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Chugiak head football coach Duncan Shackelford put the blame for Friday night’s 14-7 Cook Inlet Conference loss to Dimond squarely on the shoulders of a lone Mustang. 

Himself.

“My fault. Absolutely my fault,” Shackelford said after watching his team melt down in the fourth quarter of their home opener at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

There were no injuries to either humans or animals after a house fire broke out on Upper Sunny Circle Friday morning in Eagle River.

Homeowner Janet Seitz — along with her two dogs and two cats — escaped the blaze unharmed. Two workers installing new tile in the two-story home's downstairs were also unharmed. Seitz said she beleived the workers were already outside the home when the fire began.

The Albert Loop Trail near the Eagle River Nature Center has been closed because of increased bear traffic in the area.

The trail was closed at noon on Friday, Aug. 10.

According to a press release issued by Chugach State Parks, the trail will likely be shut down until the Eagle River begins to freeze.

Brown and black bears use the Albert Loop, its bridges and nearby beaver dams to fish for salmon, which are returning to the area in large numbers.

The closure has happened each year since 1997.

The three words that kept rattling around in my head July 25 as I left the shores of Symphony Lake and angled up-slope toward Triangle Peak were “how we forget.”

The last time I’d hiked up this 5,455-foot peak in the South Fork of Eagle River was in 2001, and back then it seemed a lot easier. In fact, my logbook noted that I made it to the top from the parking lot in 3-1/2 hours. On this day it would take me about twice as long.

Having earned a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter run at the 2012 Warrior Games — an athletic competition that pits U.S. service members against one another — Eagle River’s Mike Sanders is no slouch when it comes to running.

He’s one heck of a cyclist, too.

Sanders, an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force, recently rode 3,700 miles across the country with 13 other disabled veterans in the World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride.

In one of the most hotly contested races of the primary election season, the biggest issue isn’t oil taxes or coastal zone management, but a running debate over the placement of political signs in the Eagle River area.

For better or worse, the race to win the Republican nomination in House District 26 appears to be coming down to a battle over who can place as many signs in as many areas around Eagle River — leading to claims that municipal and state regulations are being violated in the process.

An undermanned Chugiak football squad lost its season opener 34-12 to West Valley Saturday night in Fairbanks, while the Eagle River Wolves were run over by the defending state runner-up South at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Mustangs coach Duncan Shackelford said his team — which suited just 23 varsity players — couldn't deal with the Wolfpack's ability to rotate in fresh players on offense and defense.

Last week, a few dozen Eagle River residents were transported back to the 1800s.

Quilts that told slaves how to navigate the Underground Railroad as well as harnesses used to transport slaves were only part of a two-hour lecture from Father Moses Berry at St. John’s Orthodox Church on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Berry, who founded the Ozarks African-American Heritage Museum in Ash Grove, Mo., said some of the artifacts he brought to Eagle River had never been outside the museum.

“This is kind of a little treat,” he said.

Finding a job in Anchorage is easy. Finding an affordable place to live isn’t.

In an optimistic report to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce last week, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Bill Popp said the Anchorage Municipality’s housing market is beyond tight.

“We now have the hottest real estate market in the United States,” Popp said during the chamber’s luncheon on Aug. 1 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

Popp said an average home in Anchorage is currently selling after just 43 days on the market.

 

Two Montana women died after their canoe capsized Wednesday on Eagle River near Mile 7.4 Eagle River Road, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

On Thursday, Anchorage Police Lt. Dave Parker identified the women as Fern Johnson, 60, of Plains, Mont., and Carol Heater, 48, of Kalispell, Mont.

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