For the Chugiak-Eagle River Star

The Chugiak Mustangs rode the four-point performances of captain John Hammer and forward Zachary Krajnik to a convincing 5-2 playoff win over the Service Cougars Monday night at the McDonald Center.

Hammer had three goals and an assist, while Krajnik had two goals and two assists as the Mustangs assured themselves of a continuing presence in the CIC playoff picture and a state playoff berth.

The Anchorage Assembly is set to discuss two proposed ordinances aimed at regulating different aspects of marijuana production and sale within the municipality at its meeting tonight.

The first ordinance addresses zoning issues — specifically what aspects of marijuana production from grow, process and test to sale — may occur on the same piece of property and in what zones. One ordinance requires marijuana grow operations to obtain a conditional land-use permit.

Fair warning: You might be hungry after reading this story.

The wild-caught Alaska sablefish marinated and seared, served over parsnip-potato puree, sautéed Brussels sprouts and julienne parsnips, glazed with orange juice and topped with grape tomato jam won the Chugiak High School ProStart yet another first place in state culinary and management competition.

Eliminating teaching positions is unavoidable to bridge the $11 million budget gap the Anchorage School District’s general fund faces for the 2016-17 school year. That’s because 89 percent of the ASD budget is dedicated to salaries and benefits.

That is the message from Superintendent Ed Graff as he presented his budget proposal to the Anchorage School Board one week ago.

Graff’s proposal included cutting 80 teaching positions with possible reinstatement of 27 positions based on attendance projects for the next school year that begins in August.

The swishing of skis on the frozen lake’s thin layer of sand-dry snow and the click of ski poles against the ice were the only sounds as I worked my way across Eklutna Lake Jan. 20 under a three-quarter full moon. I’d brought a headlamp, but with the high-angled moon reflecting off the snow, it wasn’t needed.

These moms aren’t used to being pampered.

Most of the time they are shuttling their special needs kids to endless therapy classes and doctor’s appointment. Or, they are on the phone battling with insurance companies that one month pay the claims for their children’s medical but deny the exact same doctor providing the exact same therapy the next for no apparent reason.

We’re working on it.

That’s the message two state legislators brought to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 13 regarding the state’s fiscal crisis.

Only one mom and two Chugiak High School students working on government class requirements showed up last Thursday night for a meeting held at Gruening Middle School intended to garner public input regarding the school district’s search for a new superintendent.

If we tell people in the Lower 48 that until the recent snows, we’ve been pining for winter, patiently waiting for those halcyon days of blue skies and white, fluffy snow, of skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and the like — they would think we were daft.

“You live in Alaska!” they’d exclaim. “You always have cold and snow.”

Members of the Wasilla-based MTA Solutions that also serve customers in the Chugiak-Eagle River area are being asked to vote if the telecommunications cooperative should be allowed to deregulate.

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