When it comes to jumping horses, Phoebe Henry is the best in the state — and she has the hardware to prove it. Henry, a Chugiak High sophomore, has won the 14-U United States Hunter/Jumper Association Stirrup Cup award for Zone 12 two years in a row.
Well before dawn on the morning of Jan. 31, more than 200 members of the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment arrived under cover of darkness at the foot of Arctic Valley Road. Carrying 35-pound rucksacks and decked out in their camouflage combat uniforms, the men briefly listened to instructions from their platoon leaders before springing into action.
Students at Ravenwood Elementary are fighting America’s obesity epidemic one activity at a time. The Eagle River elementary school was recently honored by the State of Alaska for winning the 2012 Healthy Futures Challenge, a state-sponsored program designed to get kids moving.
The homestead at the top of Skyline, much beloved by locals for its beautiful views and intriguing ruins, might become a subdivision in a few years. The property’s handful of owners is ready to sell, and if the state won’t buy it for public use, it’ll likely go to a private developer and get turned into a suite of hilltop mansions.
Kyle Hansen, 25, was arrested Jan. 19 in Eagle River.
At the top of the road that begins as Skyline Drive in Eagle River is a place almost every local knows. It’s where couples go to drink in the view. It’s where hikers, snowboarders, skiers and scouts gain access to the popular Mount Baldy, bypassing the private property gate that gives almost no one pause. And, it’s where many have gone to explore the mysterious ruins that lie scattered at the end of the property’s narrow old road, where it curves around an artesian-fed pond.
Chugiak Café is entirely a family-run business. Eagle River’s Tom and Michelle Kimball own the recently opened coffee and boutique shop and their two-person staff is made up of their kids, Jackie and Andrew.
A soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been charged with the Christmas death of Private 1st Class Grant Wise.
An influx of new retailers and a housing boom will be remaking the face of downtown Eagle River in 2013. Most national chains venturing into Alaska open a store in Anchorage and then skip right over Eagle River en route to the Mat-Su. This year, Walgreens and AutoZone bucked that trend to open new locations on the Old Glenn Highway.
You can’t have a Bear Paw Festival without a theme, and this year’s is sure to bring out the inner cowboy and cowgirl in local fans of the annual community hoedown.