Kirsten Swann

Commander of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Operations Group, Col. Thomas Bolin calls Eagle River home.

“We like to say — as corny as it sounds — we’re your hometown Air Force,” he said, speaking to members of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at a meeting at the Eagle River Ale House May 3.

Eklutna Inc. has reached a settlement with federal and state agencies, preserving popular access points within the Knik River Public Use Area.

On display at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center Saturday, Bill Crawford’s 1960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia looked as good as the day his uncle bought it new.

The square-weave wool rugs were made in Germany, just like they were 57 years ago, Crawford said. The paint is still the original color. The brand new upholstery is just like the upholstery from the original factory. He still drives on spotless white-walled tires.

During the annual Alaska Custom Car and Cycle Show April 28-30, Eagle River was filled with history on wheels.

By Kirsten Swann

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Starting this weekend, Chugiak-Eagle River residents will find themselves on the front lines of one of Anchorage’s trashiest community events.

The annual Citywide Cleanup, which features free access to the Anchorage Regional Landfill, is set to kick off April 29, according to event organizers.

As the Anchorage Public Transportation Department prepares to slash Chugiak bus service later this year, several longtime local riders are still fighting to save it.

On April 20, riders took their appeal to the Chugiak Community Council, pleading their case to council members and a lone municipal transit planner.

“I am discouraged by the fact that you would disenfranchise all of Chugiak and Birchwood,” said Chugiak resident Jim Stouffer.

Anchorage park officials say they’re still trying to get a clear picture of the financial situation at Eagle River’s Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center.

“They indicate they might have a few discrepancies in their accounting,” said John Rodda, director of the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department.

Rodda said an internal audit of the center is ongoing.

“Their CPA has a little bit of work to do,” he said.

Emergency vehicles responding to a report of a plane crash at the Birchwood Airport Sunday instead found a glider that came to rest in a field near the airport.

According to a public Nixle statement issued at 3:55 p.m., “The glider did a ‘landout’ immediately after taking off.”

Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department assistant chief Chris Wilkins said the glider belongs to the Civil Air Patrol. Two people were aboard, Wilkins said.

“They had some sort of a problem on that initial takeoff and elected to put the airplane down in a grass field,” Wilkins said.

The trouble usually happens in the night: Prowlers slip between parked cars, thieves strike and suspicious vehicles linger in parking lots and quiet residential neighborhoods.

For months now, Eagle River residents have noticed what seems like a surge in local crime, reported via word-of-mouth and social media. Recently, Powder Ridge resident Cliff Cook decided to take action.

“I’m old-school military retired, and I’ve always been taught, when you bring a problem forward, you also bring forward a solution to fix the problem,” Cook said.

The Chugiak Community Council saw a board shake-up Thursday night, with a small group of council members taking on new leadership positions, elected by several unanimous votes.

Council members called the emergency election following the resignation of president Randy McCain last month. McCain left several vacancies, including positions with the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area board and the Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board.

For some Chugiak-Eagle River residents, spring doesn’t really start until the car show comes to town.

“It’s a lot of fun to start the year off there,” said Dennis Anderson, an Eagle River car collector and longtime show attendee.

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