The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission (PNZ) isn’t satisfied with Eklutna, Inc.’s master plan for a proposed inert waste landfill in Chugiak. “They felt they needed more detail,” Eklutna CEO Curtis McQueen said of the board’s 6-1 vote that denied a zoning request Monday, Oct. 7.
With colder temperatures and impending snow comes the end of the construction season. Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on with the major projects in the Chugiak-Eagle River area.
Living on Fish Hatchery Road, Emilie Arvidson has seen several bears over the years in the Eagle River neighborhood. “I never really was scared of them,” she said. “Now, I am.” Arvidson’s attitude changed after her 5-year-old daughter, Alexis Morrow, had an up-close encounter with a black bear the evening of Sept. 28.
Katherine Kosterman, a military wife and mother of four, doesn’t know whether her husband’s mid-month paycheck will arrive. On Monday, Oct. 7, she hung out with a friend at Jitters coffee shop in Eagle River, and the worry showed on her face.
Fifteen years ago, Mary Ann Poll ruptured a disk in her neck. Little did she know the injury would turn into a new career. While restricted to the couch, Poll read about 100 books in three months. A friend suggested that Poll — who had written music and poetry — try her hand at fiction.
Moments after the bell rang at 10:22 a.m., students and staff flocked to a salad bar stationed in the hall at Chugiak High on Sept. 26. At just $2 — no wonder dozens lined up to fill their bowl full of locally grown produce. Just as quickly as the surge formed, the lunch rush was over. Just like a restaurant.
All this month, zombies will be on the loose in Eagle River. The Alaska Fine Arts Academy is putting on eight shows of “Shake Rattle and Rot: The Zombie Musical” every Friday and Saturday of October at 7 p.m. A group of teens who were killed in the 1950s come back to life for one night. All of the gang is set on wreaking havoc — except for Andrew. A romantic, Andrew falls for a living girl, Louise.
It took nearly seven decades, but the Army finally recognized Arthur Owens for his bravery during World War II. More than 68 years after Owens saved two injured soldiers from a tank under heavy fire, he was awarded seven medals including the Silver Star and Purple Heart on Sept. 19 at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
It expanded like some creature out of a sci-fi horror movie, spreading mildewed tentacles across the western edge of the Carrs Eagle River parking lot. Once the site of a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska donation drop-off, through early September it morphed into a trash heap of clothing, toys, furniture and home appliances that sat in the rain, stank in the sun and grew some more.
So much for fall. Just a day after the first day of autumn, a light snow fell on Chugiak-Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 23. The National Weather Service in Anchorage received reports that Eagle River Valley had 2 ½ inches, meteorologist Andy Dixon said. Snow clung to trees and grass, but roadways were clear Monday. The white stuff didn’t stick around too long and melted by Tuesday, Sept. 24.