30 years ago this week
A fast-growing community
MEA had installed 1,523 new electric meters in Chugiak-Eagle River in 1982, according to a front-page story in the Feb. 10, 1983 edition of the Star. The story went on to say that new home starts in the area were expected to surpass the total for the rest of the Municipality.
Estimates were that Chugiak-Eagle River had between 16,000 and 19,000 residents — which, the story pointed out, would make the community the state’s third largest.
Among other signs of growth listed in the story were a nincrease by 33 pages in the local Yellow Pages directory, a jump from two to eight computer stores and three new tanning salons where there had been zero just a year before.
Two new schools in the works
Sites for a pair of new elementary schools in the area were to be purchased as soon as the coming summer, according to Assemblyman Gerry O’Connor. O’Connor said funds were already allocated for the two new area schools, as well as another in South Anchorage. O’Connor said one of the new local schools would likely be located in the Eagle River-Eagle River Valley area, with the other located in Chugiak-Peters Creek. He added that the school district needed to act soon to combat skyrocketing land prices in the area.
“The problem is that land values are going up like crazy,” O’Connor told the Star.