There’s a lot more to bird watching than meets the eye.
Take finance, for example.
“The economy has a big effect,” on bird numbers, said John Abrams, a longtime Eagle River birder and one of a couple dozen volunteers who turned out for the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count on New Year’s Day.
When the economy is down, birders say they see fewer birds in winter. Their hunch is that when people have less money to spend, one of the first places they save is on things like birdseed and suet.
Eklutna Inc. and the Municipality of Anchorage have agreed to settle a dispute over millions of dollars claimed by the Native corporation for natural gas generated at the Anchorage Landfill and sold to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Southcentral Alaska will have to wait until at least 2017 for its storm of the century.
On Thursday, forecasters predicted half a foot of snow would fall in the Anchorage and Eagle River areas, with a foot or more dumping on the Mat-Su. Office workers were encouraged to leave work early to avoid the rush hour carnage that was expected.
“The largest snowfall in several years is possible for portions of the Matanuska Valley” north of Anchorage, wrote the National Weather Service in a public bulletin about the storm.
The National Weather Service is predicting a major winter storm will hit Eagle River and surrounding areas beginning Thursday afternoon (Dec. 29) and continuing into Friday, Dec. 30.
According to a bulletin posted to weather.gov, the service expects two to five inches in the Anchorage area, with snow totals increasing north along the Glenn Highway.
“The largest snowfall in several years is possible for portions of the Matanuska Valley,” according to the bulletin.
EAGLE RIVER -- Twenty-seven months ago, a choirgirl’s voice was silenced by a real-life “monster.” Now, the family of a 19-year-old murder victim wants the public to help them speak for her.
“Our daughter doesn’t have a voice,” said Lonny Bower, whose daughter, Linda Anne Martz Bower, was murdered in 2014 by her ex-boyfriend.
Bower is one of four parents whose lives were shattered on Sept. 10, 2014, when David Joseph Thomas, 28, was arrested in the parking lot of an Eagle River drug store with Linda’s dead body in the back seat of his car.