Kirsten Swann

The plan was to meet up in California for a girls’ getaway near the end of April.

Lindsey Collins said she looked forward to seeing Alaskan friends who were close enough to be sisters. One of them had recently split from her husband, and Collins wanted to be there for her. They called the April vacation the New Beginning Trip.

An Eagle River 12-year-old is the latest inductee into the Odor-Eaters’ Hall of Fumes.

Connor Slocombe claimed first prize in the company’s national 2017 Rotten Sneaker Contest, outstinking a half-dozen other elementary school students at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square on Tuesday, according to statement sent on behalf of the New York tourist attraction.

Although public concern over crime rates remains high, police had some good news to share with local residents who attended a town hall meeting on public safety last week.

From Jan. 1 through the third week of March, the number of burglary reports dropped by nearly a third compared to 2016, according to Anchorage Police Department Lt. Jack Carson, who said area theft reports held steady and calls for service decreased.

“Overall, calls were significantly down,” Carson said at a March 23 town hall meeting.

The Alaska Middle College School (AMCS) is shifting school districts but staying in Eagle River, preparing to open its doors to students from local high schools this fall.

Three young Chugiak-Eagle River musicians will take the stage at the Sydney Laurence Theatre Saturday night, guest soloists performing with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra.

Winners of the orchestra’s most recent concerto competition, the high school musicians are part of a quartet playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor – a popular selection the young violinists catapulted to a new level of performance.

“I don’t think it’s ever been done by kids that age here in Anchorage before,” said orchestra director Philip Munger, a prolific Alaskan composer and maestro.

When spring comes to Alaska, strange birds take to the skies above Eagle River.

They float down from Mount Baldy and glide over rooftops, trees and traffic, spinning slow circles over the Old Glenn Highway. Invisible currents send them soaring upwards, but gravity pulls them back down. Eventually, they come to rest at landing zones around Fire Lake, colorful cloth canopies splayed across the snow.

Though she’s one of the best female rugby players in the world, Alev Kelter always comes home to Eagle River.

“I try to not stay away more than three or four months,” she said by phone Sunday, heading back to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport after a whirlwind weekend spent filming in her hometown with World Rugby TV.

A new mill levy rate recently approved by local road supervisors means Chugiak-Eagle River homeowners will see a slight change to their next property tax bill – a bump of approximately $21 for a $300,000 home, according to municipal officials.

The increased rate of 1.9 mills comes in response to vanishing state maintenance funds and a 2016 administrative error that set an artificially low mill levy rate last year, prompting the Municipality of Anchorage to dip into a reserve account to pay for road services.

Eagle River’s Powder Ridge neighborhood is about to expand, with local developers looking to build on a wooded 5.97-acre lot situated between the Glenn Highway and Konrad Drive.

Residents of the 144-home subdivision heard about the tentative plans during a March 9 Eagle River Community Council meeting.

“The idea is to keep new construction in Powder Ridge,” said Andre Spinelli, vice president of design and development at Spinell Homes.

For months, Chugiak-Eagle River residents have taken to community council meetings and legislative town halls and neighborhood watch Facebook pages to voice concerns about property crime and theft.

This week, locals will have a chance to bring those issues directly to the Anchorage Police Department.

Police officers plan to meet area residents at two public events in Chugiak-Eagle River. Following a Wednesday “Coffee With a Cop” at Jitters, the department will host a Thursday town hall meeting at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.