Credit Union 1 is pleased to announce that Tiarra Gustin has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Eagle River Branch.

Originally hired in 2007, Gustin began as a teller and was later promoted to the positions of accountant, member service officer, member service representative, member service supervisor, assistant branch manager, and most recently branch manager, the position she held prior to this promotion.

In her new position, Gustin will be responsible for the daily operations of Credit Union 1’s Eagle River Branch.

The time-weathered road angling up the mountainside was quickly narrowing. Hiking slightly under an elevation of 3,000 feet, I was literally following the footsteps of gold seekers from the last century.

I soon came upon an open adit, or tunnel, where gold ore was taken from the mountain. From this point the raw ore was loaded onto a tramway that transported it about 1,000 feet down the mountain to milling equipment. 

A recount has confirmed the challenger in a northern Alaska legislative race defeated incumbent Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow in the Aug. 16 primary.

State Division of Elections officials said Monday that challenger Dean Westlake widened his lead the House District 40 race from four to eight votes. Westlake received 825 votes, and Nageak got 817 votes.

The recount was conducted after the initial certified results showed Westlake won with 819 votes, compared to Nageak’s 815. A previous unofficial count after the primary had Westlake in the lead by 21 votes.

The clouds were dark and a steady southeast wind was whipping up white caps on Eklutna Lake Aug. 24 of this year as I biked back to an old picnic spot where I took my children many years ago.

The lake level was high from August rains and waves lapped up close to the trail, threatening to wash it away as it has done several times over the years.

In the first week of September, 45 years ago, Robert Mottram flew by helicopter to the Chilkat Mountains west of Admiralty Island. It was not a pleasant experience.

On Sept. 4, 1971, Alaska Airlines Flight 1866, en route from Anchorage to Seattle via Cordova, Yakutat, Juneau and Sitka, slammed into a mountainside while approaching Juneau International Airport. All 111 people aboard the aircraft were killed. It was — and remains — Alaska’s worst air disaster.

“It’s like being on another planet,” wrote Mottram, the Juneau bureau chief for the Associated Press, at the time.

Locally, 321 low-income kids and their families were served with free school supplies, free haircuts, and even tasty hot dogs and music Saturday, Aug. 13. It was just an upbeat, helpful event attended by local families enjoying nearly $70 dollars per child of free supplies, haircuts, and a good chance to network with their neighbors. The annual event was held at the host church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, and is sponsored by the 19 local Christian churches of the local Love INC of Eagle River.

In 1917 Lions International was founded by Melvin Jones as a strictly men in service organization. Then in 1925 Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan were honored as the first and second ladies of Lionism. Helen Keller challenged Lions at the 1927 International Convention to be Knights of the Blind. That challenge was accepted.

Until 1975 Lions was a men only service organization. Then the Lioness Program began as a sub-group. In 1987 the first group of women was approved for Lion’s membership as a sole entity.

Parker Whaley, physics, math, and computer science student at University of Alaska-Fairbanks, received the Outstanding Graduating Physicist Award from UAF in May 2016.

Parker graduated from Chugiak High School in 2012.

He is the son of Stephanie Whaley of Chugiak and Al Whaley of Anchorage.

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If you attended the Bear Paw Parade, you probably saw the Lions’ Vision and Eye Screening Trailer go by you, with Lions and Leos marching alongside, handing out candy to the kids and having a blast along the way.

Now, those same Lions and Lions clubs from around the state are organizing together to provide free eye screening at the Alaska State Fair.

Put the Lions on your “must-see” list of free things to do at the fair this year.

The rich, full, melodic sounds of pipe organ music are set to be featured Sunday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chugiak as Pipe Dreams 2016 is presented on what promoters say is the “the most northernmost mechanical action (tracker-style) organ in the western hemisphere.”