Milken Educator Award Winner Speaks

It started out as an unusual school assembly at Eagle River High School on the morning of Feb. 1 as Alaska Commissioner of Education Michael Johnson, Anchorage School District’s Superintendent Deena Bishop, and CEO of the National Institute for Excellence Dr. Gary Stark arrived to speak. They knew a tightly held secret. Dr. Stark began his speech, but then shifted his focus by revealing that the purpose of the assembly was actually to announce the winner of the Milken Educator Award. The Milken Educator Award is a rare honor for select teachers across the U.S. Only one educator from Alaska received it this year. The award comes with a $25,000 prize and numerous professional development opportunities.

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Jesse Basler – GoFundMe

Jesse Basler is a lifetime Alaskan resident. He was shot in the abdomen in front of his Eagle River home in the early morning of January 4th, 2018. Jesse underwent a 4-hour surgery to repair his large intestine. The emergency responders, police, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital surgeons saved his life.

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Writers @ the Library

Libraries are synonymous with reading, but the flip-side of that is writing. Without writers, we wouldn’t have all of those books on the shelves, on audiobooks, and in eBook form. There are a wide variety of authors, both local and not, coming to the Anchorage Public Library before summer arrives.

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Joy Earlene Leedham

February 1, 2018, Joy found her way home after a valiant battle with cancer. What a comfort to know she is at peace with her sister Donna, daughter Carrie, and her son-in-law Thomas to name only three. Anyone who knew Joy knows that after a week in heaven, she probably has shared a word (or many) with everyone. Please consider donations in lieu of flowers, earmarked “Jim Leedham” at Eagle River Northrim bank to an account ending in 0633. These funds will help pay for medical expenses. Donations can also be made to Eagle River Grace Church (P.O. Box 770430, Eagle River, AK 99577) with “benevolence fund” on the memo line. The memorial service is 6:30pm Tuesday, February 20 at Community Covenant Church, Eagle River.

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Peer to Peer: Second chances coming from surprising places

A simple mission with profound implications for Anchorage youth. The Anchorage Youth Court (AYC) offers the ability for youth to receive training and gain a deeper understanding of our judicial system while helping their peers resolve legal problems.

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A Veteran’s Story: Lt Col Theodore “Ted” Heller takes his last flight

The United States is losing almost 2,000 World War II and Korean veterans a day. Along with the, far too many of their stories are lost forever as well. Less than one percent of the American population serves our country in this capacity, yet everyone in our country benefits from their service. Our veterans have unique experiences that when shared, offer future generations a perspective they will not see or hear anywhere else. The Alaska Veterans Museum collects the oral histories of our veterans to honor their service and sacrifice, educate future generations, and inspire our community. This is the story of Lieutenant Colonel Theodore "Ted" Heller, who passed away in April 2017, at age 93 years young.

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Birchwood Residents Mobilize

The revelation of a settlement agreement between the Municipality of Anchorage and Eklutna, Inc.--signed by the parties back in January of this year—which requires the MOA to help promote Eklutna’s Powder Acres and Powder Hills developments, is now causing members of the Birchwood Community Council to seek a delay in action by the Anchorage Assembly so their concerns can be worked out. This will be the first item of business on the December 19 Assembly meeting agenda at 6 p.m., and they are asking all residents to show up to support their request.

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Gold Star Peak proposal gets nod from the state, moves on to federal government

In early December, a peak in the Chugach Range between Eagle River and Palmer overlooking the Knik River moved one step closer to receiving the name, Gold Star Peak with official approval by the Board of Alaska Geographic Names, Alaska Historical Commission; part of the Department of Natural Resources. The peak will be named to honor and salute families of soldiers who have died during military service.

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Eagle River Robotics Team Rank High at State Qualifier Tournament

Eagle River High School First Tech Challenge teams competed this weekend in a 20-team qualifier tournament at ERHS.

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