The primary concern of any government must always be the safety of its citizens. I’m wondering what part of that you don’t understand?
Congratulations on Mike Nesper’s article (Oct. 4, “Public meeting to be held on local taxi issue”) addressing the second-rate taxi service being afforded the Chugiak-Eagle River community. I agree wholeheartedly with Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander’s assessment of the need for the Municipality to issue taxicab permits and create a more competitive business environment. She has had a great deal of support in the industry and the means to make it happen. Unlike Eagle River Cab of the 1980s, which had to rent an office and operate its own 24-hour dispatch, the new computerized dispatch being utilized by both Yellow and Checker cabs can transmit to well over a thousand cars and multiple phone lines. Yellow and Checker are not really cab companies. They do not own any cars or hire drivers and have little to do with the quality of service. In reality, all it would take to start an Eagle River Cab is for Yellow Cab to add a phone line and for the Muni to auction off five to 10 permits specifically for the new company. Yellow Cab will be responsible for advertising and adding direct lines to local businesses, while individual owner/operators would bid on the new permits and pay Yellow Cab for its services.
Ellen and I would like to sincerely thank the many Eagle River voters who cast their ballots for Larry Wood for State House! We campaigned to win and the outcome was disappointing. However, we take great pride in our community, our Last Frontier state, and our many volunteers, supporters, and contributors! You are magnificent and I smile each time I think about our positive and colorful splash over the many months leading up to the election. Thank you for sharing your time and talents — and getting behind our vision for a brighter future for Alaska and our community. Go Chugiak-Eagle River! Many thanks to Kim Skipper and to her campaign team for their graciousness and friendly competition during the campaign. Rest assured, Ellen and I will continue to be active in state and community affairs. We’ll see you out there!
They say that every journey begins with a first step, but this one has begun with tens of thousands.
The Loretta French ball fields have received a lot more additional use this last year than in previous years. The new bike path on the Old Glenn, improved parking area, improved baseball facilities all have added to the draw of this facility. My wife and I live close by and for years walk the park multiple times a week and have seen the impact of additional people. We walk our dogs there and are amazed at the lack of control people have on their pets.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center would like to thank everyone who was involved in the Eagle River Walk for Seniors event. This event was a tremendous success! Everyone had a great time, and together we were able to raise over $9,500 to help local resident seniors in need. The Hiland Mountain Correctional Center hosted a carnival and walk, which raised more than $3,800! We’d like to thank the correctional center, as well as everyone who put forth their time and energy into raising donations to go toward the Senior Center’s Good Sam Fund.
The Aug. 9 Star was perhaps the most useless issue I have ever seen.