Jamin Goecker

The Birchwood Community Council met on Feb. 14 to discuss issues ranging from a water transmission pipeline approved in December by the Anchorage Assembly to conversing about a potential new cemetery in Eagle River or Chugiak. Attendees also heard from several candidates for upcoming elections.


Transmission pipeline

The Eagle River Community Council met last Thursday to discuss voting protocol for the upcoming municipal election, capital improvement projects, reports from the Eagle River Community Patrol, and to listen to individuals running for various offices in upcoming elections.

Mail-in Ballots

The South Fork Community Council was briefed on air quality issues, capital improvement projects and Eagle River crime activity at its Feb. 1 meeting at Eagle River High.

Air quality and ballot issues

Assemblywoman Amy Demboski discussed the amount of methane emissions she has noticed while passing the Anchorage Landfill. She said has smelled the methane and felt nauseous while passing the landfill on the Glenn Highway, an occurrence echoed by attendees.

Jitters patrons enjoyed live local musicians and coffee last Tuesday and Wednesday as five bands from the Anchorage Folk Festival performed.

The festival, which ran from Jan. 17-28, also provided weekend workshops to go along with more than 70 free performances for the public.

Eagle River residents Kim Medders and her son, Elias Medders loved hearing the diverse music Tuesday evening.

The Chugiak Community Council met on Jan. 18 to discuss numerous issues impacting Chugiak and to hold elections for council seats and officers. Tiffany Briggs from the Municipality of Anchorage’s Real Estate Department and Officer Robin Nave of the Anchorage Police Department informed attendees about pressing local issues.

Rezoning for Chugiak Senior Center

Chugach State Park Ranger Tom Crockett had a blunt warning to his audience at the Eagle River Nature Center:

“If your pet is caught in a trap or snare, the only person who is going to save it is you. You have seconds to minutes to make it happen,” he said at a program led by Sandy Halstaed and John Ferguson held this past Sunday, Jan 21 teaching how to remove pets from traps.

Halstaed taught numerous strategies to prevent dogs from being caught. Ferguson, a lifelong trapper, demonstrated methods for releasing pets from traps and snares.

Situational awareness

The Birchwood Community Council (BCC) met on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to discuss a broad range of issues impacting the community and to hear presentations from subject experts. Mark Schimscheimer of Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU), detective Jack Carson of the Anchorage Police Department and Clifton Dalton of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department offered insight into pressing local matters.

Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility

With a full slate of preseason tournaments now complete, local prep basketball teams are settling in for the regular season. Cook Inlet Conference play began the week after teams returned from holiday break, with each team set to play 14 conference games (two against each of the CIC’s other seven teams) between now and the end of February.

Here’s a rundown of each of the four Class 4A varsity teams from Chugiak-Eagle River


Chugiak looks to reload with new talent