Kirsten Swann

Independence Day festivities began with a boom at Eagle River Lions Park Monday night.

The annual community fireworks show — hosted by the Eagle River Lions Club — is always a major event, according to organizers and spectators. This year’s show involved $10,000 worth of pyrotechnics, several thousand onlookers, dozens of vendors and two stages for bands. While the fireworks display itself lasted about 15 minutes, the celebration leading up the show ran for six hours.

Route 102 bus riders aren’t ready to give up their stops.

Nearly two dozen Chugiak-Eagle River residents met with local transportation officials July 26, protesting planned changes to area bus service during a heated public forum.

Eagle River’s pint-sized Pop Warner cheer squad is back for another year, kicking off its 20th season with pep, positivity and plenty of pink flamingos.

“It’s fun,” said 8-year-old Shelby Beuch, one of the Eagle River Panthers’ veteran cheerleaders. “I’m excited about the very end — there’s a showcase at the very end and it’s super fun.”

Gordy Banfield never expected the video to go as far as it did.

Affecting everyone from commuters to high school students, major upgrades along Eagle River’s Yosemite Drive are due to be completed by the beginning of the school year.

“That’s the goal, and that looks like it’s really doable,” said Jerry Hanson, a project manager with the Anchorage Public Works Department.

A loud bang inside the Eagle River Walmart triggered reports of gunfire, a store evacuation and a large police presence Friday night.

Following an “extensive” search, an Anchorage Police Department dispatch supervisor said no evidence of a gunshot was ever found.

Home following a marathon legislative season, a trio of local lawmakers gathered in Eagle River July 19 to give constituents a bleak brief on capitol affairs.

“It’s a messy business with 60 people, all with different ideas,” said Sen. Shelley Hughes, a District F Republican, at a weekly meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. “The state is at a serious crossroads.”

Mirror Lake Park is shifting gears: Besides the usual summer boaters, beachgoers and picnickers, the popular local green space now lures a steady trickle of mountain bikers, too.

Chugiak’s first dedicated mountain bike course, the Mirror Lake singletrack is making a name for itself among cyclists from surrounding neighborhoods and beyond.

Accused of stealing $180,000 from a local youth hockey league, 33-year-old Chugiak resident Jennifer Suchan made her first appearance in Anchorage District Court Friday morning.

Chugiak High School student Sarah Dykman holds a unique distinction: A 2015 Bear Paw Pageant Princess, she’s one of the longest-reigning royals in the history of the event.

Now it’s almost time to cede the throne.

“I’m totally OK with giving up my crown,” said Dykman, 15. “I’ve had it for two years.”

After the retirement of two longtime volunteers, the pageant was cancelled in 2016, according to event organizers. A community variety show was hosted in its place, and the 2015 Bear Paw Court kept their titles for another summer.