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Honor, Educate & Inspire: Alaska Veterans Museum

Even with the highest veteran population (per capita) in the country, Alaska was the last state in the union to have a museum dedicated to honoring veterans and Alaska's contributions to military history.It was only through ten years of blood, sweat, and many tears of passionate volunteers that the Alaska Veterans Museum opened its doors on April 17th, 2011. Still operating as a 100% volunteer organization, their mission is simple; honor Alaska’s veterans' by recording and sharing their stories; educate visitors about Alaska’s military history through exhibits and displays; and inspire our community to support our Active Duty, Guard and Reserve, and our veterans.

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We thrive on neglect

Kenzie Ellerbe, owner of Green Thumb Succulents, has a saying, ‘We thrive on neglect.’ It might not make sense to everyone, but to Ellerbe and her succulents, a little neglect has made for a thriving business.Succulents take a minimal amount of time, energy, and space. These hardy little plants are very easy to take care of and keep alive. In fact, if you happen to forget to water one, you may be doing it a favor.

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Kevin Burton and Matthew Tomter are turning the former Matanuska Maid Dairy blow mold building in Palmer into a 12,000+ square foot state-of-the-art brewing facility. Matanuska Brewing Company started production

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Northern Chiropractic: Filling the pantry this March

During the holiday season, many people in the Eagle River-Chugiak area give back to their community. Not only is it the traditional time for considering your own blessings and giving a step up to those who may not have as much or may be temporarily struggling, but opportunities to give abound. Donations - it may seem - are collected on every street corner, at every business and during each credit card swipe.This seems to be a good system - collecting donations while everyone is in such a giving mood. The Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry in particular certainly benefits from the holiday rush, but their stock begins to taper off by the time March rolls around. That holiday surge can only last so long.That problem has not been overlooked by Greg Culbert. Dr. Culbert, who is the owner of Northern Chiropractic, had been hosting a holiday food drive through his office for nearly 20 years, but he grew concerned that holiday giving was not doing enough to support families in the community throughout the year.Eight years ago Dr. Culbert decided to start hosting a second food drive during the month of March.

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Local Athlete Qualifies for Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships

Three Alaskan biathletes qualified in brutal weather conditions in Minnesota on December 30, 2017 to represent the USA at the Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia. The Biathlon World Championships attract the best biathletes in the world, being one step below the Olympics. Among the qualifiers is 16-year-old Helen Wilson of Eagle River, who will compete on Team USA for her second time.

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Investing in our Community: Cliff Cook takes no chances with Eagle River

“We all know crime has risen,” Cook continued. “I looked at the stats and crime has risen this year over last year in all community council areas. In Eagle River-Chugiak, “over the last few weeks there was an armed robbery down on Business Boulevard at the pizza place, and the scary thing is the individual with a gun actually shot when he left—so where did that bullet go? Starbucks was robbed and the thief was so desperate he couldn’t get money out of the cash register and ended up taking the tip jar. Finally, it was confirmed that an armed robbery happened at Microtel within days of Starbucks’…” Later in the presentation he stated flatly: “Our intent is deterrence.”

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Commitment to Community: Feeding the hungry

Would you consider a job where the work never ends? Week in and week out the demands are consistent without rest or reprieve. When that consistency wavers, it is because demand has increased. There are no checkpoints; there is no sense of completion. And get this: there Such is the life of Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry director Lynn Kile. For the past three years, Kile has overseen the distribution of 20,000 pounds of food per month to local families in need, adding up to 245,000 pounds so far in 2017 alone.  

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Not Your Grandma’s Jam

Imagine receiving a set of jams as a gift. Do you visualize a set of sweet jars topped with gingham fabric and little bows? If you do, you are not alone. However, two Anchorage entrepreneurs are out to change jam’s reputation in the world. Their handcrafted items are definitely “not your Grandma’s” jam. “But we do love our Grandmas!” say Noelle Hardt and Kim Kovol, the owners of Anchorage-based VooDoo Jams. The two women - who are “best friends first” - started their new company in early 2016. So what sets their product apart from other jams and jellies produced in the local area? Bold flavors, daring combinations …and a generous dose of liquor.

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Robotics: Team Builds Success on Collaboration, Hard Work, and Complex Coding

Some high schoolers enjoy sports. Some enjoy creative pastimes like sketching, writing, or photography. Others are passionate about designing and building robots that can solve world problems. The students of Eagle River High School’s (ERHS) robotics program fall into the latter category, and they love what they do. Since the program’s start in 2011, ERHS’s robotics teams have won 11 tournaments, 20 team awards, and qualified for the Worlds Championships multiple times in Tech Challenge. In 2013, a team from ERHS won the Inspire Team Award, an award recognizing a team exemplifying the program’s values.

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Heart to Heart Pregnancy Resource Center: Answering the needs of beating hearts

Around 175 people mingled Saturday evening at Jitters, sampling wines, noshing hors d'oeuvres and bidding generously to benefit Heart to Heart Pregnancy Resource Center. The third annual Fruit of the Vine charitable event raised about $16,000 based on preliminary numbers, said Heart to Heart Executive Director Alycia Thomas. The proceeds bring the nonprofit pregnancy center within reach of a longtime goal to purchase a sonogram machine and offer ultrasounds to mothers in need.

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The Veteran’s History Project

Saving Private Ryan inspired Brad Schmitz to plant a tree to honor veterans in 2001. However, after visiting a gravesite in Holland for 8000 U.S. servicemen who gave their lives in World War Two, he wanted to do more. One particular grave from his home state of Idaho, Private Herbert Ronk, stood out to Schmitz. Research and inquiries provided no further information about Ronk. “I’ve asked myself over the years of who I would call my hero,” Schmitz said. “One is Captain Miller [played by Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan]. Everyone loves Captain Miller. But it’s Herbert Ronk, it’s this private who died thirty years before I was born, who’s the real hero. He’s a man I never knew, but he’s this legend in my mind and in my heart because of what he stood for.”

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A Life of Tenacious Service

Col (ret) Suellyn Novak has always been known for her tenacity. It will be a trait that is sorely missed as she steps down, for a good reason, from her position on December 31 as the president and executive director of the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM). Under her leadership, AVM won numerous awards like the Seymour Award (2014) for best community organization and the Dena’ina Award (2015) for the best non-profit team organization in Anchorage. AVM has also been featured in five magazine articles and contributed to the recent “Deadliest Catch: A Hillstrand 4th of July” holiday special on the Discovery Channel.

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A.T. Publishing & Printing Pressing Forward

One of Alaska’s largest printing businesses did not emerge in Anchorage by accident, nor was it serendipity that allowed it to grow and prosper for more than half a century—despite economic downturns. It was the dogged determination of the company’s founder, Frank Martone, and the dedication of his family that helped keep the enterprise on course as it navigates —and continues to find its way— through challenging times.

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$1574.00

$1574.00. That is the amount printed on the giant check a thankful Bishop Bobby Jones received on behalf of the Food Pantry at Harvest Christian Fellowship on August 15, 2017.Cody Morey and Josh Zullo of Keller Williams Alaska Group were looking for ways to be involved with Bear Paw this year.“We got to talking with the guys from Garcia’s, and they agreed to let us volunteer in their beer tent so we could donate our tips. They even agreed to match what we made.” Morey says.

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Spotlight on: Gruening Middle School

Gruening Middle School stands out.Good news abounds for Gruening Middle School (GMS) students and their families. On their last “report card” GMS boasted an attendance record and Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI) higher than the district average, as well as a four-star rating.Bobby Jefts is justifiably proud of his school as he launches into his 11th year as Gruening Principal.

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