Eagle River’s annual summertime festival returns for its 33rd year this week, with a full slate of family fun set to take over the fairgrounds at Town Square Park and elsewhere across Chugiak-Eagle River.
“It’s been going really great,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Debbie Rinckey.
A Chugiak family of three had their lives turned upside down during a weekend road trip to Seward.
Before Tina Willis left rainy Resurrection Bay, she slipped off the second step of the family camper and broke her leg. When she returned to her home Sunday night with her husband, young son and their four dogs, things got even worse.
Willis’ husband was looking for a way to bring her into the house on Sarah Circle with her injury, so he went to grab a wheelbarrow from the garage.
Chugiak-Eagle River racers showed up en masse for the 2018 Mount Marathon races in Seward. Among this year’s finishers in the men’s, women’s and junior races, 75 were from Eagle River, 18 from Chugiak and two from JBER.
Chugiak’s Michael Connelly and Fairbanks’s Kendall Kramer etched their names in the 34-degree face of Mount Marathon on Wednesday when each won the junior race at the iconic Alaskan event for the first time.
“It’s a dream,” said Connelly, a 16-year-old who attends Chugiak High School. “I’ve always dreamed of this.”
Kramer’s win was also the fulfillment of a dream the West Valley High 16-year-old has had since hearing tales of her dad Mike’s back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2006-07.
Chugiak Post 33 continued to stay near the top of the Alaska American Legion Baseball standings with a 15-0 thrashing of Bartlett on Sunday, July 1. The win improved the Mustangs to 7-3 in the league and 10-6 overall, good enough for second-place in the ALB’s National Division.
Chugiak will play in the annual BP Tournament starting July 5 at Mulcahy Stadium at 5 p.m. against South.
The board that oversees the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River has a new look.
In June, the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. board of directors chose two names from a list of four forwarded by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors to serve on the FLAMI Board of Directors. Added to the now seven-member board were Eagle River’s Michelle Fletcher and Tony Boneta.
Police have caught a teenage boy believed to have caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.
The Anchorage Police Department sent out a Nixle alert on Tuesday, July 3 saying that “as a result of evidence gathered at the scene, APD School Resource Officers were able to identify the male teenager responsible for the crime.”
Police did not say what evidence led to the arrest or whether there were any other suspects in the case.