Safe & Sound: Awareness

Do you feel safe? You do not need to carry a weapon or know Kung Fu to take charge of your personal safety. There are some simple behaviors you can adopt that will increase how safe you actually are. Justin Saucier of Denali Security recommends being constantly aware of your surroundings while you are walking to and from your car as one such opportunity to improve your personal safety. This type of awareness is particularly important in Alaska where we have so many dark hours.

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Disaster Preparedness Month Falls in September for a Reason

Why do you think the Federal Government made September National Disaster Preparedness Month? Just look around you! This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been a wake-up call, during late August,

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Why Move Mountains for Gold Star Families?

Gold stars start as blue. The service flag, or blue star banner, is displayed by families of service members. When you see this banner or flag, know that each blue star represents an immediate family member who is serving in the Armed Forces. The blue stars represent hope and pride.

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Moving Mountains for Gold Star Families: The naming of Gold Star Peak

Eagle River’s Kirk Alkire, now retired after 23 years of service with the U.S. Army, has embarked upon a new mission: naming a nearby mountain Gold Star Peak to honor families of Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Alkire served in the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division from Fort Richardson, which lost 53 paratroopers during its 15-month deployment to Iraq during the 2007 “Surge.” Four of those 53 heroes were assigned to the unit in which Alkire was First Sergeant.

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Safe & Sound: The Common Clicker

In many homes, garages have become more of a bonus room than a place to store vehicles. Cars are then parked in the driveway or street posing a particular hazard to the security of your home. The hazard? The common clicker.

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The Luddite’s Prayer

Lord, my soul is ravaged this night; I’m a hopeless Luddite, that is my plight; I beg you Lord, I don’t wish to cry, But the cyber world has passed me by.

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Paying it Forward: Helping Houston

Remember how helpless we all felt after the ground quit quaking and we re-entered our homes if they were still standing? Sirens, ham radio operator message relays, and National Guardsmen rescuing people trapped in the wreckage that Good Friday in 1964. I was one scared kid—in a frontier town of 100,000 people. Now some Alaskans are joining hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country to provide safe shelter and comfort to people impacted by the hurricane disaster from Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

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The ECHO News: Satisfying Your Need to Read

The ECHO News, your community newspaper, is satisfying your need to read. We heard you were looking for something new and different, so we made some changes. Every month you will receive the ECHO News in your mailbox!

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Back to School for Teachers Too!

The school dreams started weeks ago. They always do, around mid-July. When they first come back, I usually wake with a start, but then, groggily, remember it’s only July. July is much too early, and I’m usually able to keep them from returning for a little while. Now, in early August, the dreams are back, but this time they are accompanied by conscious daytime thoughts and musings. How should I arrange the desks? Do I like where I left the bookshelf? Should I use the same programs as last year or different ones, or just add a new component? Is it time for a couch?

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Safe & Sound: Business Security

For business owners with storefronts, appropriate security measures can make the difference between uninterrupted safety and chaos or danger for employees and customers alike. Installation of security systems and implementation of emergency plans are important for all businesses, regardless of size. Even small businesses may be at risk for break ins and burglaries, or the repercussions of irate and hostile customers.  

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