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.
Raindrops beaded on freshly painted hoods over the Labor Day weekend as more than two dozen car owners turned out for the 49th State Street Rodders Car Show at the Eagle River Polaris and Arctic Cat dealership.
Crack! A deep, white spider web leapt across the windshield. The low rumble of engines on a Colombian Air Force aircraft was interrupted by the splintering sound of fractured glass. The pilots exchanged glances, checked safety lights, monitored their position and barked commands. Cabin pressure read normal, but the entire glass pane was split from end to end. It would be difficult to see, let alone safely fly. The aircraft had to descend. The plane radioed the control tower.
Eagle River’s branch of Rotary Club International lived up to its name recently by hosting a cop from Holland, a foreign exchange student from Ecuador and a district governor whose territory spans two nations.
The McDonald Center is expected to reopen this week after a faulty valve on the ice rink’s refrigeration system forced its closure this summer. The problem was first noticed during a hockey camp run by former pro Brian Swanson of Eagle River in mid-July. A wet spot formed on the ice and never froze.
Families in Chugiak have found a surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Grow ‘em. Led by several dedicated parent and student volunteers — along with support from staff at the school — “Rams Roots” is a new community garden project at Chugiak Elementary School that recently had its first harvest. On Aug. 20, gardeners spent a drizzly early fall afternoon picking a bumper crop of cabbage, peas, cucumber, herbs and more from the muddy soil. They’ll pull potatoes and carrots next month from the nine rows of brightly colored wooden boxes that make up the garden near the school’s main entryway.
A war broke out in the sky above Alaska last week. Fortunately, everyone was on the same side. On Friday, Aug. 23, forces from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base concluded a two-week international training exercise with Japan, Australia and the Republic of Korea with a mock battle.