Matt Tunseth

On the day after Christmas, I opened an email from Lee Jordan.

“Merry Christmas, Matt,” he wrote. “Keep up the good work.”

Less than a week later, Lee died suddenly during a New Year’s Eve party, surrounded by his family and friends.

During my three separate tours at the Star since 2010, Lee’s enduring presence has been a reminder why we continue fighting each week to put out a community newspaper in keeping with his vision, so knowing he still took pride in the paper he called “his baby” is by far the most satisfying accomplishment of my career.

A record number of women in Congress has drawn national headlines in recent days, but in Chugiak-Eagle River another historic delegation is about to take office.

When the Legislature convenes Jan. 15, the staunchly conservative district north of Anchorage will be represented by its first all-female delegation, with three female Republican State House representatives and a pair of GOP women in the State Senate.

Helen Wilson travels the world more than James Bond. She’s probably a better shot, too.

Later this month, the Eagle River 17-year-old will visit the famed biathlon venue in Osrblie, Slovakia for the second time as a member of the Team USA biathlon squad that will compete at the Youth and World Championships Jan. 27 through Feb. 3.

All five members of the incoming Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation are scheduled to appear at a legislative town hall meeting Thursday in downtown Eagle River.

The public town hall will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eagle River Town Center Building at 12001 Business Boulvard. Scheduled to attend are Senator-elect Lora Reinbold, Sen. Shelley Hughes, Rep. Cathy Tilton, Rep.-elect Kelly Merrick and State House appointee Sharon Jackson.

Lee Jordan, an iconic Alaska newsman who founded the Chugiak-Eagle River Star newspaper and briefly served as the only mayor of Chugiak-Eagle River has died. He was 88.

Jordan’s death was announced in a Tuesday Facebook post by his son, Ole.

Sharp-eyed Alaskans watching the Holiday Bowl on New Year’s Eve got a chance to spot some sharp-dressed Alaskans.

About 30 members of the Alaska South Central Pop Warner cheerleading squad performed during halftime of the Utah-Northwestern college football game, which was broadcast on cable channel FS1.

Several high-profile stories dominated the headlines in 2018 Chugiak-Eagle River, where a tragic bear mauling, a controversial court ruling and a powerful earthquake all made national news. There were also several big local stories that

drew attention throughout the year, including a much-barked-about dog park proposal, a ballyhooed bridge strike, a costly vandalism spree and an ongoing community discussion about crime.

Earlier this year, Tom Frazier got the call every parent of a service member dreads.

“It was a pretty intense few minutes,” he said.

On the other end of the line, a Marine had just told Frazier his son, Cpl. Tyler Frazier, had been wounded while fighting in Syria.

“It took everything I had not to break down just to hear what the guy was saying to me,” he said.

A longtime thorn in the side of Peters Creek residents was finally removed Thursday when municipal workers demolished a pair of buildings that have been the source of decades of problems in the neighborhood.

“It’s been a major source of irritation for years,” said Jack Frost, acting director of Development Services for the Municipality of Anchorage.

From used syringes and junked-out cars to reports of thefts and residents brandishing weapons, the property in an otherwise unassuming neighborhood near Mirror Lake Middle School has been a neighborhood nightmare.

Waffling about what to eat? A new restaurant in Eagle River has you covered.

Waffles and Whatnot owner Derrick Green says customers who visit his new eatery are guaranteed to leave happy — even if they don’t know what they want to eat.

“When you offer the Chef’s Special it’s very simple: If you like it, you pay for it. If you don’t like it, all we ask is that you tell us what you didn’t like it so we can fix it for next time,” he said.

It’s a guarantee that usually pays off in satisfied customers.