Friday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. — First National Bank gingerbread house contest judging, First National Bank (11412 Business Boulevard)
2 to 6 p.m. — Merry Merchant Munch (see map)
5:30 to 8 p.m. — Winter Wonderland caroling, free sleigh rides and free refreshments, Town Square Park
7 p.m. — Santa arrives/tree lighting ceremony, Town Square Park
In Afghanistan, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be conducting operations in order to support and increase the security of Afghan national forces, said First Sgt. Aaron Spahl.
The approximately 3,500 troops, whose nickname is the “Spartans,” will focus on training and mentoring Afghan national forces, Spahl said.
Heading into hostile territory is nothing new for Brian Flanagan, a member of the Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, who is about to ship out on his fourth tour of duty overseas. But this time around, leaving home will be especially tough.
"Every one has its own challenges," Flanagan said shortly before a deployment ceremony for the 3,500-member brigade at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
This time around, Flanagan will be leaving not just the safety of home, but a newborn son, 3-month-old Colin.
Three Mat-Su residents arrested in a September disturbance involving Anchorage police at the Homestead Lounge are fighting the charges against them.
Police came to the Eagle River bar on Regency Drive the night of Sept. 11. Reports at the time described the situation as an alcohol-fueled melee involving a bar full of people who turned on officers making a routine bar check.
Police said they tackled one patron after he slapped an officer’s arm. They pepper-sprayed another. The three men spent the night in jail.
Dan Graeber manages the Homestead Lounge and Eagle River Bowl.
But there’s more to his story than that.
Graeber spent several years on the national bowling circuit and says he still carries a 210 average, a score that puts him among the top half-dozen senior bowlers in the state. He served on the city council of Cheyenne, Wyo. and ran for mayor.
Graeber came to Alaska in the mid-1980s. He operated the Pines Club, once known as Anchorage’s biggest and most popular country-western nightclub. A rodeo was associated with the club.