A little snow — ok, a lot of snow — couldn’t slow down local track and field athletes Wednesday at the first outdoor meet of the season.
Chugiak and Eagle River joined Dimond and West for the afternoon quad meet at Dimond Alumni Field. When the snow finally settled, several locals had first-places finishes to show for their chilly efforts.
Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan used to refer to Chugiak-Eagle River as “the breakaway republic,” and for decades residents of the northern reaches of the municipality have seen their dreams of independence remain unfulfilled.
“We have put together a group of people who are seriously contemplating a detachment of Assembly District 2,” said Michael Tavoliero, chair of the newly formed nonprofit whose name is a nod to the “Brexit” movement to separate Great Britain from the European Union.
A proposal that would lock up 1,380 acres of municipal parkland from future development in exchange for cash is one step closer to reality after the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department agreed to a memorandum of understanding with an Oklahoma nonprofit funded by the U.S. Army.
No team traveled more miles to get to this year’s Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U National Championships in Plano, Texas than the Anchorage North Stars. They didn’t go all that way to lose.
Anchorage’s Hayden Fox slapped the puck into a wide-open net with just 51 seconds left to ice the team’s 4-3 win Monday over the McKinney (Texas) North Stars. The play was set up by Eagle River’s Tucker Lien, who took a breakout pass in the neutral zone and skated along the left side deep into the offensive end before slipping a pass to Fox just as the defense closed in.
Supporting a loved one dealing with mental health issues can be lonely labor. But it doesn’t have to be.
“That’s a huge thing to realize you’re not alone,” said Kathy Burek Huntington, an Eagle River woman who helps facilitate a National Alliance of Mental Illness family support group that meets twice a month at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River.
Huntington said the purpose of the support group is for people to share their stories, discuss treatments and support methods and simply commune with other people experiencing similar circumstances.
There’s about to be a Kennedy on the Anchorage Assembly.
With the early votes counted following Tuesday’s by mail election deadline, Eagle River’s Crystal Kennedy held a commanding lead over Oliver Schiess in the two-way race to replace Gretchen Wehmhoff on the Assembly. With 6,802 votes cast as of Tuesday night, Kennedy had 3,666 (53.9 percent) votes while Schiess garnered 2,686 (39.5 percent).
Kennedy, 61, said she felt her campaign connected well with voters in Chugiak-Eagle River, where she’s lived for the past 25 years.
The 2019 municipal election is ongoing through April 2 and is being conducted through the mail. Voters should have received a Vote by Mail packet in the mail shortly after the ballots were sent out in early March.