Suzanne Ashe

Driving up Old Glenn Highway is one way to find out who is running for the Alaska House of Representatives this election year. But among the familiar names, you might see one you don’t recognize Joe Hackenmueller, 
Hackenmueller, an independent, is running for an Eagle River house seat in District 14 against the winner of the Republican primary between incumbent Republican Rep. Lora Reinbold and her challenger Crystal Kennedy. And although his name won’t appear on the Republican primary voting ballot on Aug. 16, he still wants Eagle River voters to know who he is.

A cop walks into a coffee shop.
Okay, it’s an old one and we’ve all heard it, but what if a half-dozen law enforcement officers including K-9 officers walk into a coffee shop? 
Then, you’d have Coffee with a Cop.
A couple of times a year, on-duty law enforcement shows up for a no-agenda, meet and greet with interested folks from the communities they protect.

Healthwise Care Center and Physical Therapy is looking for a few brave souls for the “Sub-urban Challenge” kicking off this evening (Thursday, July 28) at the center. The run includes stops at area businesses that are participating by handing out tickets to each participant.

The new event is a spin-off of the Center’s popular Thursday night “Fun Runs,” which aims to get folks out into the community and get healthyThe Sub-urban run kicks off at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday night of July, August and September.

While the state of the state economy is still forefront on the minds of most Alaskans, some may be wondering whether summer 2016 is a good time to buy or sell.

The Star took a look at the numbers for the first six months of the Chugiak-Eagle River real estate market compared to the previous four years; no great fluctuations have taken hold although the trends may now be favoring buyers.

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With a cast of children from 6 to 16, the classic version of Disney’s Cinderella opens this weekend, with an early “pay as you can” performance Thursday, July 21.

The musical, directed by Tommy Pietsch, promises vibrant colors and scenery, putting the cast of 15 though several costume changes (Cinderella has six) and familiar songs. Yes, singing and dancing mice are on the playbill.

With grass skirts tied at the waist, coconut bras clasped over t-shirts and inflatable palm tree waved in the wind, all to the cheers of the crowd. It was the annual Bear Paw Festival Parade, this year’s theme was “Bear Paw in Paradise.”

More than half of the entries embraced a tropical island theme including music, such as Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s familiar rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and steel drum melodies, piped through vehicle speakers.

Barbecues blazed while swirls of salmon and sweet potato-scented smoke filled the air. More than a dozen fierce competitors sweated over prep tables in the blazing sun on Sunday during Bear Paw.

The bragging rights (and a grand prize of a chef’s knife set) were on the line during the IBEW and Alaska Salmon Alliance Chopped Salmon Throwdown.

The shoulders of Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak were lined with children armed with sacks, bags, buckets and backpacks ready to catch candy from each of the parade entrants.

 The 46th annual Fourth of July Parade this year was sponsored by the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Dept., the Chugiak Area Business Association and the Chugiak Lions Club.

In less than a month, the U.S. Olympic Team will head to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of those competing will be Corey Cogdell-Unrein, one of the best trap shooters in the world.

Cogdell-Unrein has been rigorously training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., all year and is very much looking forward to her third Olympics and a chance at a second medal. In 2008, she claimed the bronze medal and finished 11th in 2012.

In this era of pop singing contest reality shows, Jari Juhani Piper brings young energy to classical music.

The 25-year-old cellist sat down with The Star at the New Sagaya City Market in Anchorage to talk about music and word travel.

Amid the blended coffee smells and diverse chatter, Piper talked about his humble beginnings in music.

“I wanted to play the (stand up) bass, but I wasn’t big enough. It’s hard to make these decisions when you are 11,” he said.