For many years, universities have competed for talented students by promoting academic programs, affordability, athletic teams and campus life. Those elements remain a part of campus recruitment, but today smart students are increasingly making choices based on a university’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

There’s no doubt that a community that values innovation is good for our students, our community partners, and our state. At the University of Alaska, we recognize that investing in innovation and aggressively supporting applied learning is critical.

The Birchwood Community Council met on Feb. 14 to discuss issues ranging from a water transmission pipeline approved in December by the Anchorage Assembly to conversing about a potential new cemetery in Eagle River or Chugiak. Attendees also heard from several candidates for upcoming elections.


Transmission pipeline

Handily defeating the West Eagles by a 63-38 margin last Thursday night gave Chugiak coach Ryan Hales plenty of opportunity to rest his Lady Mustangs starters in the second half as the regular season heads into its final two weeks.

Led by Eva Palmer’s 20 and Chasity Horn’s 16, the Lady Mustangs outscored West 20-3 in the third quarter to blow open the game.

Chugiak (14-6, 7-3) has a solid hold on the third seed in the Cook Inlet Conference after beating Eagle River 52-5 the next night before losing to East 58-44 on Saturday.

The Eagle River High Nuclear Wolves won the State Championship at the First Tech Challenge Tournament held at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

It’s the second state title in three years for the Nuclear Wolves. Team members Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Alex Oleniczak, Ryan Sabroski, Keith Sellers, and Sebastian Tunley finished the qualifying rounds in fifth place with a 4-1 record.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited Eagle River High School students Tuesday with a question she wanted to hear answered by students.

After the recent mass shooting with 17 killed and dozens more wounded at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, what should Congress do?

“I need your help,” she told Danielle Lewis’ student government class Feb. 20. “My reality is that I go back to Washington, D.C., on Monday and there is an expectation being built that in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Florida, Congress will have the answer.”

On Monday the Binkley Company and Morris Communications announced the sale of three Alaskan publications: The Alaska Journal of Commerce, the Chugiak-Eagle River Star and The Alaskan Equipment Trader.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star are published weekly, and the Alaskan Equipment Trader is a monthly publication.

The sale is expected to close on Feb. 23. A sale price was not announced.

The Chugiak boys and girls cross country ski teams recovered from a disappointing first day at regional competition at Kincaid Park to each finish second on the day in the classic relay event.

In the overall Cook Inlet Conference totals, the Mustangs finished third for the boys and fourth for the girls, while Eagle River’s teams placed sixth and fifth respectively.

Anchorage West swept the team and individual titles over both days.

Alaska’s congressional delegation of Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young have released their service academy nominations that include several local students.

“This year’s selection of candidates was exceptional — all exhibited the characteristics that will help them to succeed as leaders in our nation’s military: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to serving their community and nation,” said Senator Sullivan.

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.

APD officers responded to a residence at around 3:44 a.m. on Feb. 9 in response to a physical disturbance between four people. It was determined that 37-year-old Stephanie Thibedeau of Eagle River had been out with two others.

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He’s not Ken Starr.

The punctilious, mild-mannered independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel in the 1990s, Starr investigated all manner of Bill Clinton scandals, most spectacularly the Monica Lewinsky affair.

The Eagle River Community Council met last Thursday to discuss voting protocol for the upcoming municipal election, capital improvement projects, reports from the Eagle River Community Patrol, and to listen to individuals running for various offices in upcoming elections.

Mail-in Ballots

This year the governor and some legislators are seeking to use Permanent Fund earnings — for the first time in history — to fund government. Before embarking down that path, Alaskans deserve to have their Permanent Fund Dividends protected, and the only way to do that now is to enshrine the PFD in the Constitution.

One of the more entertaining battles in the enduring Chugiak-Eagle River rivalry took place Saturday night as the Wolves hosted the Mustangs for an evening of boys basketball.

The teams left it all on the floor as every loose ball was contested, every inch of floor space battled for, charges and blocks were commonplace and few shots were left uncontested.

Anchorage zoning officials listened and changed course after hearing from Eagle River residents opposed to a plan that would have opened the door to a heavy-density housing development near downtown.

But there’s a ways to go to assure the green belt known as the Carol Creek Parcel, currently owned by the Municipality of Anchorage Heritage Land Bank, or HLB, won’t one day see apartment clusters or other multiplex housing, according to those who’ve been fighting it.

The South Fork Community Council was briefed on air quality issues, capital improvement projects and Eagle River crime activity at its Feb. 1 meeting at Eagle River High.

Air quality and ballot issues

Assemblywoman Amy Demboski discussed the amount of methane emissions she has noticed while passing the Anchorage Landfill. She said has smelled the methane and felt nauseous while passing the landfill on the Glenn Highway, an occurrence echoed by attendees.

A beautiful if frosty morning with a temperature of -10 degrees greeted nearly 100 fat bike enthusiasts as they wound their way through Saturday’s Icy River Rampage, a 10-mile loop at the Eagle River Nature Center this past Saturday.

Shadows and sun played across the course as the surrounding peaks blocked the late morning’s warmth from reaching Eagle River’s frozen surface during most of the race, an annual fund raiser for the center.

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 woman went to her boyfriend’s residence to collect personal items on Feb. 3. The boyfriend is currently incarcerated and there is another couple living in his home while he’s away. The victim began to crawl through the window of the home.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

2:28 a.m.: Warrant service, Birchwood Loop

2:28 a.m.: Warrant service, Birchwood Loop

3:39 a.m.: Driving without license, North Eagle River Road

9:58 a.m.: Drugs, Ashley Park Lane

2:19 p.m.: Warrant service, Hesterberg Road

3:00 p.m.: Stolen vehicle, Business Drive

5:47 p.m.: Assault, Ridd

10:24 p.m.: Traffic collision, Farm and Old Glenn Highway

Wednesday, Jan. 31

7 a.m.: Stolen vehicle, Heritage Court

11:29 a.m.: Theft/larceny, Heritage Court

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller.

That much, we know. The New York Times reported that Trump asked White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel. When McGahn resisted, Trump backed off and left Mueller in place.

Talking their clients out of bad ideas — especially impulsive clients likely to blunder into gross mistakes — is what lawyers are supposed to do.

The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Cub will be holding our annual Dollars For Our Scholars fundraiser on Feb. 24 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions clubhouse.

We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.

We will be having a taste of beer and wine provided by local vendors Odom and Midnight Sun Brewery; brisket provided by Mike’s Meats; vegetarian lasagna, cole slaw, salad along with snacks and drinks at a self yourself buffet table.


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