The students and staff in the Structured Learning classroom at Eagle River High School received top honors in the school division from the Alaskans for Litter Prevention & Recycling at its annual awards banquet April 29 in the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Thirteen students and five staff collected and sorted enough plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles from the school’s garbage this year to fill more than 150 industrial-size garbage bags, taking time each day after lunch hour for the project.

On May 8, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office announced the names of her first session of summer interns who will work with her in her Washington, D.C. office starting in June.

Air Force graduate

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Andrea I. Jaque-Baez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Jaque-Baez completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Diane Poage has lived in Eagle River for several years and worked in special education for the Anchorage School District for more than two decades.

Yet, up until recently she knew very little about Family Outreach Center for Special Needs, the social services agency she now heads, other than the workings of its infant learning program.

Since June 1, 2014, when she became the agency’s executive director, that lack of first-hand knowledge has hit the steep end of the learning curve, and Poage couldn’t be more pleased to be climbing.

“To everyone who has a novel in the works, in a drawer, on the dining room table, or saved in a computer file, I’m advising you to never give up.”

So says Mary Wasche, an Eagle River author who recently published her first novel “Escape to Alaska.”

The book offers a chance to view 1960s Alaska through the eyes of a young Minnesota woman seeking refuge in Whittier after witnessing a murder.

Wasche’s second novel “Murder in Wasilla” is set to publish next spring, and she’s working on a third, a Civil War era kidnapping story.

William and Lisa Zimmerman, of Palmer, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mikayla Lea, to Garett Brady Tree, son of Shelli and Gerald Tree.

Their wedding date is set for June 27, 2015.

Mikayla is a graduate of Chugiak High School and currently pursuing a bachelors of nursing at University of Anchorage Alaska. She has two siblings, Sara, 17, and Alex, 15.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District recently selected Michael Coy as the new chief of the real estate branch effective July 27.

Coy is now charged with providing the planning, acquisition, appraisal, management and disposal of realty services to the Army, Air Force and National Guard elements in Alaska. Other responsibilities include the leasing of recruiting facilities required for all armed services in the state.

Dean’s List

Anna Myers, of Eagle River, made the spring semester Dean’s List at the University of Montana.

Students must earn a semester grade average of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits in order to qualify for Dean’s List status.


Air Force graduates

Air Force Airman 1st Class Kathryn C. Infantino and Zachery A. Boswell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Basic training graduate

Navy Seaman Austin C. Mock, son of Christopher L. and Mindy E. Mock of Chugiak, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Mock completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Graduating with honors Candace Blas, Chugiak High School graduate 2006, graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska, Anchorage -Spring 2014, with a degree in International Studies. Her first two years of college were spent in North Carolina at Wake Forest University and Appalachian State University. Currently, Blas is the campaign manager for Claire Ross (D) who is running for the Alaska State Senate, District K.


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