Naomi Klouda

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.

Deconstructing the old dam wedged in an Eklutna River ravine begins this month, a megaproject to eventually help native salmon return to home waters.

The $7.5 million project is funded by the Conservation Fund in a partnership with Eklutna Inc., which is providing the labor, Eklutna CEO Curtis McQueen said June 5 at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday Forum.