The ongoing debate over dog parks in Eagle River is set to resume.
After taking July’s meeting off, the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Eagle River Town Center Building.
In addition to its regular agenda items — including a regular monthly update on the McDonald Center from facility manager Reid McDonald — the board will discuss an ongoing plan to bring dog parks to municipal land in Chugiak-Eagle River.
Two very different tales unfolded Friday as Chugiak and Eagle River got their 2018 high school football seasons underway.
In Houston, the Wolves broke things open in the second half to roll to a convincing nonconference win over the Hawks, while at Chugiak a young Mustangs squad found itself learning a brusing lesson against a determined East side.
WOLVES DEVOUR HAWKS
Division II Eagle River dominated Division III Houston at Houston High, turning an 8-0 halftime lead into a 42-12 blowout.
An Alaska State House member with deep pockets and a union-aligned newcomer hoping to replace her are leading the local fundraising race as the primary election season enters the home stretch.
According to 30-day reports filed with the Alaska Political Offices Commission, Senate District G hopeful and current State House Rep. Lora Reinbold had raised $51,472 through the July 20 filing deadline — with more than $30,000 of that coming from Reinbold herself.
As the team’s fifth head coach since 2005, Bob Adkins knows much of his job is trying to grow tradition at a program that’s had precious little success over the years. It’s a challenge the UAF grad welcomes.
“You have to build a culture because when you build a culture the kids know what to expect,” he said.
Chugiak has a distinctively new look this season, but in many ways it’s still going to be the same old black and blue at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Gone are the team’s star player, its head coach and several key cogs from last year’s state semifinalist squad. But the sidelines still won’t look that much different, with a former Mustang taking over the head coaching job and plenty of pieces returning from a team that spent much of 2017 atop the statewide football poll.
What was once the scene of heartbreak is being transformed into a place for healing.
A new memorial bench is being built on the St. John Orthodox Cathedral property near South Birchwood Loop where the body of a 19-year-old overdose victim was dumped in 2017.
“I think it’s pretty cool a place that was once known as somewhere kids used to drive down and get high is now going to be a spot of reflection and hope,” said Alaina Thiessen, whose son, Zac Schneider, was found lying dead on the ground on May 16, 2017.
A Chugiak man has been charged with weapons misconduct after he allegedly shot a black bear while intoxicated.
According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, police were called to Rusticate Drive at around 2 a.m. on Thursday. Oistad said officers determined Jacob L. T. Stephan, 33, shot and killed a black bear that was eating out of a dumpster, but that the shooting was illegal.
“The situation in which Stephan killed the bear did not constitute ‘defense of life and property,’” Oistad wrote in a Tuesday email.