Two people died in an early morning shooting Oct. 17 in Chugiak. After its preliminary investigation, Anchorage Police said it was a murder-suicide that killed Nita Kilapsuk, 40, and Michael Hagood, 49. Kilapsuk, of Nuiqsut, called police just after 4 a.m. to report a verbal argument between her and Hagood, Kilapsuk’s boyfriend. During the call, Kilapsuk said she wanted to leave the residence — a converted People Move bus — on the 21000 block of Valley Avenue, but Hagood, of Anchorage, had a gun and wouldn’t let her leave, APD said.
Out of the ashes of arson, a new home was created for Alaska’s Girl Scouts. The 40-acre property, Camp Singing Hills, is located on the banks of Edmonds Lake in Chugiak. The camp will include a three-floor lodge — complete with a kitchen, showers and loft sleeping quarters — canoe storage and a dock, and four yurts for year-round camping. Outdoor education sites, two trails and a playing field will surround the buildings.
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.
One-stop shopping is coming to Chugiak. Three Bears is opening a new store off the North Birchwood exit across from The Crossing church. The store is a combination of a grocery store and a warehouse, said Steve Mierop, Three Bears vice president and chief financial officer.
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.
A dead newborn baby was found in Turner Park in Eagle River on Tuesday, Oct. 15, according to the Anchorage Police Department. At 9:34 a.m., police received a report that a resident found a baby wrapped in a towel and that it was not breathing, APD said in a statement. Police and a crime scene team responded to the park on Regency Drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.