10 years ago this week in the Star

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 13:33

Volunteers pitch in for Eagle River

Volunteers from Anchorage were helping expand recycling opportunities in Chugiak-Eagle River, according to a story in the Jan. 31, 2002 Alaska Star.

The one-stop drop-offs were set to begin in April and continue the second Saturday of each month. The groups planned to collect materials not currently able to be recycled in Eagle River, which only had facilities for aluminum and newspapers.

Under the expanded program, glass, tin and mixed paper would be collected.

Proponents of the program said it would make recycling in Eagle River easier.


Gruening parents eye options

Gruening Middle School parents met to discuss options for handling the burgeoning overcrowding situation at Chugiak High.

Many of the 23 parents who showed up for a meeting with acting principal Dale Normandin had ideas on what to do with the following year’s ninth graders.

Some parents said the students should stay at Gruening for their freshman year, while others preferred exploring magnet schools or sending students to King Career Center.

None favored sending the ninth graders to Mirror Lake.


They’re not shooting skeet…

A spokesman for the U.S. Army didn’t know who was firing artillery shells on the Eagle River flats heard all around town one Wednesday morning.

“You’re not the first call we got today,” Maj. Ben Danner told the Star. “I can’t tell you who is firing, or how long the training will be going on.”

Danner said the training was most likely being carried out by either the Army or National Guard.

Danner said the loud noises coming from Fort Richardson were unusual in that the Army typically carried out most of its heavy artillery work at Fort Greeley.


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