Matt Tunseth

Most people have to fly from Alaska to Hawaii; Izzy Powers is going to swim.

On Tuesday, the Chugiak High senior signed a National Letter of Intent to swim at Division I University of Hawaii during a ceremony in the CHS library.

“It’s been my dream since I was little to swim for a Division I college,” Powers said following the ceremony, which was attended by dozens of family, friends, coaches and teachers.

Powers thanked the large crowd for supporting her through the ebbs and flows of her high school swimming career.

The pickings are slim, but there are options for Nordic skiers in the Anchorage area this weekend.

According to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak were groomed Wednesday — though skiers should proceed with care.

“More rocks are surfacing so ski with caution,” reads the NSAA grooming report for the trails.

Beach Lake got about five inches of snow Oct. 30, which allowed groomers to begin building a base.

In 2012, Birchwood residents were shocked to learn about the massive scope of of a planned Matanuska Electric Association substation expansion in their neighborhood. Public opposition forced MEA to temporarily pull the plug on the plan, and the cooperative has since taken “a big giant step back” in an effort to jump-start the undertaking.

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.

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