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.
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.
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.
Eagle River AFJROTC cadets and their families gathered outside the school Sept. 11 to conduct a flag retirement ceremony 12 years after four terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.
Eagle River football hosts Chugiak for its homecoming Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.
Cathy Jorgensen, of Eagle River, became the first female to make the rank of general in Alaska Guard history Friday, Sept. 13
Saturday, Sept. 7 was a busy day for local athletes. Here’s a look at results for Chugiak and Eagle River:
Eagle River hung with South High for three quarters, but the defending large schools state champion pulled away in the final 12 minutes to earn a 24-0 win Saturday, Sept. 7 at ERHS.
Chugiak won a thriller 27-26 over previously unbeaten Service on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.