AMY ARMSTRONG

Pomp and Circumstance has stopped playing as the graduation season has ended. Occasionally, I still hear a few measures rattling around in my brain so that only leads to the notion that I also have a few musings about graduation to mutter.

Since the usual tradition of me writing about graduation was forgone this year due to a choice to focus solely on my own son’s graduation (way to go Ian R. Armstrong, you are rocking awesome!), I guess instead of featuring the accomplishments of this year’s crop of seniors, I get to make a few comments.

As early voting has begun in this year’s municipal election, the Anchorage Assembly paved the way for mail-in voting to be the main methodology for elections beginning in 2017.

As part of a lengthy agenda Tuesday night, the Assembly voted 9 to 2 in favor of an ordinance giving marching orders for mainly mail-in elections for the future.

The move is in line with trends in the Lower 48 states in which numerous states and counties have opted for mail-in voting that facilitates the closing of most site-based polling places.

Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff said the district isn’t anticipating having to issue any pink slips at the end of this school year based on the district’s budget woes because the 49 teaching positions currently on the chopping block can be absorbed through attrition and retirements.

That is the good news of the school district’s told attendees the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on March 16.

The Anchorage Police Department has released the name of the man killed in the parking lot of the Wood River Park Apartments early last Friday morning.

APD officers conducting a welfare check early Friday morning based on a phone call from an anonymous call found Marcus Dushun Cosby, Jr., 24, lying dead outside the F block of the apartment complex at 3:32 a.m. on Friday, March 11.

According to the press release issued on Monday, Cosby died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Pushing walkers or strollers, sporting gun belts or holsters, hundreds of folks flocked to the gun show, at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

In an effort to increase community interaction and create new revenue sources to replace dwindling grant monies, the center sponsored the gun show in its newly renovated dining hall last weekend

While the Anchorage School District as a whole grapples with bullying, one local parent-teacher association (PTA) is taking steps to curb the social ill.

The Alpenglow Elementary School PTA invited Fred Manzano, manager of the Eagle River and Wasilla branches of the Okamoto’s School of Karate, to talk with students during a PTA meeting geared toward combatting bullying.

Anchorage police are currently investigating the discovery of a deceased adult male found outside of the Wood River Park Apartments at 16510 Centerfield Drive in Eagle River during a welfare check at 3:30 a.m. Friday, March 11.

“We are treating it as a suspicious death investigation,” Jennifer Castro of the APD’s public affairs unit said. “Visibly at the scene regarding this death we can see suspicious circumstances surrounding it.”

A former three-term Anchorage School Board member announced her candidacy for the state house seat in District 14 currently held by Rep. Lora Reinbold at the March 2 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The local grapevine was already plump with speculation that Crystal Kennedy of Eagle River would challenge Reinbold for the house seat.

Monday, Feb. 29 was a day of torn emotions for Cindy Just.

The 44-year-old Eagle River mother reminisced about her recently-deceased 14-year-old daughter, Lindsey, who contracted a rare blood disease last fall and died in late December. There were tears as she talked about her bright smile and mostly cheery attitude despite all the medical problems life handed Lindsey.

The Anchorage School Board unanimously decided that educational outcomes and not just cost savings are to be considered as administration conducts a district-wide study of building capacity.

The move could look like a bit of back pedal as board members and administration officials respond to community backlash regarding last fall’s discussion that three of the district’s aging schools – Central Middle School, Inlet View Elementary and Gruening Middle School – might represent too much expense to rehab considering the fact that nearby schools are nowhere near full capacity.

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