This is our way of saying hello

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 19:00

Thanks for taking a look at this debut edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River “Star Extra,” a publication we hope you will enjoy reading as much as we did putting it together.

For more than four decades, the Star has always been your hometown paper, a place where readers can learn about the goings on around town that aren’t covered in the “big city” media. From local sports and schools to community councils and what’s going on with the military, we take a lot of pride in making sure we deliver the kind of news our friends and neighbors here in Chugiak-Eagle River have come to expect each week.

But even though we’ve been around for more than 42 years, we felt it was about time to reintroduce ourselves to the community we love. And that’s where the “Extra” idea came in.

This week’s edition has been mailed to roughly 20,000 homes in Chugiak, Eagle River, Birchwood, Eklutna, JBER, Thunderbird Falls and Peters Creek. Although we have many loyal readers in these areas, we thought it might not be a bad idea to say hello to a few people who might have missed us.

So who are we?

The Star was founded in 1971 by Lee Jordan, a man whose commitment to this community is unrivaled. Jordan believed in the vision of an independent newspaper in his town, and that vision is alive today. Our mission has always been to deliver the best in local news, to support our community and to have a positive impact on the lives of the people who live in this wonderful area.

Although the Star is now owned by Morris Communications, our staff remains true to the independent ideals that have kept this paper alive for so many years. We live here, shop here, play here and work here. In short, we love Chugiak-Eagle River, and we don’t plan on going anywhere!

We welcome feedback (even criticism) from our readers, and our office in downtown Eagle River is always open to the public — if the lights are on, stop by for a cup of coffee.

With our latest publication, the Star Extra, we wanted to give you the best we’ve got to offer. So in these pages you’ll find several in-depth stories detailing news and issues facing Chugiak-Eagle River. You’ll also find an expanded military section, including the debut of our newest columnist, Lori Spears. Lori is the spouse of a U.S. Army captain, and we think her perspective will provide a unique look into the lives of some of our most important — and often overlooked — community members.

We truly hope you enjoy this edition of the Star with our compliments. If you like getting the paper in your mailbox and wish to subscribe, call us at (907) 694-2727. Even if you don’t want to subscribe, we encourage you to pick up the Star — for free — at more than 100 locations around town and on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. You can also visit us online at, “like” us on Facebook or even follow us on Twitter (@alaska_star).

We want to continue serving as your one and only source of local news in Chugiak-Eagle River. It’s what we’ve taken “extra” pride in for 42 years, and it’s something we plan to continue doing for many years to come.

Finally — and most important of all — thanks for reading!

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