Matt Tunseth

Waffling about what to eat? A new restaurant in Eagle River has you covered.

Waffles and Whatnot owner Derrick Green says customers who visit his new eatery are guaranteed to leave happy — even if they don’t know what they want to eat.

“When you offer the Chef’s Special it’s very simple: If you like it, you pay for it. If you don’t like it, all we ask is that you tell us what you didn’t like it so we can fix it for next time,” he said.

It’s a guarantee that usually pays off in satisfied customers.

Eight red signs were attached to eight garage doors in a quiet cluster of duplex condominiums at the bottom of the Eagle River Valley shortly after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Nov. 30.

“UNSAFE,” read each of the eight cards, placed on the homes by Municipality of Anchorage building inspectors. “DO NOT ENTER OR OCCUPY.”

Eagle River and Chugiak high school hockey teams will enter the holiday break tied for the most wins in the Cook Inlet Conference.

The Wolves and Mustangs each have a conference-best seven wins after winning their final games of 2018 on Thursday.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library has reopened three weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake caused damage to the Eagle River Town Center Building.

The library announced the opening Friday on its Facebook page. The library is oepn from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then closed from Dec. 23-25 for the Christmas holiday. The library will reopen with its normal hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26, though regular programs will not resume until after the New Year.

The Alaska School Activities Association has granted an eligibility waiver to Chugiak High senior Robert Sheldon that will reinstate the eligibility of the player at the center of a basketball recruiting scandal at the school. Chugiak will also be fined $250 for the recruiting violation that resulted in the firing of head coach Jocquis Sconiers on Thursday.

Gretchen Wehmhoff vowed Friday that her allegiance will be to the people of Chugiak-Eagle River and not partisan politics during her brief term on the Anchorage Assembly.

“There’s these concerns I have with this community that have nothing to do with politics but everything with being a part of the community,” said Wehmhoff, who was selected Thursday to fill the seat vacated last month when Amy Demboski resigned last month to become deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Chugiak High School head boys basketball coach Jocquis Sconiers was fired Thursday, one day after a news story broke detailing a recruiting violation and subsequent cover-up attempt.

“Chugiak High School has released their basketball coach today and will be appointing an interim coach for the rest of the season,” ASD spokeswoman Catherine Esary said Thursday afternoon.

Last month’s earthquake may be a distant memory for some, but in Chugiak-Eagle River the after-effects from the magnitude 7.0 quake continue to reverberate.

About 200 people attended a public meeting on quake relief efforts with municipal, state and federal officials Wednesday night at Alpenglow Elementary. Many in the crowd asked when and if more resources will be available to help repair homes and businesses in the hard-hit Eagle River Valley, where some of the most significant damage took place.

The head boys basketball coach at Chugiak High School appears to have broken Alaska School Activities Association recruiting rules and then lied to school administrators and state activities officials in an attempt to cover up the violation.

A former coach and colleague said Wednesday that Chugiak High coach Jocquis Sconiers admitted to the recruiting violation and asked him to lie if asked about the situation.

“He suckered me into this story,” said Jules Ferguson, who formerly worked as a coach in the AAU summer league basketball program run by Sconiers.

As the New Year approaches, it’s becoming clear to Chugiak-Eagle River residents the ramifications from the Nov. 30 earthquake will be felt for months and years to come.

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