Matt Tunseth

(Updated Thursday, June 29, 2017)

One of the last surviving Blockbuster Video locations has rented its last movie.

Workers on Wednesday, June 28 said the Eagle River location in the Carrs mall in downtown Eagle River is going out of business. Wednesday was the last day customers can rent movies. Starting at noon Thursday, everything in the store — from DVDs and Blu-Rays to posters, Pocky sticks and soda — went on sale.

“We’re selling everything,” said store manager Heather Glidden Wednesday.

Sen. Dan Sullivan took time June 19 to honor a giant of Chugiak-Eagle River with a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Sullivan recognized Lee Jordan as his “Alaskan of the Week,” singling out the local community leader for his work to support Alaska baseball through his commitment to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Alaska Baseball League team.

“He and former State Senator Bill Stoltze, a good friend of mine and another huge booster of baseball in Alaska, hatched a plan to get a team to their area as part of the Alaska Baseball League,” Sullivan said.

An Eagle River man’s quick thinking — and a can of bear spray — may have saved his friend’s life during a harrowing bear attack Saturday, June 24 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Cyclist Alex Ippoliti was riding with his friend, James Fredrick, on a road near Clunie Like on base Saturday morning when they heard some rustling in the bushes. Ippoliti said they slowed down, but weren’t overly concerned with the noises.

Three Chugiak mushers signed up for the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, June 24, the first day for entries into the annual race to Nome.

Among the 52 entrants who signed up on the first day to enter were veteran mushers Jim Lanier and Mike Suprenant, along with rookie Tom Schonberger.

Erin Johnson wasn’t just one of the good ones — she was one of the best.

“There are certain students that stand out,” said Heather Beck, Johnson’s eighth-grade English teacher at Mirror Lake Middle School in Chugiak.

Johnson was one of those students. Even as a middle-schooler, it was clear the girl with the sparkling eyes and wide grin had a unique presence, Beck said.

Glen Trombley knows his boat will get some attention this summer on the Kenai River, so he gave it a name to remember.

“It’ll be a name they won’t forget,” said the Peters Creek hunting guide, who is launching a sockeye salmon dipnetting guide service aboard a custom 28-foot aluminum pontoon boat called “The Dip Ship.”

Trombley said his daughter Alexis, who had recently returned home from college, suggested the cheeky name.

“The first thing that came out of her mouth was ‘The Dip Ship,’” he said.

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story about hiking on Mount Baldy. This week’s story talks about basics of hiking the 3,218-foot mountain near Eagle River, while next week’s will deal with access and maintenance issues facing the popular hiking area.)

Hiking Mount Baldy is a rite of passage for Chugiak-Eagle River residents. Peeking protectively over the town, the 3,218-foot mountain is everything from afternoon workout spot to weekend getaway for locals, who flock to its slopes in summer.

UPDATE (June 14, 9 p.m.): A sign has been posted in the Eagle River Campground at the head of the trail where a brown bear attack occurred today stating the trail is closed for a week due to an injured bear. “Wounded bear. Sow with cubs. Closed 1 week for patrols” reads the sign, which was attached to a large wooden sawhorse blocking the trail.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A brown bear injured three people near the Eagle River Campground Wednesday.

Authorities said two bears were were shot in Eagle River between Monday night and Tuesday morning as the ongoing conflict between bears and people in Eagle River continued to escalate.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was chatting up Chugiak-Eagle River last week as a pair of high-profile visits brought the mayor to the north end of the municipality.

On Wednesday, June 7, the mayor delivered a speech to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. The next day, he was in Chugiak to help celebrate Opening Day at Lee Jordan Field.

Despite a gloomy state fiscal picture, Berkowitz said he’s bullish on the future of the municipality.

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