremony.

Say no to No Trespassing sign

This is in regarding the ‘No Trespassing’ sign posted on the gate of the path that leads to the Wallace Brothers LLC property. What I am saying is I and many others have been using this path for over 10 years and have never seen a No Trespassing sign posted on this path before.

Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The following are letters to the editor received at the Star from students at Gruening Middle School as part of their Project Citizen assignment. While all information contained within these letters can’t be substantiated, we’re running them as a testament to how young minds and voices can make a difference.

Reflections from an Assembly candidate

Nearly 20 years ago my family and I pulled off the Glenn Highway looking for the friend of a friend (we knew nobody else) that was gracious enough to let us park at her house in Eagle River. I knew right away this adventure was going to take hard work, perseverance, skill, and the help of many others. We bought our first home and have been committed to our community ever since.

Stop costly tax codes

Every year Americans negotiate 74,000 pages of costly and complex tax codes and spend roughly $265 billion and 6.1 billion hours filling out tax forms. This amount of time and money can be better spent on growing the economy and creating jobs.

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