In 2012, Birchwood residents were shocked to learn about the massive scope of of a planned Matanuska Electric Association substation expansion in their neighborhood. Public opposition forced MEA to temporarily pull the plug on the plan, and the cooperative has since taken “a big giant step back” in an effort to jump-start the undertaking.
A proposal to build an off-leash dog park on Fire House Lane appears to have gone up in flames.
The Eagle River Community Council voted Thursday, Nov. 8 to oppose the location, which has been under consideration by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors for use as a small, fenced-in dog park.
“You can describe us as ecstatic,” said Barbara Hendricksen, one of several neighborhood residents who opposed the location.
Rep. Cathy Tilton will be named to a key leadership position in the newly formed Alaska State House majority caucus.
Pending certification of Tuesday’s election, Tilton (R-Chugiak/Wasilla) will serve as the Rules Committee chair for the 21-member, all-Republican caucus, which was announced at a Wednesday press conference.
On Tuesday, Tilton easily won re-election to her seat with nearly three-quarters of all votes cast in her district.
Chugiak-Eagle River sent four Republican women to the Alaska Legislature by big margins Tuesday night.
With most precincts reporting Tuesday night, Lora Reinbold, Cathy Tilton, Nancy Dahlstrom and Kelly Merrick appeared poised to ride to Juneau aboard a tough-on-crime, fiscally conservative platform built in the image of the state’s apparent governor-elect.
Poll workers reported steady turnout on Election Day in Chugiak and Eagle River.
“It’s been very steady,” said Jane Barnes, who was working the polls at Chugiak High School in District 13.
Barnes and her fellow workers — Nancy Daugherty, Esther Hulse, Dotty Eldred and Sharon Wild — had been at the school since 7 a.m., handing out ballots and answering voters’ questions. The women had a stash of cookies and snacks to keep them hydrated, as well as a package of Oreos brought by a grateful voter.
The last person Sarah Rodden saw was the young man who tried to save her life.
“She looked at me right in the eyes,” said Matt Davis, 17, three days after his only meeting with the 42-year-old woman from Wasilla.
As calamity enveloped them, Davis and his best friend Jared Heaston, 18, calmly worked to help Rodden after she was struck by a vehicle during a Tuesday pile-up on the ice-covered Glenn Highway. Heaston held Rodden’s head and checked for a pulse while Davis performed CPR on Rodden as she lay in the snow-covered highway median.