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Any given day of the week, passersby of the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club can hear the screams of Alex McCoy rising above a background of hardcore music. Though some might describe the sound of Anchors Alive as just noise, what’s going on inside the teen center is harmonious.

The five-member band has been practicing in the teen room since March — and hasn’t accepted a penny in return for three shows put on at the venue. At $5 a head, all the money raised from the concerts is put back into the teen room, said Eagle River branch manager Tracey Hupe.

It should come as no surprise that Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan first addressed the economy in his update to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 21.

“You’ve got to have a stable fiscal regime,” Sullivan said.

In his two-plus years in office, Sullivan said he’s been able to restore the city’s operating reserves — which had dipped below mandatory levels — and that his administration has created additional operating reserves.

 Chugiak football coach Duncan Shackelford said Thursday that the Mustangs varsity team must forfeit all three wins from earlier this season due to the use of an ineligible player.

Shackelford said he told the team about the situation after Wednesday’s practice.

“Toughest 10 minutes of my life,” Shackelford said.

Up until Wednesday, Chugiak was 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Cook Inlet Conference. The Mustangs are now officially 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the CIC and are no longer in contention for a playoff berth.

On Monday night, the world got to hear what folks in Chugiak have known for a long, long time.

Mike Christensen can really sing.

Christensen, a 2004 Chugiak High graduate, made his national television debut at 8 p.m. Monday night on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” an elimination-style reality show featuring some of the nation’s top vocal ensembles.

His mom couldn’t be more proud.

“We are really excited about it,” said Shauna Christensen, who said she’s hoping all of Eagle River will tune in. “I’ve been spreading the word.”

Eagle River’s first true home homecoming varsity football game Saturday, Sept. 17 did not disappoint.

Chugiak’s playoff hopes took a major hit Saturday, Sept. 17 after Dimond rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull out a 21-14 Cook Inlet Conference win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

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Lizette Stiehr is celebrating her birthday by giving a gift to others.

On Friday, Sept. 23 — Stiehr’s birthday — Stiehr will be doing a reading from her first book, “2012 to oneness,” which contains 72 inspirational poems, at Jitters from 6 to 9 p.m.

Anyone who knows Stiehr is invited. Since she’s lived in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for more than three decades, Stiehr said she reserved the back room at the coffee shop.

Kevin Fullmer is returning to the sidelines at Chugiak High School.

Chugiak principal Sam Spinella confirmed on Tuesday that Fullmer, a social studies teacher at the school who coached the boys basketball team from 1996 to 2009, has been chosen to once again fill that position.

“He brings experience in coaching, he’s worked with the kids and he’s got a good reputation,” Spinella said on Tuesday.

Fullmer takes over for Orin Wear, a Mat-Su math teacher who coached the team for two years before stepping down after last season. Wear went 21-23 at Chugiak.

Eklutna, Inc. may soon have some new digs.

Anchorage’s largest private landowner unveiled its plans for a new commercial development in Eagle River that could eventually be home to the Native corporation’s new headquarters.

“We’d like to put our corporate office building there,” Eklutna land development manager Jim Arnesen told the Eagle River Community Council at the council’s monthly meeting Sept. 7.

Sure, teenagers like their sleep. But 20 years?

Chugiak High junior Slayton St. Pierre will pretend to wake from a two-decade snooze in the upcoming production or the Washington Irving classic “Rip Van Winkle,” which opens Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Steve Primis Auditorium.