A modest and seemingly unremarkable road bond package has drawn criticism from folks in Chugiak-Eagle River worried it could interfere with their area’s ability to pay for and maintain their own roads.

On Monday the local road board joined the Birchwood Community Council in opposing the $1.1 million bond package, which the assembly will consider for inclusion on the April ballot at its Tuesday night meeting. The matter was brought to the board’s attention by Assembly member Crystal Kennedy, who said she’s concerned local control could be at stake.

When Michael Jones was a kid growing up in New York, his favorite color was blue. He wore blue clothes, rode a blue bike and anything he painted or built would be blue.

He favored the color so much, his friends began calling him “Blue Jay,” the “J” representing his last name.

He also had a favorite pastime — building things.

“Literally, since I was 12 years old, I loved to build things,” he said. “My mom gave me a carpentry set when I was 7 or 8.

Police are looking for a 35-year-old Big Lake man wanted for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face several times at a residence in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Bradley A. Ficklin II got into an argument with his girlfriend on Jan. 25 at a home on Fire Creek Trail Drive, “at which time he punched her repeatedly in the face,” police wrote. The woman contacted police before going to the hospital for treatment, police said.

A loss to the league co-champions ended a solid comeback season for the Chugiak/Eagle River girls high school hockey team, which fell 4-1 Friday to Dimond/West on Senior Night at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Kara Rahm scored the lone goal with less than a second left to play for Chugiak/Eagle River, which finished in third place with a 3-6-0 record coming off a winless 2019 campaign.

Morgan Richards and Julia Woolsey combined to make 17 saves for CER.

Frigid cold has forced the cancellation of the Chugiak Stampede high school cross-country ski races scheduled for Saturday morning at the Beach Lake trails in Chugiak.

According to weatherunderground.com, temperatures in the Chugiak-Eagle River area ranged from 5-15 below zero at the time race officials announced the cancellation shortly after 9 a.m. Racing was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

UPDATE: MEA announced at around 7:15 p.m. that power had been restored to all impacted members. The cooperative said anyone without power should call them at (907) 696-7697 or via the MEA Smart Hub.

“Thank you again for your patience on this cold night!” MEA wrote in a status update on Facebook.


Whether they called it “screwmageddon” or a “screwpocalypse,” a lot of people in Eagle River were sure of one thing Thursday afternoon.

They got screwed.

A wayward box of 1 1/4-inch drywall screws caused screwdemonium on Eagle River Loop Road after they got loose and found their way into the tires of dozens of motorists. Soon, a steady stream of drivers started showing up at Alaska Tire Service in Eagle River with tires that looked like they’d been battling a mechanical porcupine.

UPDATE: (7 p.m., Thursday) The screws have been cleaned off the road and the road is now open. Read more here.


Police are asking people to temporarily avoid the northbound lanes of Eagle River Loop Road between the Briggs Bridge and Driftwood Bay because a box of screws spilled on the road and has damaged several car tires.

Anchorage School Board members have rejected a request to temporarily waive a requirement to use apprentice labor on district construction projects — a decision school district staff say could jeopardize as much as $100 million in federal and state funds that could help pay for repairs to school damage caused by the November 2018 earthquake.

However, those concerns may be overstated, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency official who spoke about the situation Wednesday.

The kingpins of the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League have struck again.

Defending league champions Eagle River rolled to a pair of lopsided victories over Service Thursday at Center Bowl in Anchorage, with the girls team shutting out the Cougars 35-0 and the boys winning 31-4.

The victories capped perfect 7-0 regular seasons for both teams.

Wasilla had no answer for Chasity Horn Thursday, as the Chugiak senior scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Mustangs to a 57-50 nonconference girls basketball win at Chugiak High.

The star guard went 9-of-10 from the free throw line and had six steals for the Mustangs, who also got 13 points on three 3-pointers from Carol Houser, nine points from Ari Lewis and a team-high nine rebounds from Layla Beam.

Bella Hays scroed 14 points to lead Wasilla.

Chugiak plays Eagle River on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Chugiak High.

Eagle River won its second straight Cook Inlet Conference game Friday to jump ahead of Chugiak in the race for the No. 4 seed in the CIC playoffs.

The Wolves got goals from four different players, including a first-period strike from Jacob Whestel and third-period goals by Tucker Lien, Bryan Collins and Tay Kurpius. Eagle River improved to 6-5-1 with conference games remaining against South and West. Though the weekend, Chugiak stood at 6-7-0 with one CIC game left, Tuesday night at the McDonald Center against Service.

Chugiak and Eagle River will face each other for the first time in conference play this when the Mustangs and Wolves tip off in Cook Inlet Conference clashes starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Chugiak High.

The Chugiak girls enter the game coming off their first CIC win of the season, a 68-28 thrashing of South on Jan. 21 at South High to improve to 1-2 in conference. The Mustangs will warm up for their battle with the Wolves with a nonconference game against Wasilla at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Chugiak High.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

A 34-year-old Anchorage woman already facing two separate stolen vehicle charges in the past year allegedly stole a Lexus from Clark Middle School in Anchorage and crashed it in the Chugiak area last week.

The sky was crystal clear Jan. 16 and the loud crunch in the snow underfoot was a telltale indicator of the cold — about minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit when I left my house. I had Kahtoola micro-spikes on my boots and hiked the first two miles of the hard-packed South Fork trail with my 35-inch snowshoes attached to my pack.

The Alaska District 13 and 14 Republican Convention will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River.

This year’s guest speaker will be Forrest A. Nabors, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The event will also feature speeches from Sen. Lora Reinbold and Reps. Kelly Merrick and Sharon Jackson, as well as Ken McCarty, who is running for the District 13 State House seat.

Chugiak won the Palmer Elks Showdown boys basketball tournament behind award-winning performances from Owen Lewis and Austin Harr at Palmer High.

The Mustangs concluded the tournament with a 73-60 win over Valdez to finish 3-0. Chugiak also defeated Palmer 69-64 on Friday. Harr led all scorers with 20 points in Saturday’s finale, Zach Cole had 15 and Jackson Wall added 14.

Following the tournament, Lewis was named tournament MVP and Harr was named to the all-tournament team.

Perhaps the only player who managed to stay warm Friday night at a bone-chilling Alaska Girls Outdoor Winter Classic was red-hot Chugiak/Eagle River goalie Morgan Richards.

Richards made 52 saves in her team’s 10-0 loss to South/Bartlett, including 26 in the first period alone. Girls hockey periods are 12 minutes long, meaning Richards averaged one save every 42 seconds of play.

Game-time temperatures were around zero at the second-annual event, which also featured a 4-2 Dimond/West win over Service/East.

Chugiak clinched the season series against rival Eagle River by scoring the final five goals of a 6-2 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win in front of a full house Friday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Jarett Beckett had a hat trick and Daegen Love made 11 saves on 13 shots to lift the Mustangs to 6-5-0 in the CIC.

Beckett drew first blood with an unassisted strike with 6:39 left in the first period, but Jacob James equalized just before the first intermission off Gavin McDonald and Walter Sorrell assists.

Chugiak residents may have finally found a project suitable for their backyard.

At Thursday night’s Chugiak Community Council meeting, a proposal for a senior housing facility in the Carol Creek area drew cautious optimism from council members.

The development would go on a parcel of municipal land located between the Harry J. McDonald Center and Fred Meyer. The land has been a hot topic in Chugiak, where the municipality previously tried to develop a much larger housing development. That plan was scrapped after land managers determined it wasn’t economical.


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