Matt Tunseth

Students in Brian Mason’s class at Chugiak High didn’t ace their big test Tuesday. They butchered it.

Mason brought a cow moose carcass to class in the back of his pickup truck that morning, and for the rest of the day his students went to work de-boning, separating, grinding and packaging the animal. The bloody business served as a way to immerse the World Discovery Seminar program students in Alaska cultural traditions, give them a basic understanding of anatomy and teach them practical life skills.

Holiday spirit burned hot on a chilly Friday night in Eagle River last week as the annual Winter Wonderland and Merry Merchant Munch events returned to fill Town Square Park with children, community and cheer.

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.

Editor’s note: The following story contains depictions of sexual violence that may be disturbing to some readers.

A 34-year-old Chugiak man has reached a deal with state prosecutors to admit he raped a 9-year-old girl on Memorial Day of 2018.

Nothing can stop the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland celebration from returning to Chugiak-Eagle River. At least, that’s what the local chamber of commerce is promising.

“We are having Merry Merchant Munch no matter what,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber executive director Debbie Rinckey during the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum last month.

The annual event was canceled last year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the area on Nov. 30.

But Rinckey said a full slate of food and fun is planned for Dec. 6-7 in downtown Eagle River.

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.

Eagle River’s Zach Plucinski is hoping to add an NCAA title to an already loaded trophy case.

The Omaha Lancers defenseman and 2019 Chugiak High School graduate has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.

“The education and hockey package is arguably the best in the NCAA,” the 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman said in a story posted on the Lancers’ website.

Notre Dame (8-1-1) plays in the Big 10 conference and is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

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