With the pull of a ribbon, dozens of children sprinted toward the new playground equipment at the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club on Oct. 23. The newest addition to the club has been a longtime coming. “The only thing they had to play on the past 23 years was the basketball court,” branch manager Tracey Hupe said.
It’s finally over. After too many amendments amending amendments, back-and-forth arguments and miffed retorts, the Anchorage Assembly voted to fund the controversial indoor tennis court/multi-use facility in Anchorage.
Gov. Sean Parnell, wearing a cheerful maroon sweater, spoke to a standing room only audience at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 18 at Bear Mountain Grill. He opened with good news.
Over the past year, Chugiak-Eagle River saw expansion, suffered tragedies, celebrated numerous awards and so much more. Here’s a look at some of the top stories of 2013.
Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne. The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.
Growing up in Eagle River, Chelsea Berry dreamed of becoming a conductor or composer. Instead she became a successful singer/songwriter. She credits much of this to Alaska folksinger Robin Hopper, who was her babysitter and her mother’s best friend. Throughout Berry’s childhood there was always folk music playing, always talk of musicians and songs.
Each spring, as the early-run king salmon start returning to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game begins a four-month effort to manage fishing effort in a way that ensures enough salmon swim past fishermen of all types to meet escapement goals.
The Eklutna River Bridge replacement project is one step closer to completion. R&M Consultants, Inc. representatives unveiled a draft of the design study report at a Dec. 11 open house meeting at Chugiak Elementary.
Theater-goers don’t normally laugh through Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” That’s not the case at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s rendition of Peter Bloedel’s “A Seussified Christmas Carol.”
We’ve all seen and read news stories about people committing horrific crimes. But it’s the reason behind those acts that intrigues Shauna Norton. “That’s the part that fascinates me,” she said. “To find out the why.”