One of the most notorious intersections in a notoriously tricky traffic town is set for an overhaul – and the state wants to hear what people have to say about it.
A meeting is planned for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Eagle River Town Center (12001 Business Boulevard) to discuss plans to revamp the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Eagle River Road, a fix that’s the first phase in a larger Eagle River Traffic Mitigation project.
“We’ve come up with some conceptual improvements we wanted to present to people,” said Dean Karcz, a project manager with PTS Inc.
Finding a job in a challenging economy isn’t always easy, but the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is trying to make the task a little less daunting.
“Our goal is to develop the workforce of Alaska,” said Anne Velardi, who works as a community development specialist for the department, which maintains a Job Center office in Eagle River’s Parkgate Building.
The end of a bitter cold snap ushered in the second straight weekend of heavy snow as winter's triumphant return to Southcentral Alaska continued Saturday, Jan. 21.
The Glenn Highway was briefly closed in both directions early Saturday afternoon as the dry, drifting snow played havoc with visibility on roads in Anchorage and Eagle River. Numerous cars found the ditch, and police took the added step of asking people to stay home as the storm dropped between six inches and a foot of snow in the area.
Two local athletes are about to become international shooting stars.
“I’ve heard stories that your skis will be waxed faster than they’ve ever been before, and everybody will be asking for your autograph,” said Helen Wilson, a 15-year-old from Eagle River who is one of two Eagle River athletes who made the U.S. Junior Biathlon team that will compete at the World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships next month in Slovakia.
Nobody had a wilder Saturday night than the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association did Jan. 14.
That’ when — under cover of darkness — the club hosted 11 sled dog teams and their drivers, who all showed up to take part in unique nighttime race through the rugged trails off Birchwood Loop.
“I love running without a headlamp in the snow,” said race marshal Jackie Fabrizzio, who organized the chaos from the club’s one-room clubhouse. “The moon’s out, it’s quiet, all you hear is the sled and the paws and breath.”
Wood smoke and bacon grease wafted through the air outside the cozy log cabin, its sturdy wooden frame holding strong against the falling snow. Nestled in the smoldering embers of a warm fire, Dutch ovens and cast iron skillets full of cornbread and fritters and sausages sizzled and popped and steamed.