Not everyone went home happy, but they all drove the same roads home.
A hotly anticipated community meeting on the future of Chugiak-Eagle River schools produced a few barbs but few fireworks Monday at Mirror Lake Middle School as the debate continued between neighbors who support paying to repair earthquake-damaged Gruening Middle School and those who hope to combine the area’s two public high schools.
Chugiak’s powerhouse stable of runners has produced two more Division I thoroughbreds.
The Mustangs’ Brooklynn Gould and Hyrum Nelson signed Division I National Letters of Intent in the week before Thanksgiving Break, with Gould making the leap to the University of North Dakota and Nelson travelling cross-country to Utah’s Brigham Young University.
Nobody was hurt after powerful winds tore off part of the roof of an Eagle River restaurant Wednesday night.
The Matanuska Brewing Company posted dramatic video of the damage, which took place as a massive storm brought rain and wind gusts of more than 110 MPH to some parts of Anchorage Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning.
A feud has formed in Chugiak-Eagle River over whether to combine the area’s two public high schools.
At stake in the small-town spat are tens of millions of municipal dollars and the future of thousands of children in the famously quarrelsome twin towns where the only thing people might currently be more irritated with than outsiders is each other.
Many folks know the local Lions Club mainly for its large clubhouse and sports complex across from Walmart in Eagle River. But it’s what Lions do that can’t be seen that makes the group special according to Lion Karen Burns, who spoke about the group during the weekly Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting Nov. 20 at the Matanuska Brewing Company in Eagle River.
“We’ve been here a long time,” Burns told the chamber before detailing the organization’s many and varied service projects.
Birchwood residents are in favor of a plan by the local road board to spend $1.2 million to replace the one-lane Starner Bridge across Peters Creek.
The Birchwood Community Council voted last week to support a resolution by the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA) Board of Supervisors to reallocate funds left over from the Yosemite Drive upgrade project for the bridge.
“We’re trying to make our capital improvements go as far as we can,” said Matt Cruickshank, Birchwood’s representative on the CBERRRSA board.
Saturday began with a splash and ended with a souvenir for the Eagle River girls swimming and diving team, which won the first event of the day at the ASAA/First National Bank Swimming and Diving Championships and walked away with the school’s first state swimming runner-up trophy.
The Wolves won four individual girls titles and a relay championship; McKenzie Fazio claimed two individual victories, with Ellie Mercer and Kiara Borchardt winning one each.