Kirsten Swann

Approximately 450 Chugiak-Eagle River students received their high school diplomas in back-to-back ceremonies at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage Tuesday, May 16. Some expressed joy, others relief, as smiles and tears filled the arena through the afternoon and into the sun-filled spring evening.

Local robotics teams continue to build success on an international stage.

The third week in April, teams from the Boy Scout Troop 230 and Eagle River High School traveled to Houston, Texas to compete in the annual FIRST Championship, an international test of innovation and teamwork.

The two squads, known as the Quantum Mechanics and the Nuclear Wolves, were among eight from Alaska to reach the prestigious engineering event.

On the Sunday before Mother’s Day, a group of Alaskan women gathered at an Eagle River coffee shop for a special celebration of motherhood.

Bright tablecloths, flowering centerpieces, miniature cupcakes and other treats covered the tables. Soft music played through a pair of speakers. By the door sat a dozen painted flower pots, crafted and donated by the MOMS Club of Eagle River, decorated with ribbons and filled with packets of forget-me-not seeds.

A push to abolish free parking at the South Fork Eagle River Trailhead received unanimous support from the South Fork Community Council Thursday night.

The trailhead, located deep in the South Fork Eagle River valley near the end of Hiland Road, is a favorite destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts from around Southcentral Alaska. But for those who live nearby, the trail’s popularity poses a problem.

A student at Eagle River High School is taking a seat at the table with the Anchorage School Board.

For 16-year-old Kali Spencer, the school board’s new Student Advisory Board representative, the position is an opportunity to advocate on behalf of her fellow students around the district.

“The thing that I’m most looking forward to is the ability to have my voice heard,” she said, speaking by phone from her home in Eagle River Sunday.

The clock is ticking for Aurora Borealis Road.

Local road supervisors have set an October 1 deadline for obtaining a temporary maintenance easement for the road, according to Eagle River Street Maintenance General Foreman Mark Littlefield.

A veteran green thumb, master gardener Chris Wood grows raspberries, currants, apples and cherries, rhubarb, cranberries, vegetables and thick beds of colorful flowers.

This year, she’s planting something else – the first-ever Greater Eagle River Garden Club.

“We have a lot of really intelligent people who know a lot about gardening here, and I just love to be around them for the osmosis,” she said during a recent interview at her Eagle River home. “There’s always more to know, and I love learning.”

A 38-year-old Eagle River man was taken to an Anchorage hospital in critical condition Friday after his vehicle struck a light pole head-on in the grassy area between the Hiland Road off-ramp and the southbound Glenn Highway.

On a breezy Thursday afternoon, a small crowd of Alaska Christians gathered in Eagle River’s Town Square Park to mark the 66th annual National Day of Prayer.

“I was excited because new people came – maybe not as many as normally come, but meeting a new pastor is always exciting,” said Rev. Gracie Jackson of Grace Community AME Mission.

A proposed substance abuse recovery center near Eklutna Lake is moving through the municipal permitting process, taking another step closer to breaking ground.

On May 8, the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a conditional use permit for the Ernie Turner Center – Recovery Journey Program.