Matt Tunseth

For years, Chugiak-Eagle River area residents have doggedly pursued a public place for their pooches to play. While the discussions have been mostly bark, there’s finally some teeth in plans to bring a dog park to town.

A draft feasibility study on a Chugiak-Eagle River dog park was recently completed by R&M Consultants, which looked at five different sites in the area that might be suitable for a dog park. At the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors meeting April 9, R&M’s Van Le said the study found two sites most suitable for a park.

Emma Nelson is flying high.

The Chugiak senior cleared a height of 5 feet, 8.75 inches to break Cathy Ballensky’s 1992 school record in the high jump to place second Saturday at the prestigious Oregon Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene.

“She just killed it,” said Chugiak coach Melissa Hall after the team returned to Alaska from the meet, which included some of the top athletes in the country.

Eagle River’s Pam Dreyer completed a wetter Boston Marathon than most Monday, running the 26.2-mile course in a personal best 3 hours, 31 minutes and 18 seconds to place 2,012nd in the women’s division.

“The 122nd Boston Marathon is a dream come true for this retired hockey player who loathed running any distance during my playing days,” Dreyer (@pkdreyer) wrote in an Instagram post after the race.

A 1999 Chugiak High graduate, the 36-year-old Dreyer is a former U.S. Olympic women’s hockey goalie who won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

For decades, Henry Powell “Chip” Gallagher Jr. was a mainstay of the Chugiak-Eagle River hockey community.

Thanks to the efforts of some Alaska hockey officials, he’ll remain a visible part of that community for years to come.

A plan is in the works to name the officials’ dressing room at the Harry J. McDonald Center after Gallagher, who died in 2016.

“He was just a great guy,” Mac Center manager Reid McDonald told the Eagle River/Chugiak Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

“You may ask, how did this tradition start?”

— “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof

 

Back in the early 1980s, a cadre of bleary-eyed coaches chugged coffee before class at Chugiak High. One morning, the men were joined by the school’s new orchestra teacher Philip Burch, a man whose quick wit and genial grin had quickly gained him entry into the gruff group. As the men shot the breeze, the music teacher took out his bow and started to play.

There was a fiddler in the group.

It’s a good thing the daylight hours are getting longer these days, because someone shot the lights out Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

In the finale of a star-studded weekend, players put on a stunning offensive display as two teams made up of some of the best senior basketball players in Alaska combined to score 217 points in 40 frenzied minutes of play at the boys Class 3A/4A Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Senior All-Star Game.

Local community councils are always looking for new members to help shape public policy.

“We love to hear everybody’s input,” Eagle River Community Council member Julie Ebben told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on April 4.

Ebben said the council needs members to serve on local boards and commissions, including the parks board and the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area board.

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is hopeful financing for a long-dreamed-of Alaska megaproject could be in place by the end of the year.

“Definitely by December we want to have definitive agreements,” AGDC vice president for communications Rosetta Alcantra told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at its April 4 lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House.

The start of the high school track and field season is always a slippery season. With outdoor tracks still covered in snow and ice, coaches have to scramble to get in workouts and figure out where their athletes will work best as the spring wears on.

“This year it seems we’re pretty far behind the others,” said Eagle River coach Matt Turner, who said his school’s track likely won’t be usable for at least another week or more.

“We’re never going to get out there,” Turner quipped.

Talent overflowed the building Friday as the din of orchestral music floated out the doors of Eagle River High School and into the bright evening sun; on the sidewalk outside the school, pastel chalk drawings welcomed visitors to the school, which for one night each year transforms into an after-hours hot spot that’s almost too cool for school.

Put on by the school’s Fine Arts department, the annual Fine Arts Cabaret is a springtime celebration of the talent department chair Jacob Bera sees every day at the school on Yosemite Drive.  

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