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Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) wouldn’t mind seeing American military bases around the world shut down — with a catch.

“I really want the troops to come to the state of Alaska,” Young said on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the Bear Mountain Grill.

Young was speaking in response to a question about America’s large number of bases abroad, and whether he thinks some of those bases can be shuttered.

“We don’t need troops in Germany,” Young said.

A banged-up Eagle River squad finished fourth in the 20-team Service-Dimond tournament over the weekend at Dimond and Service High Schools.

“I can’t be disappointed,” said coach Katie Hulse after her team fell 2-0 to East Anchorage in the third-place match Saturday, Oct. 22. Hulse’s team roared into the Gold division bracket with a solid 5-3 record during Friday’s pool play. The Wolves then picked up 2-0 wins over Valdez and Service on Saturday before falling in back-to-back matches against Dimond and East. Dimond went on to win the Gold division title.

Dimond High’s malfunction is Chugiak’s gain.

Thanks to faulty bleachers in the Lynx home gym, Chugiak will host this year’s Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet for the first time in school history Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Glenn Blake, Anchorage School District coordinating principal for gymnastics, confirmed Sept. 9 that Dimond’s bleachers could not open up fully, and that the venue was switched to Chugiak High.

With winter ready to break down autumn’s door and establish its dominance over Alaska, Eagle River Nature Center’s Michael “Gus” Gustafson is doing all he can to prepare The Last Frontier’s youth for disaster.

An explosion in the garage of a Chugiak single-family house caused a fire Friday, Oct. 21 at 19744 Sunset Boulevard that destroyed the family’s garage. The call came in at 9:30 p.m., said Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, with a crew from CVFD Station 31 on on the scene six minutes later.

Three women who poured countless hours into creating and sustaining a library in Chugiak-Eagle River were recognized with a dedication ceremony Thursday, Oct. 20.

What’s known today as the Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library named the children’s section for Billie Moore, the northern collection for Polly Kallenberg and the volunteer program for Kathryn Cotten.

A plaque for each woman was unveiled during the ceremony. Among the roughly 25 friends and family in attendance were Rep. Bill Stoltze, Rep. Anna Fairclough and Anchorage Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander.

Fueled by Butterfinger, Skittles and Dr. Pepper, zombies, princesses and superheroes roamed the halls of Fire Lake Elementary to kick off the Halloween holiday Friday, Oct. 21. Sugar-high children bounced from one of the fall carnival’s 18 games to the next, wolfed down hot dogs and voted on the top jack-o’-lantern.

And all this fun was had in the name of science.

Disgraced former House speaker Pete Kott of Eagle River pled guilty to one count of bribery in federal court today and was sentenced to time already served — about 17 months — and a $10,000 fine.

The Eagle River Boys and Girls Club has received a $12,360 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.

In a press release announcing the “Graduate to Go” experience grant, Eagle River club manager Tracy Hupe said the money will go a long way toward supporting programs in Eagle River.

“It’s because of partnerships like this that we are able to offer exciting career and college programs that ultimately help inspire our members to stay committed to earn their high school diplomas, dream big and be great,” Hupe said.

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