Anchorage School Board members have approved a $36.3 million plan to fix two Eagle River schools that suffered heavy damage in the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.
At its Monday meeting, the board voted 6-0 with one absent to endorse a plan previously adopted by an ad hoc committee formed to make recommendations for the future of Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary, which have been closed since the magnitude 7.1 quake.
Local author Monica Devine will hold a reading of her new memoir “Water Mask,” on Sunday, March 17, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Jitters Coffee Shop in Eagle River. She’ll also hold a second signing April 27.
Devine is a retired speech therapist whose work took her all over Alaska. Her book is a collection of 15 stories detailing her life and experiences.
Popp told the chamber last week that he still believes that Alaska economy is on the upswing, but said uncertainty over the state’s budget situation makes forecasting the future even trickier than normal.
A committee tasked with making recommendations to the Anchorage School Board endorsed a plan Friday to fix a pair of Eagle River schools damaged by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.
The estimated cost of fixing Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary is $36.3 million — about a third of what it would cost to demolish and replace the two facilities, according to estimates provided by the Anchorage School District based on preliminary engineering reports.
Anchorage schools will not be required to play the national anthem and the “Alaska State Flag Song” at the start of each school week after the Anchorage School Board decided it needs more time to study a board policy revision that board member Dave Donley believes will foster more patriotism in students.
“There’s so few things that hold us together as a nation,” Donley told the board before it voted 4-3 Monday evening to return his proposed policy revision to the board’s governance committee.
Diesel is in the air at 4th Avenue and Cordova Street, where a front-end loader is dumps loads of snow in the middle of the normally busy intersection. The loader beeps as the driver uses the bucket to sculpt the snow into large steps.
In less than two hours, the sleepy intersection will be the center of the sled dog universe.
After 25 years of building an unrivaled musical tradition at Chugiak High, Ron Lange still has a couple notes up his sleeve.
“It is nice to go, ‘I’m not in that rut anymore,’” Lange said last week at Bartlett High during a break in rehearsals for “Fiddler on the Roof,” which will be his first — and last — production as both musical and overall director. “This is completely something else.”