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Alaskan warmth, with Jamaican cheer

Robert Rose thought he’d be cold spending this summer working at Camp Carlquist on the shores of Edmonds Lake in Chugiak. After all, he hails from St. Andrews, Jamaica, where Scouting adventures generally occur under sunnier skies. Yet, he’s been surprisingly warm. On recent days when the temperature pushed 70 degrees, Rose admitted that he misses the ocean breeze that cools his homeland.
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More than a stylist

Apply plenty of gel before. Spray a fair amount of high-holding hairspray afterward. Use lots of tender loving care and listen with an empathetic ear in between. That’s the secret to a successful shampoo set at the Styles Your Way salon run by Jayleen Hageman at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.
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The magic and the wonder

When I was growing up on a farm out in northwestern Pennsylvania, my mother would drive my three sisters and me the next town over to watch the fireworks. We’d lie on blankets itching mosquito bites and pinching one another as the darkness slowly descended, and as we waited we stuffed our mouths with candy (usually forbidden) and drank cold sodas (also forbidden) and fidgeted in that hushed and anticipatory moment that stretched on forever.
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A journey of time and fire

Last week’s rain may be putting a bittersweet end to the wild land firefighting season and the opportunity for members of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company to gain hands-on experience through a support contract with the state Division of Forestry.
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Alaskan warmth, with Jamaican cheer

Robert Rose thought he’d be cold spending this summer working at Camp Carlquist on the shores of Edmonds Lake in Chugiak. After all, he hails from St. Andrews, Jamaica, where Scouting adventures generally occur under sunnier skies. Yet, he’s been surprisingly warm. On recent days when the temperature pushed 70 degrees, Rose admitted that he misses the ocean breeze that cools his homeland.

More than a stylist

Apply plenty of gel before. Spray a fair amount of high-holding hairspray afterward. Use lots of tender loving care and listen with an empathetic ear in between. That’s the secret to a successful shampoo set at the Styles Your Way salon run by Jayleen Hageman at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The magic and the wonder

When I was growing up on a farm out in northwestern Pennsylvania, my mother would drive my three sisters and me the next town over to watch the fireworks. We’d lie on blankets itching mosquito bites and pinching one another as the darkness slowly descended, and as we waited we stuffed our mouths with candy (usually forbidden) and drank cold sodas (also forbidden) and fidgeted in that hushed and anticipatory moment that stretched on forever.

Retired Chugiak High teacher eyes Stoltze’s former House seat

Gretchen Wehmhoff announced her candidacy for House District last week at a campaign kick-off picnic at Mirror Lake Park. Wehmhoff is the sister-in-law of Representative Bill Stoltze, who is running for Senate, leaving his former house seat open.

A journey of time and fire

Last week’s rain may be putting a bittersweet end to the wild land firefighting season and the opportunity for members of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company to gain hands-on experience through a support contract with the state Division of Forestry.

Archive » Police Briefs

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.

POLICE BLOTTER - 7/10/14

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

Missing wings

A Piper Cub airplane has been reported stolen from the Birchwood Airport, according to the Anchorage Police Department. The plane is a 1950 Piper PA-18, with a tail number of N7533K.

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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.

Alaska National Guard sexual assault investigation poses questions

Questions remain as to why Gov. Parnell waited almost four years to open an official investigation into 2010 Alaska National Guard (ANG) chaplains’ reports to him of sexual assaults of particular servicewomen in the ANG.

Teamwork key to our success during session

It has been said that “no man stands alone,” and that is the case when it comes to getting things done in the Alaska State Legislature. Over the past 12 years, while representing the Chugiak, Peters Creek and Eklutna areas, I have had the privilege of working with a good team of legislators from the Chugiak-Eagle River area, this year was no different.

Archive » Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

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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