The Anchorage School Board will vote tonight on proposed boundary changes for elementary school students in Eagle River. The boundary changes were unveiled during public meetings held Feb. 20-21 in Eagle River and Chugiak.
The school board meets at 7 p.m. at 5530 E. Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage. The boundary changes will incorporate some former Eagle River Elementary students to Birchwood ABC and others to Homestead Elementary. The change was suggested by the district as the best way to keep families together.
Diesel is in the air at 4th Avenue and Cordova Street, where a front-end loader is dumps loads of snow in the middle of the normally busy intersection. The loader beeps as the driver uses the bucket to sculpt the snow into large steps.
In less than two hours, the sleepy intersection will be the center of the sled dog universe.
After the fall day when Joy Leedham left her Optical Matchmakers-Home Optics shop to head to a doctor appointment, it would never be the same place of joy. Her epic eyewear enterprise, which spanned more than 20 years and surged to global fame with Sarah Palin, ended as abruptly and as quietly as Leedham’s life.
She was ambushed by cancer. Like her son-in-law shortly before and her husband soon after, advanced aggressive cancer and imminent death came in threes for the family.
The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) room at Eagle River High School is running out of space for trophies.
The school’s cadets brought home several top awards from the state competition Feb. 23, winning the overall Drill Team State Championship, and taking first place in the Color Guard, First Year Color Guard, Large Unit GPA and Drill Team Coastal competitions. The team also placed second in the First Year Unarmed Regulation and Armed Regulation competitions.
Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
The deadline to apply for state disaster assistance related to the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake is Thursday, Feb. 28. Anyone who has not yet applied for assistance should visit ready.alaska.gov or call 1-855-445-7131.
Ja’Corrie Benoit’s last-second put-back lifted the Eagle River boys to their second dramatic win over Chugiak this season Tuesday night at Chugiak.
Benoit rebounded a Ryan Adkins miss and laid the ball in as the buzzer sounded to lift the Wolves to a 65-64 Cook Inlet Conference win and secure the Birchwood Bowl rivalry trophy. The win gave Eagle River a season sweep by a combined three points after knocking off the Mustangs 47-45 on Feb. 1.
After 25 years of building an unrivaled musical tradition at Chugiak High, Ron Lange still has a couple notes up his sleeve.
“It is nice to go, ‘I’m not in that rut anymore,’” Lange said last week at Bartlett High during a break in rehearsals for “Fiddler on the Roof,” which will be his first — and last — production as both musical and overall director. “This is completely something else.”
Chugiak’s Michael Earnhart finished third in the overall boys Skimeister standings to lead all local skiers at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Nordic Ski Championships in Fairbanks.
Earnhart’s performance keyed a third-place team finish by the Mustangs. Teammate Max Beiergrohslein finished 10th in the Skimeister standings, which were based on the combined times from Thursday’s classic technique and Friday’s freestyle races.
University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor Cathy Sandeen may have been searching for friendly confines last week when she stopped by Eagle River, where her university’s struggling hockey team is uncharacteristically unbeaten this season.
The Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation will host a public town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center (22424 Birchwood Loop).
Scheduled to attend the event are Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River), Sen. Shelley Hughes (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), Rep. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River), Rep. Sharon Jackson (R-Eagle River) and Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su).
Items in the police briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Shoplifters make off with groceries
On Feb. 11 at around 8 p.m. a man and woman were allegedly spotted stealing a basket of groceries from the Eagle River Carrs store. The couple left in a van, police said.
A tip from the public resulted in the Thursday morning arrest of two people wanted in a Feb. 9 robbery in Eagle River.
According to APD spokesperson Renee Oistad, Eagle River’s Ian Blodgett, 27, and Anchorage’s Sarah Norton, 27, were arrested at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday on the 500 block of East 4th Avenue after someone alerted police through the department’s anonymous Crime Stoppers system.
Redrawn school boundaries, relocatable classrooms and the continued combination of a middle and high school are among the Anchorage School District’s preferred options for a pair of earthquake damaged schools in Eagle River.