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It’s time to celebrate!

Chugiak-Eagle River’s annual midsummer bash begins Tuesday, July 3 with one of the community’s largest events, the annual Eagle River Lions July 3 Celebration and fireworks show. The next day, the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade – this year marks its 42nd running – will follow the exact route the original one did, beginning at Latimer Hall and winding to the old elementary school through the heart of downtown Chugiak.

“The patriotic spirit should be alive and well,” said Eagle River Lions president Finis Shelden, one of the parade organizers.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks notched their first home win after defeating the Peninsula Oilers 12-10 on Friday, June 22 at Loretta French Park. 

The Chinooks (4-2) play the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday, June 23 at Mulcahy Stadium at 10 p.m. before heading to Fairbanks for four games in three days against the Goldpanners. 

The Chinooks scored five runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-4 advantage. They increased their lead to 12-6 after six innings. 

But the Oilers fought back. 

A standoff in a quiet Eagle River neighborhood ended in tragedy Thursday afternoon when police discovered a 39-year-old man dead inside his Powder Ridge home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Eagle River is having a bear of a summer.

Already this year, two people have been attacked by brown bears in this community, while a third attack near Bird Creek involved an Eagle River man out for an early-morning hike.

“It is an unusual number,” said Dave Battle, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Debbe Ebben is all in.

Ebben, of Eagle River, earned a trip to Las Vegas on Saturday, June 16, when she won the 2012 Miss Alaska Pageant at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage.

“I’m really excited,” Ebben said on Tuesday. “This is something I’ve been hoping and praying would happen for about five years now.”

Ebben’s victory means she will represent Alaska in the Miss America Pageant, which will be held in January.

The road to Sin City was a long one for Ebben, 24, who began competing in the Miss Alaska pageant five years ago.

Need a lift? Megan Patrick is here to help.

She’s been cruising the streets of Chugiak-Eagle River in her blue Chevy Malibu for the past week, offering rides to those in need. What’s perhaps more shocking than seeing a cab serving Chugiak-Eagle River is the cost — nothing.

 

Sometimes, you’ve just got to let go.

That’s what was going through the mind of Dr. Dan Hull during this year’s Eagle River Nature Center spring auction, where the recent Alaska transplant submitted the winning bid to release a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild.

A pick-up truck struck and injured a pedestrian shortly after 1 p.m. in downtown Eagle River on Monday, June 18.

According to eyewitnesses, an elderly man carrying a cane was nearly across the Old Glenn Highway when he was struck in the far right (southbound) lane near the busy 5-lane thoroughfare’s intersection with Centerfield Drive in front of Wells Fargo bank.

The man was taken to an Anchorage hospital. He was conscious and speaking as he was loaded into the ambulance with an apparent head wound.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks won their third straight game 5-0 over the Anchorage Bucs on Sunday, June 17 at Mulcahy Stadium to remain unbeaten in Alaska Baseball League play. 

The Chinooks only managed four hits, but they got some help from Bucs starter Erick Allen who walked four and gave up four runs, three of them earned, in just one inning of work. 

Caleb Dirks got the win for the Chinooks, who used four pitchers. Dirks struck out two and gave up three hits through three innings. 

The first-place Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks ran their record to 2-0 with a 13-9 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Friday, June 15, at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Trailing  7-5 after five innings, the Chinooks racked up eight runs in the final four innings. Five Chinooks had multiple hits and four different players drove in two runs apiece.

Griffin Gum went 3-for-6 with one RBI and scored a run for Chugiak-Eagle River. Brent Fukushima and Adam Humes each went 2-for-3 for the Chinooks. Humes drove in two runs while Fukushima had two RBIs and scored a run. 

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