A relatively mild construction season is coming to a close in Eagle River, with crews wrapping up final punch lists on a handful of projects around town.
One of the largest projects, updating drainage systems in the Breckenridge Drive and Farm Avenue areas, is about 95 percent finished, Eagle River Street Maintenance general foreman Mark Littlefield said.
The project is part of an ongoing effort to address drainage issues in the northeast section of town that have gotten worse as Eagle River has developed.
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.
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.”
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.