Battle Dawgs Golf Scramble

Contributed by Jessy Lakin -
Mark your calendar! Battle Dawgs’ Golf Scramble will be on May31st, at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla, Alaska. We are expecting approximately 144 golfing patriots, and we need your help to make this the best scramble of the year! Battle Dawgs (BD) is a non-profit [501(c)3] organization dedicated to providing outdoor rehabilitative programs for our nation’s struggling veterans.

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Mat-Su Tennis for 2019

Contributed by Susan Skvorc -
Tennis in the Mat Su is about to begin! Spring has arrived early this year and it’s time for tennis. Big things are about to happen in the Mat-Su Valley tennis world. If you have been around twenty years or so, you might know that there used to be a tennis court at Colony High School.

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Should You Get Another Dog?

Contributed by Angie Lewis, President of Alaska Animal Advocates
As with everything in life, there are benefits to having more than one dog in your family, but there can certainly be negative aspects as well. Adding another dog to your household requires careful thought and all family members should be on board.

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Mullein

Contributed by Dori Cranmore RN -
Mullein, or Verbascum thapsus, is native to Europe and Asia, but has been well established throughout the United States. Today it grows frequently in disturbed soil, such as abandoned fields, roadsides and railroads. It is easily found along the Pacific Maritime region of Alaska.

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Wooden Wonders

Contributed by Charice Chambers -
Dale Adler has always had a love affair with wood. In high school he took every shop class that was offered. As an adult he built his own shop. Wood was wonderful. It could be turned into strong stable lasting things.

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Ralph and Callie

Contributed by Kelleigh Orthmann -
Ralph and Callie, they are a great couple. Ralph is a super mellow guy who doesn't get too excited about things. He is an excellent lap kitty who doesn't have to test gravity all the time. You lay down, gravity works; go with it.

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Fleece Fandango

Contributed by Eva Cohnen-Brown -
Spring time is making itself felt in many ways throughout the Valley, be it with warmer weather, melting snowpack and the beginning of trees budding out. Another surefire sign: school’s almost over for the year, which means the annual Kiwanis Fleece Fandango is about to occur.

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As Things Warm Up, Here's How You Can Live United!

Contributed by Michele Harmeling, Outreach Coordinator -
As spring approaches, we’re excited to spread the word about upcoming community events and important dates. Of particular importance is the extended deadline for earthquake assistance from FEMA. Those affected by the November 30 disaster now have until MAY 31 to apply using the online portal, by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center nearest you, or by calling the disaster hotline.

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Alaska Delegation Moves to Protect Native Craftsmen

Contributed by Mike Anderson -
U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) this week introduced the Empowering Rural Economies Through Alaska Native Sustainable Arts and Handicrafts Act, in the House and the Senate. The legislation would preempt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone, and other marine mammal products that have been legally carved by Alaska Natives under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

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The Power of Words

Contributed by Amber Leggette-Aldrich -
When I was in high school (back in the dark ages) I absolutely hated English and Literature class. I honestly couldn’t care less about prepositions and dangling participles, or why Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare wrote in the styles they did…

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