Jamin Goecker

When Chyna Finley moved to Eagle River in 2016, she needed a fresh start. As a teen from Chicago with a tough past, she feared she would fulfill others’ predictions and become just another statistic of a troubled youth whose life was cut short. She certainly didn’t expect to play college basketball, but she’ll do just that after signing to play for NAIA school Central Methodist University at a ceremony held last month on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The Chugiak Community Council hosted a forum of Anchorage mayoral candidates on March 15. The candidates included Rebecca Logan, Tim Huitt, Paul Kendall, Matthew Mendonsa and Dustin Darden. Current Mayor Ethan Berkowitz cited previous commitments for not attending.

The candidates answered questions by the council and those in attendance on various issues.

Rebecca Logan

The South Fork Community Council met March 1 at Eagle River High School to hear presentations from speakers and made a resolution concerning a developer’s request for a variance on a project near Bernard Road.

Speakers included Jim Anderson, chief financial officer for the Anchorage School District, Nancy Clark, manager of the Chugiak-Eagle River Library, and Jeanna Bowie from Kinney Engineering.

Opposition for development variance

Larry Daugherty, a two-time Iditarod contestant and oncologist at Alaska Cancer Treatment Center in Anchorage, went about his daily routine two weeks ago, unaware that he would be competing in Iditarod 2018.

“I told everyone I was not going to do it,” Daugherty said Friday evening before the ceremonial start in Anchorage.

“But I got a call from Jason Campeau,” who would not be able to run his team due to lingering effects of a concussion that inspired Daugherty to wear a helmet with the note “For Jason” on it.

The Birchwood Community Council met on Feb. 14 to discuss issues ranging from a water transmission pipeline approved in December by the Anchorage Assembly to conversing about a potential new cemetery in Eagle River or Chugiak. Attendees also heard from several candidates for upcoming elections.


Transmission pipeline

The Eagle River Community Council met last Thursday to discuss voting protocol for the upcoming municipal election, capital improvement projects, reports from the Eagle River Community Patrol, and to listen to individuals running for various offices in upcoming elections.

Mail-in Ballots

The South Fork Community Council was briefed on air quality issues, capital improvement projects and Eagle River crime activity at its Feb. 1 meeting at Eagle River High.

Air quality and ballot issues

Assemblywoman Amy Demboski discussed the amount of methane emissions she has noticed while passing the Anchorage Landfill. She said has smelled the methane and felt nauseous while passing the landfill on the Glenn Highway, an occurrence echoed by attendees.

Jitters patrons enjoyed live local musicians and coffee last Tuesday and Wednesday as five bands from the Anchorage Folk Festival performed.

The festival, which ran from Jan. 17-28, also provided weekend workshops to go along with more than 70 free performances for the public.

Eagle River residents Kim Medders and her son, Elias Medders loved hearing the diverse music Tuesday evening.

The Chugiak Community Council met on Jan. 18 to discuss numerous issues impacting Chugiak and to hold elections for council seats and officers. Tiffany Briggs from the Municipality of Anchorage’s Real Estate Department and Officer Robin Nave of the Anchorage Police Department informed attendees about pressing local issues.

Rezoning for Chugiak Senior Center

Chugach State Park Ranger Tom Crockett had a blunt warning to his audience at the Eagle River Nature Center:

“If your pet is caught in a trap or snare, the only person who is going to save it is you. You have seconds to minutes to make it happen,” he said at a program led by Sandy Halstaed and John Ferguson held this past Sunday, Jan 21 teaching how to remove pets from traps.

Halstaed taught numerous strategies to prevent dogs from being caught. Ferguson, a lifelong trapper, demonstrated methods for releasing pets from traps and snares.

Situational awareness