On a bright July day, Auke Bay’s Don Statter Harbor was overflowing with commercial fishing vessels. Each slip appeared to be filled, as fishermen from across the state and the Pacific Northwest arrived to participate in the opening of a scheduled salmon fishery.
As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.
Approximately 14,000 Matanuska Electric Association members in the Chugiak-Eagle River area lost power four about four hours Monday, Nov. 4. Damaged equipment at the Pipple substation north of Eagle River caused the outage, said MEA spokesperson Kevin Brown.
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.
The Alaska Fine Arts Academy has several ongoing programs and activities. Here’s a look at what they offer: Play continues: The final two shows of “Shake, Rattle and Rot: The Zombie Musical” will be put on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.akfinearts.org or by calling 694-8909. General admission is $14 — seniors, military and children 12 and younger are $12.
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.
Five people who drove onto mudflats on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and got stuck were rescued by helicopter Saturday, Oct. 19. A husband and wife got stuck while off-roading in a jeep on Route Bravo Road, said Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Matteson, a battalion chief with the 673rd Civil Engineering Squadron.
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.
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.