Well, 2014 was quite the year for Eagle River. We saw a lot of changes, big and small. There was building construction, and road construction (sitting out on Eagle River Road sipping coffee and waiting for the darned lane to open up, anyone?) and new businesses opening and old businesses folding and people winning races and running for Assembly and State Senate even an Assembly member making a bid for the Anchorage mayoral slot.
Popcorn aficionados, rejoice! A new store in Eagle River specializing in what you need to soothe the addiction to the sweet, crunchy and salty has opened. Jazzy Gourmet Popcorn is the vision of Cedric Roland – an Anchorage resident who couldn’t find the ideal space there to open a brick and mortar store. Spaces were either too small or too large or didn’t have the appropriate kitchen space. His wife, Cheryl saw a Craigslist advertisement for the spot that formerly housed a Thai food restaurant off the Old Glenn Highway. It had one of the key pieces of equipment Cedric needed: A 12-foot hood over the stove.
After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again — or soon will be at the McDonald Center. Due to a nagging leak in the coolant lines embedded in the concrete floor, the whole floor and subfloor had to be taken out, said rink manager Reid McDonald.
The classroom at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center was serene and airy with silver-soft light filtering across the room. Bright nature murals sprawl across the walls and large windows overlook a tree-filled courtyard.
When it came time for Ben Talotta to select his Eagle Scout project, the former Eagle Academy Charter School student thought of his elementary alma mater.
Monsters, action figures, princesses and pirates were out in full force at Fire Lake Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival on Oct. 24. The parking lot was packed and it was almost impossible to make it down the hallway without getting jabbed by someone’s elbow or hat or, in the case of one man’s costume choice, a very large nose.
Maraya Davis grew up around gift shops. Her mother opened Happiness is Handmade in Eagle River in 1986, and operated the shop until 1993. Davis, an Eagle River resident and Chugiak High School graduate of 1998, continued family tradition by opening Lemon Tree Gifts in the Sears Mall with her husband Roger Davis this year.
Newly-elected governor Bill Walker announced a slew of appointments Dec. 1, including that of long-time Eagle River resident and former politician Sam Cotten as acting commissioner of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Students at Homestead Elementary learned a lesson in holiday giving when they collected and packaged items to donate to the Bean’s Café Beanie Boxes. Dana Johnson’s second grade students, along with help from fourth and fifth grade classes, collected donations and essential items such as toothpaste, shampoo, combs, soap, gloves and other necessities.
Rona Johnson has been named publisher of Morris Publishing Group Alaska, encompassing the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaskan Equipment Trader and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star weekly newspaper. The appointment was announced by Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News.