Matt Tunseth

Kody Trombley and Jonathan Cannamore are doing more than just returning to Alaska to become teachers.

They’re getting the band back together.

“Every day I wake up happy,” said Trombley, the new band director at Chugiak High School.

Trombley and Cannamore are both products of the Chugiak-Eagle River music scene, having attended Mirror Lake Middle School together before splitting up for high school. Cannamore graduated from Eagle River High School in 2012, the same year Trombley graduated from Chugiak.

Though he’s the one getting the recognition, Kirk Alkire is clear about who he works for.

“This whole thing is not about me,” said Alkire, who led an effort to name a peak in the Chugach Mountains “Gold Star Peak” in recognition of families who have lost loved ones in the military.

An Army veteran who served two tours of active duty and lost several close friends in combat, Alkire said his mission from the start has been to help honor those who have given their hearts and lives in the name of service.

Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors members continue to dig into the idea of bringing off-leash dog parks to the area.

The board has been talking about the proposal since February 2017, and on Monday spent much of its meeting trying to decide how to proceed. But while there has been much debate, the issue is still unsettled — and board members will soon need to make a decision.

The taps can keep flowing at Arctic Valley.

On Tuesday, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted 4-1 to renew the ski area’s beer and wine license during the board’s meeting in Denali Park.

“We got exactly what we hoped for,” Arctic Valley general manager John Robinson-Wilson said Wednesday.

The decision went against a recommendation made by Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office staff to not renew the license based on her determination Arctic Valley didn’t fit the criteria for a “recreational permit.”

Filling holes is part of what the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department does.

But not holes this big.

“We found we are negative in our operating (budget),” parks manager Karen Richards told the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors on Monday.

How negative? Richards and Anchorage Parks and Recreation Director John Rodda told the board the department’s budget shortfall for 2018 is nearly half a million dollars.

“It’s drastic,” Richards said.

The ongoing debate over dog parks in Eagle River is set to resume.

After taking July’s meeting off, the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Eagle River Town Center Building.

In addition to its regular agenda items — including a regular monthly update on the McDonald Center from facility manager Reid McDonald — the board will discuss an ongoing plan to bring dog parks to municipal land in Chugiak-Eagle River.

Two very different tales unfolded Friday as Chugiak and Eagle River got their 2018 high school football seasons underway.

In Houston, the Wolves broke things open in the second half to roll to a convincing nonconference win over the Hawks, while at Chugiak a young Mustangs squad found itself learning a brusing lesson against a determined East side.

WOLVES DEVOUR HAWKS

Division II Eagle River dominated Division III Houston at Houston High, turning an 8-0 halftime lead into a 42-12 blowout.

An Alaska State House member with deep pockets and a union-aligned newcomer hoping to replace her are leading the local fundraising race as the primary election season enters the home stretch.

According to 30-day reports filed with the Alaska Political Offices Commission, Senate District G hopeful and current State House Rep. Lora Reinbold had raised $51,472 through the July 20 filing deadline — with more than $30,000 of that coming from Reinbold herself.

Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers stood in the rain at midfield on the team’s first day of football practice.

“Well, it’s not the first day …” Landers said.

He meant he’s been preparing for the 2018 season since getting the job this spring, but Landers could have been going much further back.

In fact, Landers’s first practice as a Mustang came nearly two decades ago when he strapped on the pads as a freshman in 1994.

“This is where I was born and raised, and I bleed black and blue,” he said.

As the team’s fifth head coach since 2005, Bob Adkins knows much of his job is trying to grow tradition at a program that’s had precious little success over the years. It’s a challenge the UAF grad welcomes.

“You have to build a culture because when you build a culture the kids know what to expect,” he said.

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