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Finding a job in Anchorage is easy. Finding an affordable place to live isn’t.

In an optimistic report to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce last week, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Bill Popp said the Anchorage Municipality’s housing market is beyond tight.

“We now have the hottest real estate market in the United States,” Popp said during the chamber’s luncheon on Aug. 1 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

Popp said an average home in Anchorage is currently selling after just 43 days on the market.


Two Montana women died after their canoe capsized Wednesday on Eagle River near Mile 7.4 Eagle River Road, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

On Thursday, Anchorage Police Lt. Dave Parker identified the women as Fern Johnson, 60, of Plains, Mont., and Carol Heater, 48, of Kalispell, Mont.

Eagle River Olympic hopeful Corey Cogdell finished 11th overall and failed to advance to the six-woman finals of the Olympic Trapshooting competition on Saturday, Aug. 4 in London, England.

Cogdell, the 25-year-old U.S. Olympic Trials champion and a bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, hit 68 out of a possible 75 targets. She nailed a perfect 25 in the opening round, but faded over her final 50 shots. Italy's Jessica Rossi followed up her world-record perfect score of 75 in the preliminaries, then hit 24 out of 25 to win the gold medal.

Kenai Post 20 defeated Chugiak Post 33 twice Saturday to win the American Legion AA State Tournament championship at Mulcahy Stadium. 

In the first game, the Twins overcame a 6-3 deficit and scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge out an 8-7 win and force a second game. 

Chase Wilson went 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs and scored a run to lead Chugiak in Game 1. Conner Cimmiyotti, Deven Ferriss, Justin Schneider and Alex Bozzo each had two hits for the Mustangs. 

Josiah Covey hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Kenai Post 20 past Eagle River 9-8 on Friday at Mulcahy Stadium in the American Legion AA State Tournament losers' bracket seminfinal. 

The Twins will play Chugiak Post 33 on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the championship. Chugiak (4-0) needs one win to claim the title, whereas Kenai must win twice to be crowned champions. Should Kenai win the first game, a second game will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

Alaska State Troopers say a vehicle pursuit that began in Wasilla ended when troopers shot and killed a man who advanced on them with a bat near Thunderbird Falls.

Troopers were not releasing details about the man who was killed or the officers involved in the shooting.

Folks who aren’t quite as energetic as some of the event’s stars are still welcome at this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Walk for Seniors.

“It’s a walk to benefit seniors, but it’s for everyone to participate,” said Linda Miller, the center’s fundraising coordinator.

The walk will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4 starting at Town Square Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

“Scouting teaches boys responsibility and basic skills on adulthood, it gives them a head start to growing up to be independent young men who can be self reliant and self responsible” said Boy Scout Troop 190 Scoutmaster Wes Raley.

JBER Boy Scout Troop 190 and Troop 504 traveled to Gorsuch Boy Scout Summer Camp July 15 for a weeklong trip in the woods to help Scouts become, as Raley says, “independent young men.” While the scouts won’t be completely independent by the end of the week, they will be a little closer to reaching that goal.

Nobody ever joined the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department to get rich.

“The department didn’t offer you nothing but the camaraderie of the membership,” recalled Greg Weaver, one of four former CVFD chiefs who gathered to swap stories from a bygone era of frontier firefighting last week in honor of the department’s 60th anniversary.

With a quarter of a million people attending Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Arctic Thunder open house and air show Saturday and Sunday July 28-29, 2012 was a “huge success” for the biennial event, said JBER spokesman Luke Waack.

Too huge, in fact.

On Saturday, traffic backed up for hours at JBER’s gates. Some people never even made it on base.

“[Saturday] was a huge day,” Waack said. “We reached parking capacity. We just filled up.”

Waack attributed the massive crowds to an impressive lineup and sunny weather.