The holiday season offers a chance to spend time with friends and family, exchange gifts and take a break from our hectic schedules.
It’s also a time of increased risk for fires.
With a full house of guests, it’s easy to leave the kitchen unattended, said James Gray, fire marshal for the Anchorage Fire Department. But, he said, people need to be cognizant of what they’re cooking.
“Don’t forget about what you’ve got on the stove,” Gray said.
Need to know something about the Army in Alaska? For nearly four decades, there’s been one sure way to find an answer:
Just ask Chuck.
That won’t be the case for long. After nearly 49 years with the Army, Charles “Chuck” Canterbury is retiring from his position as the U.S. Army Alaska’s Media Relations Officer — a position he’s held for the past 38 years.
“It’s been quite a run,” said Canterbury, 73, during a retirement ceremony held Dec. 13 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Col. Matthew W. McFarlane assumed command of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division from outgoing commander Col. Morris T. Goins during a change of command ceremony held Dec. 5 at Hangar One, here.
The event was attended by many dignitaries and family members from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson including the commander of Alaskan Command, Air Force Lt. Gen. Stephen L. Hoog and U.S. Army Alaska commander, Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett.
“You gotta have your head in the game,” advised avalanche expert Blaine Smith, a trails planner for Alaska State Parks.
A former mountain guide, Smith stopped by the Eagle River Nature Center on Dec. 9 to give a seminar on avalanche safety basics. The most important thing to remember, he said, is to learn what avalanche-prone areas look like.
“There’s certain terrain that avalanches happen in,” he said.
Stryker Brigade soldiers from the U.S. Army's 5th Squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment stationed at Fort Wainwright will be conducting training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson through Dec. 12, the Army announced this week.
Small arms fire, large caliber weapons and some explosions may be heard in areas near the base while training occurs.
Questions or concerns about the training may be directed to the U.S. Army's Pubilc Affairs Office at (907) 384-1542.
On Monday, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber announced the winners of the 2012 Merry Merchant Munch contest, which was held Nov. 31-Dec. 1 in Eagle River. A record 55 businesses participated in this year’s event. The following businesses were selected as award-winning participants:
Hometown Holiday – Pizza Man
Holiday Elegance – Alaska USA Federal Credit Union