One of Alaska’s most vet-friendly towns now has a highly visible symbol of its support for the armed forces.
A joint effort of the local chamber of commerce, garden club and numerous service organizations raised more than $11,000 to bring a giant steel star and Blue Star Memorial sign to Chief Alex Park alongside the Old Glenn Highway. The 15-by-15-foot steel star was filled with red, white and blue flowers Tuesday.
Downtown Eagle River was the picture of patriotism Friday as local scouts helped members of Elks Lodge 2682 honor Flag Day with a colorful ceremony in observance of the national holiday.
“It’s about the flag, patriotism, what our lodge stands for — charity, justice, brotherly love,” said Elks Exalted Ruler Phil R. Petrie.
Since 1908, Flag Day celebrations have been mandatory for lodges within the fraternal organization, which has had a lodge in Eagle River since 1982. Petrie said the holiday is an ideal fit with the group’s mission.
Alaska State Troopers said they rescued a woman and her dog from the Crow Pass Trail via helicopter on Sunday, the second such rescue in the past two summers along the popular trail within Chugach State Park.
Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the helicopter rescue took place Sunday afternoon.
“The limited info I have is that we got the report at about [4:34 p.m.] regarding a hiker that was about nine miles away from the nature center,” Peters wrote in a Monday email.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Star/Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week for June 13 is at the home of Curt and Katherine Holloway at 12230 Winter Park Place. This week’s business Garden of the Week is located at the VCA Animal Hospital at 11710 Business Boulevard.
Chugiak’s Sarita Cox was recently named the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Alaska Queen for losing 117 pounds over the past decade.
“Over the years, I tried most all of the diets, pills, and injections,” Cox said in a press release about the recognition. “Most of them helped take the weight off, but as soon as Istopped, every ounce came back plus more.”
Cox joined the Chugiak TOPS chapter in 1982 and began to make steady progress in 2007, said Cox, who once weighed over 300 pounds.
Groundwork is being laid for a new gym in Eagle River.
“Sometime around September we began talking with the Planet Fitness folks,” said Andre Spinelli, whose family’s company, Spinell Homes, owns the land at the corner of S. Juanita Loop and the Old Glenn Highway.
Last summer, Spinell received the permits needed to re-route a small creek that runs through the property. That move allowed him to build on the property, which led to a deal with the nationwide fitness chain.
Alaska State Troopers are looking for a 39-year-old Eagle River woman reported missing in Interior Alaska.
According to an online dispatch, troopers received a welfare check for Shanna Oman on June 9 from someone who said she left their residence off McGrath Road in Fairbanks at around 12:30 a.m. on June 3.
“The complainant was supposed to give her a ride back to Eagle River;” troopers wrote.
“He assumed she made other arrangements until her roommate called stating she had not returned home.”
Kale is a super green that grows well in our cool soils and is gaining in popularity. Historically, kale is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Ancient Rome saw kale as an important vegetable of the peasant class. English settlers brought this vegetable to America in the 17th century.
I’ve been hiking and climbing in southcentral Alaska for quite some time, and I’ve often found that one of the most difficult journeys is from the couch to the door, and from the door to the car. Most people would agree that getting into the outdoors, even for short hikes, is a good prescription for improving and maintaining health. Besides, many of us spend too much time indoors during the long, dark winters. So here are some relatively easy hikes that are close by and don’t require the exceptional fitness of champion runner Ali Ostrander.