Suzanne Ashe

Outgoing Alaska Fine Arts Academy Executive Director Holly Lindsay took an emotional curtain call on Saturday night after the last performance of “Guys and Dolls, Jr.”

After a reprise of “A Bushel and A Peck,” by the cast, Lindsay thanked everyone for their hard work and handed out gifts.

The small cast spent three weeks in dancing, singing and acting classes, followed by learning scenes from the play and building sets.

Lesley Rouwenhorst removes a tray of one dozen white cupcakes from the oven. A tray of half-dozen remain on the rack. She moves swiftly through the minimalist kitchen to place the hot pan in a cool space.

Then she repeats her actions. This is something she may do a dozen times or more each day. Once frosted, the white cupcakes will join chocolate, red velvet and other flavors in the refrigerated display cases in the front of her store, Lesley’s Cakes.

Rouwenhorst’s baking routine begins early each morning, however she only bakes enough in a day for that day, she says.

The sibling team of Eagle River’s Twisted Sisters Quilty Pleasures offers more than just fabric and advice, entering the shop, at 11401 Old Glenn Highway, customers are greeted with cheerful displays, a couple of cute little dogs, and even a hangout area.

“Women will come in with their morning coffee and sit and visit. Or they’ll have some question about something they’ve seen and we’ll turn on the TV and look [instruction] videos up on YouTube,” said Katy Lander-Pederson, 50. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of work,” she added.

Just hours after after the Anchorage Fire Department issued a “high fire danger” warning for the Memorial Day weekend, emergency services received a call reporting a column of smoke from a wildfire on the south side of the Eagle River drainage, just south of the Briggs Bridge.

According to reports on Nixle, firefighters responded at about 5:30 p.m., with 12 units and requested a second alarm response while enroute. There are 8 APD units assisting with traffic and perimeter control.

Pay increases for police and fire supervisors, an overhaul of regulations tied to cell phone towers were topics of much debate Tuesday night during the Anchorage Assembly meeting.

The top ranks of the Anchorage Police and Fire departments have largely been staffed by “interim” upper ranks due to  the difference in pay between the union-membered police and firefighters and their supervisors.

Currently police sergeants and fire captains make about $15,000 to $20,000 more than their supervisors, it was revealed in meeting discussions.

Commencement ceremonies for Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools ushered in a new batch of fresh-faced graduates armed with smartphones and algebra equations, and ready to take on the world.

Out-going Anchorage School Superintendent Ed Graff quarterbacked both events on Monday, May 9 with Chugiak grads receiving diplomas and switching sides on their tassels beginning at 2 p.m. and Eagle River High honored the newly grads at 7.

March is National Noodle Month. Don’t believe me? Go here:

March is also: National Caffeine Awareness Month, National Celery Month, National Cheerleading Safety Month, National Craft Month, National Credit Education Month, National Flour Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Kidney Disease Awareness Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Sauce Month, National Umbrella Month, and National Women’s History Month.


I landed on my bum, and looked down to see my right leg pointed in an odd direction.

I think the only thought I could have after that, was, “I’m not going to get out of this that easy.”

In other words, when your legs are supposed to be pointing east, but one of them is pointing north, there’s no shaking it off and heading for home.

That was the beginning of my broken leg adventure, which of course, still continues. I hope to be back on both feet again soon, but the body needs time to heal.

Alaska is big. But with a population relatively few in number, one thing Alaskans can count on is the ability to share their thoughts and opinions with their state representatives.

And share they did, on Saturday, Feb. 27, at a Town Hall Meeting at the Chugiak Senior Center.

About three dozen Chugiak and Eagle River residents showed up to address a six-member panel of state representatives, including Lora Reinbold, (District 14), Dan Saddler (District 13), Cathy Tilton (District 12), Senator Anna MacKinnon (District G) and Senator Bill Stoltze (District F).

The Alaska GOP Presidential Preference Poll voting is today, March 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. Voting is open to all registered Republicans. The Democratic Party’s presidential caucus is scheduled for March 26.

Only five Republican presidential candidates remain on the ticket: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

If you are wondering where to poll, here’s where you go: