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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.

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.

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.

Anchorage school and health officials are working to allay concerns from parents in Chugiak about the new coronavirus after a student at Mirror Lake Middle School returned to class following a visit to mainland China.

In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, Mirror Lake assistant principal Suzanne Brown said there is no cause for alarm.

“The collective medical and epidemiological assessment that there is no current concern for possible novel coronavirus at our school,” she wrote.

Three people were rescued after a plane apparently crashed near the Knik Glacier on Thursday.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, an emergency signal was received at around 12:30 p.m. from a pilot who reported “a downed plane” near the glacier. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center responded and transported two of the three passengers to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, while another passenger was picked up by a Good Samaritan and taken to the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak.

Troopers said none of the three people were injured.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy believes a cooperative spirit and new resource development can help usher in a new era of prosperity.

“I believe we’re going to grow this state,” Dunleavy said during a Wednesday meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.