What is the difference between a hanging basket that looks beautiful all growing season and one that fades away with sparse, dead looking blooms? We will look carefully at this question in hopes of improving the length of time we can enjoy our baskets this summer.

Massive crowds turned out for Bear Paw over the weekend as people weary of scorching temperatures and smoky skies allowed the 2019 festival to beat out dipnetting as the hottest ticket in Southcentral Alaska.

Event organizers don’t charge admission so getting hard numbers on attendance is tricky, but the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber does have one way to estimate crowd size: trash.

A pair of hometown racers ran to unexpected victories Saturday at the Bear Paw 5K race in Eagle River.

“I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Eagle River 16-year-old Michael Earnhart, who took the overall title in 16 minutes, 54 seconds.

At least Earnhart has been atop a podium before. Women’s race winner Hannah Booher, 21, said Saturday’s victory was a complete shocker.

“It’s the first time I’ve really won anything,” said Booher, a 2015 Chugiak High grad and former teammate of Earnhart’s on the local Alaska Nordic Racing team.

Some owners of a popular parcel of recreational land near Mt. Baldy have issued a letter rescinding recreational access, while others have listed their portion of the property for sale. The moves by Wallace Mountain Brothers and Stephanie LeProwse were expected after the owners of the land adjacent to Chugach State Park said last month they were planning to either sell or develop the land after failing to find a way to transfer it to the public.

Items in the police briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping page. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly vandalised a home he previously owned.

Chugiak and Eagle River beat up on East in Alaska American Legion Baseball games over the weekend, with the Post 33 Mustangs hammering the Thunderbirds 12-0 on Saturday at Oberg Field and Eagle River handing East a 15-9 loss Sunday at Bartlett High.

Orazio Ramos drove in four runs in Eagle River’s win, with Damien Frederick driving in three. Noah Lower tripled twice and scored three runs for the Wolves, who scored seven runs in the second inning and six in the fifth.

Local racers braved smoky conditions to turn in some top performances at the annual Mount Marathon race July 4 in Seward.

Chugiak’s Annie Connelly, 21, had her best career senior race finish, placing 11th in the women’s race in 1 hour, 1 minute and 16 seconds. Connelly was the 15th woman to reach the turnaround rock but posted the sixth fastest downhill and passed four runners on the trip down. Connelly was 13th last year.

All five members of the Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation have chosen to meet in Wasilla for a special session called by Gov. Mike Dunleavy rather than joining the majority of their colleagues in Juneau.

Senators Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) and Shelley Hughes (R-Mat-Su/Chugiak) are among four Republican senators meeting in Wasilla, while Reps. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River), Sharon Jackson (R-Eagle River) and Cathy Tilton (R-Mat-Su/Chugiak) will be among 15 Republican State House members to meet in the Mat-Su.

I wanted to thank Debbie for her casual and cursory review of our Eaglexit movement (“Letter: No to Eaglexit,” Anchorage Daily News). Unfortunately, it is disappointing when conclusions such as her’s are jumped to without a civil and open discussion. We have a large presence of good people in Assembly District 2 (Eagle River, Chugiak, Birchwood, Peters Creek and Eklutna) who are very open and engaged in an active dialog regarding Eaglexit.

An Eagle River man with a lengthy history of dangerous driving convictions was arrested on the Glenn Highway after allegedly firing a flare gun at another motorist during an Independence Day “road rage” incident.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Joshua Haggerty, 36, allegedly tried to run several vehicles off the road while driving north on the highway from Eagle River. According to troopers, at one point Haggerty “produced a flare gun and shot it at another motorist, striking the vehicle.”

Dependable, beautiful plants, Hostas (Plantation Lily) are noted for their lush foliage and low maintenance in the garden. Touted as a shade perennial, Hostas grown in Southcentral Alaska can be a shade or partly sunny perennial.

Historically, Hostas are believed to have originated in the shady forests of China. They made their way to Europe in the 1830s and made their way to America several years later. There are thousands of cultivars of varying sizes, shapes and colors.

Chugiak’s bid to reach the finals of the BP Invitational American Legion Baseball tournament came up agonizingly short against the eventual tournament champions Saturday, June 29 at a smoky Mulcahy Stadium.

The Post 33 Mustangs lost 1-0 on a walk-off RBI single by Dakota Benner of the Napoleon (Ohio) River Bandits, who blasted Auburn (Rhode Island) 12-1 in the championship game Saturday to win their third tournament title.

James Howery won the inaugural Mid Summer Masher mountain bike race at the Chugach Mountain Bike Riders trails at Mirror Lake on Sunday.

Howery claimed victory in the Expert Men class race, turning the fastest laps on three of the race’s four laps. Each lap around the course covered four miles and included 571 feet of climbing and 575 feet of descent. Howery completed his four laps in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 20.8 seconds to beat James Stull by more than three minutes. Brad Manderfeld was third.

Lee Jordan Field wasn’t particularly friendly to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, which went just 2-6 during an eight-game homestand that ended with four straight losses June 25-30.

Chugiak-Eagle River fell to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 9-0 on June 25, then dropped three in a row to the Anchorage Bucs on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday in Chugiak.

The Chinooks pounded 12 hits in their 17-12 loss to the Bucs Thursday, with Joe Brazil collecting three base hits and Mason Corbett, Dylan Gardner, Jess Davis and Ethan English picking up two each.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

A rash of overnight backyard break-ins was reported June 27 on Copper Mountain Drive in downtown Eagle River.

Jim Lanier is just getting warmed up.

The 78-year-old Chugiak musher will attempt to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in his sixth different decade after entering the 2020 running of “The Last Great Race” on the first day of sign-ups Saturday in Wasilla.

A total of 40 mushers signed up in time for the annual summertime barbecue at race headquarters off Knik-Goose Bay Road. Among those joining Lanier in the race on Day 1 were reigning champion Peter Kaiser and past champions Martin Buser, Lance Mackey and Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

Umbrellas lined the Old Glenn Highway for the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade Thursday, but the only thing raining from the sky was candy.

Record temperatures greeted paradegoers for the 49th annual event, which ran from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Latimer Station to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the Anchorage area reached 89 degrees on Thursday, the highest ever recorded since record-keeping began in 1952. The previous high temperature for the city was 85 degrees set in 1969.

The 2019 Chugiak Fourth of July Parade will begin at 2 p.m., at the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Latimer Station on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak. The parade will run to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The Old Glenn will be closed along the parade route from approximately 1 to 3 p.m.

EAGLE RIVER — It’s official: there will be no fireworks here on the Fourth.

As anticipated, the Municipality of Anchorage cancelled fireworks shows in Anchorage and Eagle River due to extreme fire danger brought on by persistent hot, dry weather in the area. Officials said last week the cancellations were likey after the Alaska State Fire Marshal issued a ban on fireworks statewide.

An increasingly popular way to access the backside of Mount Baldy is now closed to the public.

Recreational access passes at the private Wallace Brothers Mountain Subdivision expired July 1, and no further passes will be issued, according to the property owners. The decision means the area to the north of the main Mt. Baldy parking area is now technically off-limits to hikers. The closure does not impact the main Mt. Baldy trail, but anyone hoping to use the gently sloping gravel access road just to hiker’s left of the main trail is out of luck.

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