Naomi Klouda

The state doesn’t always make out so well in recovering costs when infrastructure is damaged from incidents such as the March 21 strike on the Artillery Road Bridge that officials feared could lead to a collapsed overpass on Alaska’s busiest highway.

Department spokeswoman Jill Reese said there is a well-established process in place for attempting to recoup costs from the insurance provider for companies like Big Horn Enterprises of Fairbanks, whose driver was at the wheel when the oversized load crashed into the bridge.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 690 from Eagle River had $300 stolen from them in a counterfeiting operation while selling cookies at Fred Meyer in Anchorage on March 9.

A second Anchorage troop of Girl Scouts was ripped off as well for another $100 in the same counterfeit scam earlier in the day.

The two groups of Girl Scouts split shifts at the Fred Meyer on DeBarr and Muldoon from noon until 8 p.m., and both were initially fooled.

Editor’s note. This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Judge Saxby’s name, as well as details about the length of the hearing, new victim impact statements being read and the fact that Taylor Winston, director of the Alaska Office of Victim’s Rights, was not speaking on behalf of the victim’s family.

David Joseph Thomas was sentenced March 9 to 75 years with 25 suspended and after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the death 19-year-old Linda Anne Martz Bower of Eagle River in 2014.

What town sits at the end of the Iditarod Trail?

Besides Portugal, what other countries speak Portuguese?

What is the second most-spoken language in Alaska?

Answers: Nome, Brazil and Yup’ik.

Not all the questions were easy, but then, that’s part of the fun when the popular YouTube channel Geography NOW! host Paul “Barby” Barbato picks your school. He traveled to Eagle River March 2 to record his show, Geography NOW! Geogra-BEE at Gruening Middle School.

Eagle River High School students wanted to get a message to the Alaska Legislature, but they didn’t feel a mere letter would cut it.

Promptly at 11:45 a.m. March 2, the Eagle River High school students walked out of class to orchestrate a school sit-in. Similar to a walkout, the students were protesting budget cuts ahead in the Anchorage School District due to cuts or flat funding on the state level.

“You say cut back, we say fight back,” read one sign.

“I am an investment, not an expense,” and “Kiss my class goodbye,” read two more.

Erin Johnson loved the backcountry trails of Chugiak and Eagle River and believed getting outside was good for the soul.

That’s why a network of friends decided to dedicate the Ski the Beach 2018 event in her honor. Everyone is invited to pick a skiing level and join the Chugiak-Eagle River Ski Club Feb. 25 on a route that starts at the Beach Lake Ski Chalet off the South Birchwood Loop exit. The chalet is on the left one-third of a mile past Chugiak High School.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited Eagle River High School students Tuesday with a question she wanted to hear answered by students.

After the recent mass shooting with 17 killed and dozens more wounded at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, what should Congress do?

“I need your help,” she told Danielle Lewis’ student government class Feb. 20. “My reality is that I go back to Washington, D.C., on Monday and there is an expectation being built that in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Florida, Congress will have the answer.”

Anchorage zoning officials listened and changed course after hearing from Eagle River residents opposed to a plan that would have opened the door to a heavy-density housing development near downtown.

But there’s a ways to go to assure the green belt known as the Carol Creek Parcel, currently owned by the Municipality of Anchorage Heritage Land Bank, or HLB, won’t one day see apartment clusters or other multiplex housing, according to those who’ve been fighting it.

Eagle River High School teacher Valerie Baalerud uses many different tools for capturing her students' attention.

Like quotes. Today’s is a quote written on the board: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising after we fall,” by Confucius.

Her Advanced Placement world history class will be assigned to mull that one, consult their iPhones — yes, cellphones. And write a short essay on their interpretations.

Alaska’s 72,000 veterans will continue to receive care under a program that the state office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs took pains to reconfigure over the past 18 months.

The Veterans Choice Program received an additional $2.1 billion in December, just weeks prior to the three-day government shutdown on Capital Hill.

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