Military Spouse magazine recently named Wieten-Scott as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Military Spouse of the Year. She’s also in the running for the overall Army Spouse of the Year. That winner will be announced today (Thursday, Feb. 21).
Should Wieten-Scott win the Army branch award, she’d be up for the overall Military Spouse of the Year honor.
Unbeknownst to Wieten-Scott, her friend and fellow military wife, Jess Paden, nominated her for the award.
For the first time in more than six decades of service, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department has a female chief.
Virginia McMichael was elected to that position at the department’s annual meeting Feb. 6. While she might be the department’s first woman boss, McMichael said she won’t have any trouble fitting into her new role.
“Most of the time I’m just one of the guys,” McMichael said Monday, Feb. 18.
McMichael has served on the all-volunteer department for 20 years, and previously served as Assistant Chief under Tom Reinbolt.
Eagle River High’s gym was transformed into a sea of colors and deafening noise during the Wild And Crazy Kid’s Olympics (WACKO) on Friday, Feb. 8.
The annual competition that pits each class and the faculty against one another is comprised of a variety of games — including an egg toss, Hula Hoop contest and tug-of-war — and some nontraditional contests, like slingshotting a rubber chicken the length of the gym to a teammate who tries to catch it in a giant bucket.
Anyone who pays for electricity in Alaska is in for a shock.
“Everybody’s bill is going up,” said Matanuska Electric Association general manager Joe Griffith at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Feb. 6 at the Eagle River Ale House.
Griffith said a looming natural gas shortfall facing the state almost certainly won’t be solved in time to prevent increases. He doesn’t know exactly how much people’s bills will go up — but it won’t be pretty.
Something didn’t sit right with Randy McCain following a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors last month.
“I didn’t walk away feeling the interests of the community at large were represented,” McCain told the board at its Feb. 11 meeting.
At the January meeting, a single member of the public had signed up to speak to the board about a long-discussed skateboard park tentatively planned for a location near Fire House Lane. What happened next is what concerns McCain.