About once a month, a cluster of spinning wheels joins the bookshelves on the floor of the Chugiak-Eagle River Library.
The Eagle River Spinners meet near the tall front windows. For two hours, they socialize, swap tips and spin yarn, surrounded by the soft sound of whirring bobbins. They bring extra tools and plump bags of loose fiber. Some come to learn; some come to teach.
“I spin to spin,” said Jean Truscott, smooth fibers slipping between her fingertips. “This is so relaxing.”
Post office patrons aren’t the only ones taking advantage of extended hours at the Eagle River facility.
Sometime early on the morning of March 13, lobby vandals overturned wastebaskets and left mailing envelopes strewn across the floor, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and a photo posted to the Eagle River Crime Watch Facebook group. Almost two months prior, a similar incident temporarily closed the postal facility for the day after blood was found in the lobby, according to a USPS spokesman.
It’s one of the risks of running a round-the-clock facility.
Chugiak-Eagle River businesswomen are finding strength in numbers.
On the evening of International Women’s Day, a group of them gathered in a sunny Chugiak salon to network and socialize. The women work in construction, skincare and finance, for companies large and small, but they share a common affiliation – membership in Chugiak-Eagle River Women in Business (CERWIB).
A tight-knit part of the local business community, the group represents a cross-section of female entrepreneurs from around Chugiak-Eagle River.
Hoping to get a running start at St. Patrick’s Day? You’re in luck.
Now in its second year, the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Run — organized by Healthwise and Odd Man Rush Brewing — will feature free 2k and 5k runs or walks. The Friday, March 17 event begins and ends at the brewery (10930 Mausel Street in Eagle River) and runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
In more than seven months on the road, the Anchorage Police Department’s specialized DUI Unit has stopped more than 100 intoxicated drivers in Chugiak-Eagle River, according to department data.
“And that’s probably an underrepresented number,” said APD Sgt. Ryan Rockom.
When you count cases recorded as vehicle collisions or REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) calls, the number climbs higher. The stops usually cluster around the municipality’s main thoroughfares, the sergeant said.
On the sunny first Monday of Spring Break, a group of Chugiak-Eagle River elementary schoolers played touch football in the yard of the Eagle River Boys &Girls Club, shouting and shoving and lunging across the snow.
A few hours before, about 30 of them had taken a field trip to the nearby Garcia’s Cantina. Tuesday, they’d head to an Anchorage waterpark.
“We’ve got to keep them busy,” said Eagle River clubhouse manager Tracey Hupe. “If they have something to look forward to, that’s good.”
So when the Eagle River woman learned the Municipality of Anchorage planned on eliminating bus service to Chugiak-Eagle River, she sprang into action, rallying her fellow riders to lobby on behalf of the endangered Route 102.
She distributed a petition, reached out to City Hall and requested the support of her local community councils. On March 8, she stood before the Eagle River Community Council to plead her case.
A weekend gun show at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center is expected to draw dozens of vendors and crowds of attendees and volunteers, raising thousands of dollars for area seniors and veterans.
“It’s a big community thing,” said Monika Dahlberg, operations director at the community senior center.
Set to take place March 11-12, the gun show will be the center’s third. Dahlberg said the first event was held last year: When it received an “overwhelming response,” the center planned another show, then another.