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Sign of the times

A new “Welcome to Eagle River” sign greeted drivers entering downtown Eagle River following a dedication ceremony held Dec. 22, 2011 in Chief Alex Park.

The new sign, featuring a soaring ceramic eagle affixed to a large rock wall, was created by Larry Rushing of Signature Signs.

The new sign was paid for by donations from community members, as well as British Petroleum, which kicked in a $19,000 grant for the project.

“This will be for generations to come,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce president Pete Mulcahy.

 

Talking taxes

The Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation paid a visit to the chamber on Dec. 21, 2011.

The legislators — Reps Bill Stoltze and Anna Fairclough and Senators Charlie Huggins, Cathy Giessel and Fred Dyson — all said they hoped to work toward adjusting the state’s taxes on oil and gas producers.

“Right now, the world views Alaska as closed for business,” Giessel said.

Prior to the forum, the chamber also presented Stoltze with a special award for his work representing the community.

“I’m just glad someone besides my mom likes me,” Stoltze quipped.

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