Gov. Mike Dunleavy will hold the first of his “Conversations with Alaskans” town hall-style meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 2 at Chugiak High.

The governor is holding a series of meetings to talk with constituents about the state’s fiscal situation.

“Join Governor Dunleavy for a discussion on Alaska’s fiscal realities and how we can put our state on a path to prosperity for generations to come,” reads a meeting description on the governor’s website.

There will be a legislative town hall meeting with all five area senators and representatives on Saturday, Feb. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chugiak High cafeteria.

Scheduled to attend are Sens. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) and Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer/Chugiak) along with Reps. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River), Cathy Tilton (R-Palmer/Chugiak) and Sharon Jackson (R-Chugiak/Eagle River).

Gruening Middle School skier Eli Lammers finished seventh in the boys A class race Tuesday to lead all local finishers at the Anchorage School District Middle School Nordic Skiing Championships at a cold and blustery Kincaid Park.

Nearly 500 skiers competed in A, B, C and D class freestyle technique races at the event, the final competition of the 2019-20 middle school season. A and B class racers competed a 3.6-kilometer course, while C and D skiers raced a 2.1-kilometer layout.

This year’s Birchwood Bowl battle wasn’t much of one as Chugiak completed a Cook Inlet Conference basketball season sweep of rival Eagle River with a pair of lopsided wins Wednesday at Eagle River High.

The Mustangs also swept a pair of games between the neighboring schools on Jan. 28 at Chugiak.

Don Young has no intention of slowing down.

After tearing through a rapid-fire speech at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce last week, the nation’s longest-serving congressman shook a dozen hands or more before barreling out of the Matanuska Brewing Company before a staffer could even finish collecting business cards.

“I wouldn’t run if I didn’t like it,” Young said a few minutes later after hopping in a car and driving to Jitters Coffee House for his next appointment.

Sometimes great isn’t quite enough.

Chugiak’s Michael Earnhart and Adrianna Proffitt each finished near the top of the individual Skimeister standings at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State High School Nordic Ski Championships — though both entered the weekend hoping to take a step higher on the podium.

Earnhart finished runner-up in the boys Skimeister standings following the two-day individual competition, while Proffitt was third in the girls Skimeister competition after Friday’s classic technique races.

Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt and Michael Earnhart put themselves in contention for state Skimeister titles with third-place finishes Thursday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Nordic Ski Championships at Kincaid Park.

Earnahart, a junior, finished 30.3 seconds behind Service’s Alexander Maurer in the boys 7.5-kilometer individual start freestyle race, while senior Proffitt was 38.9 seconds behind West Valley’s Kendall Kramer in the girls 5-kilometer race.

A Fairbanks company is exploring the idea of bringing the first retail marijuana store to Eagle River, an area that has resisted commercial cannabis since Alaskans voted to legalized recreational use in 2014.

The owners of Good Cannabis have begun talks with local leaders about the possibility of opening a high-end retail marijuana business in downtown Eagle River.

Local dipnetters will have an option that’s much closer to home this summer thanks to a regulation change by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, the board voted to create a personal use salmon dipnet fishery on a portion of the Susitna River from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 10-31.

A municipal review has found the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has resolved all outstanding issues related to a 2018 audit that found deficiencies in the department’s cash-handling controls.

“Management action corrected and significantly improved all issues identified in Internal Audit Report 2018-16,” wrote Municipality of Anchorage Internal Audit Director Michael Chadwick in a memo to the Anchorage Assembly.

McDonald Center finances are doing “great” according to the center’s longtime manager.

“It’s going really well,” said Reid McDonald during last week’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Area Board of Supervisors in Eagle River.

McDonald told the board the center ended up $18,000 ahead in 2019, including a $5,000 surplus in December alone.

McDonald said the bulk of the facility’s revenue still comes from ice rentals, though efforts continue to diversify revenue on the turf side of the center.

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

On Feb. 3 at around 6:45 a.m. police received a report that a 2019 Subaru parked at the North Birchwood park-and-ride had been stolen. Later that day an APD officer found the vehicle unoccupied and parked at the South Birchwood park-and-ride. Police said nothing was taken and there was no damage to the Subaru.

Chugiak’s girls basketball team had a lovely Valentine’s Day Friday night, cruising to a 50-23 Cook Inlet Conference win over South at Chugiak High.

The Mustangs held the Wolverines to just a single point in the second quarter en route to a 24-12 halftime lead and never looked back as head coach Ryan Hales was able to rest his starters for long stretches of the second half.

Chasity Selden-Horn scored a game-high 13 points for Chugiak, which got eight points from Layla Beam and seven each from Caitlin Wachmann and Ari Lewis.

Darth Vader and the Space Force shared sunshine with the Mario Brothers and Winnie the Pooh Saturday as Kincaid Park transformed from a world-class ski venue into an otherworldly winter wonderland filled with the motliest crew of cross country skiers you’ll see this side of Santa’s Workshop.

The costumes are a tradition at the East T-Bird Classic, an annual high school relay race that’s long on spirit but short on seriousness. Saturday’s mixed relay event featured a backwards handoff, an uphill slalom and a gnarly jump that sent more than its share of skiers cups over teakettle.

Senior Brooks Christian scored the lone goal for Eagle River as the Wolves fell 3-1 to Dimond on Saturday in the fourth-place game at the Alaska Division I state hockey tournament in Wasilla.

Senior goalie and all-CIC team member Ryan Gray finished with 39 saves for the Wolves. In three losses to Dimond this season, Gray dazzled with 126 saves — 42 per outing — and racked up 89 saves in three tournament games.

Just 16 hours after suffering its most devastating defeat of the season, the Eagle River High hockey team put itself in position for the program’s biggest triumph.

A trio of local 17-year-olds were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor ceremony held Jan. 29.

Earning the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor were Jacob Lestina, Jeremy Smith and Caleb Lattier, all of whom are members of Troop 222.

All three completed community service projects in order to earn their badges.

Two of the projects were completed at the Eagle River Nature Center, where Lestina remodeled three volunteer cabins and Smith built a rock garden. Lattier’s project was

When electric bills came due this month, a lot of people were in for a shock.

“I’ve certainly noticed some chatter about it,” said Matanuska Electric Asssociation Public Relations Manager Jennifer Castro on Tuesday.

But MEA’s rates didn’t go up. In fact, Castro said there was a slight decrease in rates this quarter. Instead, Mother Nature turned the thermostat outside way down — which Castro said sparked an increase in people’s usage.

“The biggest consumers of energy are heat and light, whare the two things we’ve been using lots of this past month,” Castro said.

Wolves have a howling good time on the Kenai

Eagle River’s boys and girls basketball teams completed a successful road trip over the weekend, returning from the Kenai Spur Highway with a pair of non conference sweeps of Kenai Central and Nikiski.

On Friday, Mikayla Johnson poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Eagle River girls to a 48-29 win over the Kardinals in Kenai. Lila Wegener had seven points and Amaya Hudson scored six for the Wolves, who outscored Kenai 19-4 in the third quarter.

Rob Webb doesn’t think his backyard wood-splitter is anything special. Sure it’s a 170-pound scrap metal splitting maul mounted on a 7-foot swing arm attached to the side of his shed. But he does live in Peters Creek, Alaska.

“You see weird stuff like that up here,” he said.

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