There’s never a bad time to brush up on fire safety basics — not even during a snowstorm.
That was the message Alaska Fire and Life Safety Public Education Coordinator Virginia Lauer-McMichael delivered to a snow-smallened crowd at the Matanuska Ale House April 17 as wet, heavy chunks of spring snow fell outside.
“You’d be surprised how many people don’t know about fire education,” said McMichael, who previously worked as an assistant chief at the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and was honored as the 2017 Bear Paw Parade grand marshall.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Anchorage Chamber for a citywide cleanup celebration Saturday, April 27 in Town Square Park in Eagle River.
The event will feature a cleanup followed by a volunteer barbecue and beer garden sponsored by Jalapeno’s restaurant.
People can pick up orange trash bags at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union between 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday — the more bags collected, the more tickets people can get for a prize raffle at the free barbecue, which starts at 6 p.m.
A little snow — ok, a lot of snow — couldn’t slow down local track and field athletes Wednesday at the first outdoor meet of the season.
Chugiak and Eagle River joined Dimond and West for the afternoon quad meet at Dimond Alumni Field. When the snow finally settled, several locals had first-places finishes to show for their chilly efforts.
Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan used to refer to Chugiak-Eagle River as “the breakaway republic,” and for decades residents of the northern reaches of the municipality have seen their dreams of independence remain unfulfilled.
“We have put together a group of people who are seriously contemplating a detachment of Assembly District 2,” said Michael Tavoliero, chair of the newly formed nonprofit whose name is a nod to the “Brexit” movement to separate Great Britain from the European Union.
A proposal that would lock up 1,380 acres of municipal parkland from future development in exchange for cash is one step closer to reality after the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department agreed to a memorandum of understanding with an Oklahoma nonprofit funded by the U.S. Army.
No team traveled more miles to get to this year’s Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U National Championships in Plano, Texas than the Anchorage North Stars. They didn’t go all that way to lose.
Anchorage’s Hayden Fox slapped the puck into a wide-open net with just 51 seconds left to ice the team’s 4-3 win Monday over the McKinney (Texas) North Stars. The play was set up by Eagle River’s Tucker Lien, who took a breakout pass in the neutral zone and skated along the left side deep into the offensive end before slipping a pass to Fox just as the defense closed in.
Supporting a loved one dealing with mental health issues can be lonely labor. But it doesn’t have to be.
“That’s a huge thing to realize you’re not alone,” said Kathy Burek Huntington, an Eagle River woman who helps facilitate a National Alliance of Mental Illness family support group that meets twice a month at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River.
Huntington said the purpose of the support group is for people to share their stories, discuss treatments and support methods and simply commune with other people experiencing similar circumstances.