A meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board has been called to look into proposed changes to the Municipality of Anchorage’s water and sewer code.

The meeting will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 28 in the community room at the Eagle River Town Center building (12001 Business Boulevard).

Birchwood Community Council member Debbie Ossiander said the meeting will primarily deal with what the re-write could mean for Chugiak-Eagle River residents.

“There’s an ordinance coming that tightens up and increases the standards for septic systems,” she said.

Chugiak finished its Cook Inlet Conference volleyball season with a home sweep over Eagle River on Tuesday, Oct. 24 as the Mustangs honored seniors Allison Chase, Samantha Harris, Malia Mortensen, Rebekah Smith, Emily Walden and Leah Atalig.

Sophia Lestina had 12 kills and 19 digs in the 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 win, which lifted Chugiak to 4-10 at the conclusion of the regular season. Mortensen added four aces and 25 digs for Chugiak, which also got 20 assists from Chase.

We’re optimistic that our Alaska Legislature will be able to not only strengthen the course of criminal justice reform by passing SB 54, but also address our state’s fiscal crisis in the upcoming special session in Juneau. Here’s why:

Legislators and all Alaskans should be careful not to get so wrapped up in the ongoing debates over taxes, state spending and crime sprees, that we all miss the very real connection between our economy and the overall health of our state.

BOSTON, Mass. — Laura Joy Erb was the second woman to ever compete in the Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) Competition featured at the annual Valdez Airshow.

Her bravery has inspired other females across the country to compete.

Erb said STOL is the height of the Valdez airshow because flying into Alaska requires precision due to shorter runways.

Plans are well underway for the third annual “Maddy’s Run,” a fundraising race held in honor of Maddy “Strong” Brandl, an 11-year-old Eagle River girl who died of cancer in 2016.

The event — which includes a 0.7-kilometer race for small kids, a 2.5-kilometer untimed fun run and a timed 5-kilometer race — will be held Saturday, November 4 on the Eagle River High School trails. Funds raised will go to benefit two Alaska children currently undergoing treatment for childhood cancers.

Students at Homestead Elementary unleashed a hurricane of helpfulness on Thursday, Oct. 19, raising more than $3,000 for flood victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey in a walk-a-thon held at the school.

The fundraising event was organized by the school’s Student Leadership Council, which is made up of 38 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. According to teacher Kaitlin Lenoir, the students planned the entire event themselves. She said teams of “Homestead Huskies” and their families raised pledges for the event, with one team bringing in more than $1,250.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement warning of dangerous driving conditions for the Monday evening commute due to an expected snowstorm moving in from the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the statement issued at 2:30 p.m. Monday, light snow developing in the afternoon is expected to make for slick roads in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su — particularly during the evening commute. The National Weather Service said snow showers are expected to last into Wednesday.

Among Chugiak-Eagle River’s claims to fame are high densities of bears and large numbers of hockey players, so it’s probably fitting the Kenai River Brown Bears Tier II junior hockey team has tapped the area for a chunk of its roster this season.

Four local residents are on the North American Hockey League team’s roster this season, including former Chugiak High standouts William Casey and Zach Krajnik, along with former Eagle River Wolves Sutton and Cam McDonald.

For the second year in a row, Chugiak’s Derryk Snell has been named Alaska’s top offensive football player.

The senior running back was named the Alaska Football Coaches Association Alaska Division I Offensive Player of the Year over the weekend after leading the Mustangs to a 9-1 season and a second straight Railbelt Conference title.

Chugiak head coach Roger Spackman was also recognized by the state’s coaches with Coach of the Year honors. West’s Javin Iloilo was the Division I Defensive Player of the Year, while Bartlett’s Thomas Sio won Lineman of the Year.

Chugiak earned four spots on the first-team All Cook Inlet Conference team, which was released following the conclusion of the regular season.

The third-place Mustangs — who lost in the CIC semifinals to eventual champion Dimond — landed quarterback Eva Palmer, wide receiver Chasity Horn, cornerback Briana Panter and cornerback Carson Head on the first team. Running back Corey Frazier and linebacker Sierra Love made the first team for Eagle River, which finished eighth and lost in the first round of the playoffs to CIC runner-up West.

Chugiak rolled undefeated through the Railbelt Conference, so it’s no surprise the Mustangs came out with plenty of postseason football honors.

Leading the way for the Mustangs — who went 9-1 and lost in the state Division I semifinals earlier this month — was senior Derryk Snell, who earned his second consecutive RBC Offensive Player of the Year award. Snell was named a first-team running back and linebacker for the Mustangs, who earned eight spots on the first team.

How does someone reach the peak of their sport? A million push-ups doesn’t hurt.

Former Eagle River resident Ron Mohr credited his fitness regimen with helping him go from talented amateur to a recent inductee into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame.

“I found out probably in my 30s, not many bowlers were doing that sort of thing,” Mohr said in an Oct. 18 press release announcing his induction.

Izzy Powers and Cheyenne Burke won twice for the Chugiak girls, while Dalton Lodzins was a double winner for the Mustang boys as Chugiak swept West in a Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving meet Friday, Oct. 13 at West High.

Powers won the 200 yard freestyle and 100 backstroke and Burke won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly for the Chugiak girls, which earned a 106-70 win over the Eagles. Other individual winners included Lydia Ekstrom in diving and Shelby Thompson in the 500 free.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a 44-year-old Chugiak man named Joshua Evans, according to an online Nixle alert issued Thursday evening by the Anchorage Police Department.

APD released two photos of Evans and said anyone who knows where he is should call (907) 276-4441. Both APD and the FBI said on Friday they had no other information to release about Evans or why he’s wanted.

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


On Sept. 28 at around 8 p.m., police were called to the Birchwood Shooting Range for a report that a man tried to holster his gun and accidentally shot himself in the leg. The man was taken to a hospital with what police described as non life-threatening injuries.

Although the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention is being held in Anchorage, the communities just north of town will be well represented Thursday when the annual gathering of Alaska Natives begins at the Dena’ina Center.

When the opening session begins Thursday morning, representatives from the Native Village of Eklutna and Eklutna Inc., will welcome between 4,000 and 5,000 delegates on behalf of the Dena’ina people.

Native Village of Eklutna president and chairman Lee Stephan said he was having a hard time containing his excitement at the honor.

A proposed water and sewer line expansion in Chugiak continues to generate strong opposition among neighborhood residents.

The Birchwood Community Council recently passed a resolution stating its “serious concerns” about the potential expansion, which municipal and Eklutna, Inc. officials say is needed to develop a proposed subdivision in the area.

An anti-bullying program last week at Birchwood ABC Elementary was a slam-dunk.


Much to the delight of the hundreds of screaming children packed inside the school’s gymnasium, Harlem Globetrotter Julian “Zeus” McClurkin provided the high-flying lesson as part of the world-famous basketball team’s community outreach program.

A young boy died after being struck and by a vehicle at a home in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, the 18-month-old was hit when his father moved a Ford Expedition from the driveway of a home on W. Parkview Terrace into the street.

“It happened very quickly,” Thim said.

The boy’s father didn’t realize what had happened until he got out of the vehicle, Thim said.

“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” he said.

At one point during a frantic Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium, steam rising from the turf at Anchorage Football hung over the players like a fog.

Even the field was breathing heavy.

In a First National Bowl Division I semifinal thriller, Bartlett used an unstoppable running game to outlast Chugiak 75-62 and reach the state title game — ending the Mustangs’ dream of a perfect season in the process.


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