Tucked away on the backside of a small lake at the edge of the Chugach Mountains, Camp Carlquist Cub Scout Camp is young boy’s paradise. There’s Edmonds Lake to swim in, hiking trails to explore and plenty of fresh air to breathe while running and playing in the Alaska summer sun. It’s a place where stories are made, songs are learned and lifetime friendships forged. And for Ian and Grady, it’s where two uncertain futures began to come into focus.
The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department broke ground Wednesday, July 24 at the site of its new Station 35 on the Old Glenn Highway near Fire Lake in Eagle River. The 10,000-square-foot facility will house five fire fighting and response vehicles, offices, a classroom and serve as the department’s administrative station, said CVFD Chief Virginia McMichael.
Like plenty of local residents, C.J. Mitchell owns a canoe. But he’s not launching it into Eklutna Lake on the weekends. Instead, it serves as a large flower bed where he grows bright red poppies in front of his Eagle River home.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry recently got a makeover — and they have Aaron Feinstein to thank for it. For his Eagle Scout project, Feinstein and some of his fellow scouts from Troop 219 replaced old carpeting with new vinyl commercial tile at the pantry, which is located inside Eagle River Presbyterian Church.
The Anchorage Fire Department issued a municipal-wide burn ban effective 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 until further notice.
What a weekend for Bear Paw. Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s filled the festival’s final three days Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14. Good thing the fire department was there. AFD personnel used Truck 11 to cool down hot festival-goers in the middle of Business Boulevard.
Longtime festival voluneer Mitch Braham took home the top individual honor during the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber’s Bear Paw Awards ceremony Wednesday, July 11 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River. Braham earned the 43rd Bear Paw Outstanding Community Service by an Individual Award. The Eagle River Nature Center was honored for the Outstanding Organization Award.
After enjoying a day of fun and sun at the Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, Sen. Lisa Murkowski took a redeye to Washington, D.C., the following day to attend a meeting with all of her fellow U.S. senators.
Rodeo Alaska wanted to bring rodeo back to Chugiak-Eagle River. Given this year’s Bear Paw Festival theme, 2013 was a good year to start. Under the theme Roundup at the Bear Paw Corral, a rodeo was added to the annual festivities in Eagle River for the first time in several years, said event director Merry Braham. It was a huge hit.
Second time was a charm for Victoria Bensel and Nathan Dennis, whose return trips to the Bear Paw Pageant paid off royally Thursday, July 11 at the Steve Primis Auditorium. Bensel and Dennis earned their Bear Paw King and Queen titles one year after finishing as runners-up in the 2012 scholarship competition.