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