Matt Tunseth

A proposal to build an off-leash dog park on Fire House Lane appears to have gone up in flames.

The Eagle River Community Council voted Thursday, Nov. 8 to oppose the location, which has been under consideration by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors for use as a small, fenced-in dog park.

“You can describe us as ecstatic,” said Barbara Hendricksen, one of several neighborhood residents who opposed the location.

Becky Braunstein’s opening joke always gets a laugh.

“It’s kind of weird being in America.”

It’s a line that gets a chuckle from people Outside and knowing nods from the handful of Alaska expats likely in the crowd on any given night in Braunstein’s adopted home of Portland, Oregon.

Being from the mountains of Eagle River isn’t just a part of the 2001 Chugiak High grad’s schtick, it’s a key piece of her identity.

Someone believed to be driving a Chevy pickup slammed into the gate guarding the municipal sand storage facility on Kerbow Lane in Chugiak on Sunday, causing an estimated $15,000 in damage.

“Evidently somebody was driving really fast down Kerbow Lane,” said Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA) foreman Mark Littlefield.

Rep. Cathy Tilton will be named to a key leadership position in the newly formed Alaska State House majority caucus.

Pending certification of Tuesday’s election, Tilton (R-Chugiak/Wasilla) will serve as the Rules Committee chair for the 21-member, all-Republican caucus, which was announced at a Wednesday press conference.

On Tuesday, Tilton easily won re-election to her seat with nearly three-quarters of all votes cast in her district.

Voters on the north end of the municipality were some of the most reliably red in the state in Tuesday’s election.

In addition to electing four Republicans to the Legislature, Chugiak-Eagle River went for Don Young and Mike Dunleavy by landslide majorities, according to preliminary figures released by the Division of Elections.

Chugiak-Eagle River sent four Republican women to the Alaska Legislature by big margins Tuesday night.

With most precincts reporting Tuesday night, Lora Reinbold, Cathy Tilton, Nancy Dahlstrom and Kelly Merrick appeared poised to ride to Juneau aboard a tough-on-crime, fiscally conservative platform built in the image of the state’s apparent governor-elect.

Poll workers reported steady turnout on Election Day in Chugiak and Eagle River.

“It’s been very steady,” said Jane Barnes, who was working the polls at Chugiak High School in District 13.

Barnes and her fellow workers — Nancy Daugherty, Esther Hulse, Dotty Eldred and Sharon Wild — had been at the school since 7 a.m., handing out ballots and answering voters’ questions. The women had a stash of cookies and snacks to keep them hydrated, as well as a package of Oreos brought by a grateful voter.

The last person Sarah Rodden saw was the young man who tried to save her life.

“She looked at me right in the eyes,” said Matt Davis, 17, three days after his only meeting with the 42-year-old woman from Wasilla.

As calamity enveloped them, Davis and his best friend Jared Heaston, 18, calmly worked to help Rodden after she was struck by a vehicle during a Tuesday pile-up on the ice-covered Glenn Highway. Heaston held Rodden’s head and checked for a pulse while Davis performed CPR on Rodden as she lay in the snow-covered highway median.

Last year’s state high school swim meet proved to be a pool of despair for Eagle River’s John Heaphy and Chugiak’s Izzy Powers.

The duo entered the meet as two of the state’s most dominant swimmers, yet neither left with an individual title — Heaphy got nipped at the line in the 100-yard breaststroke by Thunder Mountain’s Bergen Davis, while an injured Powers failed to defend the 50- and 100-yard freestyle titles she won as a sophomore.

Police have identified the woman killed Tuesday in a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on the Glenn Highway.

On Thursday, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad identified the victim as 42-year-old Sarah Rodden of Wasilla. According to APD, Rodden died after she exited her vehicle following a collision on the Glenn near South Birchwood Loop at around 4 p.m. and was subsequently hit by another vehicle sliding into the center median.

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