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Kale is a super green that grows well in our cool soils and is gaining in popularity. Historically, kale is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Ancient Rome saw kale as an important vegetable of the peasant class. English settlers brought this vegetable to America in the 17th century.

I’ve been hiking and climbing in southcentral Alaska for quite some time, and I’ve often found that one of the most difficult journeys is from the couch to the door, and from the door to the car. Most people would agree that getting into the outdoors, even for short hikes, is a good prescription for improving and maintaining health. Besides, many of us spend too much time indoors during the long, dark winters. So here are some relatively easy hikes that are close by and don’t require the exceptional fitness of champion runner Ali Ostrander.

A 21-year-old Indiana man is facing federal child pornogrpahy charges related to the death of Cynthia Hoffman, a 19-year-old woman who was found dead in the Eklutna River last week.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, June 11.

The library has been closed since May 10, when the Eagle River Town Center Building was deemed unsafe due to the discovery of damage caused by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. The building was declared safe by the State Fire Marshal last week, but library staff needed the weekend to get the space prepared.

A 30-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly throwing change at a convenience store clerk has been arrested again — this time for allegedly stabbing a man in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Kyle W. Smith got into a fight with another man in the hallway outside the man’s apartment in Eagle River on the night of June 5. Police refused to say where exactly in Eagle River the assault took place, only that it took place outside an apartment on the 12300 block of the Old Glenn Highway.

Police have arrested three more people in connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman found dead alongside the Eklutna River last week.

An 18-year-old woman who was originally questioned and released in the Cynthia Hoffman death investigation has been arrested and charged with her murder.

The Eagle River Campground has been reopened after a closure that began at the beginning of May due to damage to the access road caused by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

State officials originally estimated the work would take until the middle of the month to repair.

“We’re really excited to get that work done ahead of schedule,” said Chugach State Park superintendent Kurt Hensel in a June 7 press release announcing the opening.

Even with a record crowd on hand there was still more than enough baseball to go around Thursday night at Lee Jordan Field.

Unfortunately for Fish fans, Malcom Tipler’s 2-run single in the top of the 14th inning put a damper on an otherwise dreamlike night at the ballpark as the Anchorage Glacier Pilots took a 3-1 win in the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ home opener.

Staff returned to their offices inside the Eagle River Town Center Building after the structure was again deemed safe to occupy by the Alaska State Fire Marshal.

The local parks and recreation and street maintenance departmens are back in their normal spaces, as is the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. The Chugiak-Eagle River Library is also in the process of re-opening, but will remain closed until staff can get caught up.

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