Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 19:00

It shouldn’t have been shocking to see snow coming down again last Saturday, but it was sure strange. After an endless winter filled with late snowfalls, our May 25 spring surprise was just the icing on the cake of what’s been the oddest winter in a long time.

Driving up Hiland Road after the big dump was surreal. Although most of the snow melted quickly in low-lying areas, the mountains appeared to be in mid-winter form. Downhill skiers eagerly made new tracks in the fresh stuff as a bright spring sun blasted down on them from above.

We heard some grumbling from folks who are sick and tired of winter, but for the most part it seemed Chugiak-Eagle River took the late snow in stride. Judging by the number of Facebook posts we saw featuring snowmen and shovels, we bet more than a few people found fun ways to take advantage of the freak snow.

It’s just one more reason how living in Alaska keeps you on your toes. Just when you think you’ve got this place figured out, it does something surprising.

We wouldn’t want it any other way.


Much to remember

Memorial Day is Monday, May 27.

It’s a day filled with special meaning here in our community, where we know all too well the sacrifices our men and women and uniform make for this country. Chugiak-Eagle River is proud of its military connections, and we feel the hurt as much as anyone when one of our soldiers or airmen pays the ultimate price for freedom.

A ceremony will be held at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Monday at noon. Proclamations will be read by Sen. Mark Begich and Gov. Sean Parnell, as well as a laying of wreaths and music. Anyone interested in attending should enter through the Fort Rich entrance.

Most of us will use the holiday as a way to kick off the summer season with barbecues and time spent with friends and family.

But as we celebrate this somber and patriotic holiday, let’s all take a moment to remember the service members who have lost their lives in defense of this nation.

We wish to thank our fallen heroes for all they’ve given.

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