The Eklutna River Bridge remains open with weight restrictions.
On Monday, Dec. 5, Municipal Manager George Vakalis’ office said he was still assessing the situation and that Vakalis would have an update on the bridge’s potential closure as early as today (Dec. 8) or Friday, Dec. 9.
Municipal Traffic Engineer Stephanie Mormilo and Public Works Director Ron Thompson are working with Vakalis on the issue.
A “Pineapple Express” weather system that pushed warm, windy conditions into the Anchorage area last week played havoc on local roads, electrical grids and school activities.
Temperatures well above freezing and rain made streets across the area slick and hazardous, leading to more than 120 motor vehicle accidents over the weekend, according to Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.
Parker said 22 accidents involved injuries, though none were life-threatening.
“It was mainly just bumps and bruises,” Parker said.
At a busy Anchorage intersection, vehicles roll to a stop as their traffic light turns red. But one, a pickup truck, decides to push his luck, speeding through the amber light. Midway through the intersection, it looks like it’s going to make it. Suddenly, another vehicle — the driver seems to have timed the green light perfectly — enters the intersection at a high rate of speed.
What was a normal winter afternoon turns into a very bad day for the occupants of five or six vehicles, as the collision sends automobiles flying and skidding in all directions.
After putting together a record-breaking season as a freshman for the Duke University women’s soccer team, Cobb came up one game short of her ultimate goal when the Blue Devils fell 1-0 to Stanford in the NCAA Division I national title game on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Kennesaw, Ga. Stanford finished the season undefeated. It was the first national title for the Cardinal women's soccer program.
Chugiak High graduates Alison Oien and Kendra Bulawa helped the Colorado School of Mines girls soccer team to one of its most successful seasons in school history as the Orediggers reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, losing there in a shootout to top-ranked Grand Valley State.
The team finished 17-3-3 on the season and claimed its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship with a 2-0 win over Colorado Mesa on Nov. 6. Oien supplied the game-winner in that one, picking up her first goal of the season with a strike 20 minutes into the match.
Chugiak High School will host a faculty talent show, “Teachers Got Talent” on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Steve Primis Auditorium. Cost is $5, and there will be door prizes. Acts range from reader’s theater, solo and group musical (vocal and instrumental) performances, and comedy routines, with a surprise or two thrown in as well. Half of the profit will be given to the Make-A-Wish program and the other half to CHS student body.
It was a Friday afternoon, and a pair of teenagers sat nearly motionless — their hands deftly manipulating a set of controls, their eyes locked on video screens in front of them — as they earned extra credit.
Rather than wasting their afternoon on some imaginary video game quest or first-person shooter, the teens were getting a first-hand look at what it might be like to work behind the controls of a piece of real-world heavy machinery, courtesy of equipment simulators provided by the King Career Center in Anchorage.
The lifelong Alaskan was going to work at an Anchorage post office for a year before attending college. On Friday, Dec. 2, Hightower’s nearly four-decade career as a U.S. Postal Service employee will come to an end.
Hightower — who was born and raised in Eagle River — has spent 34 of her nearly 37 years at her hometown post office. Hightower said she was the sixth clerk hired at the first Eagle River post office.
Hightower is just one of two current employees who worked at the original Eagle River location.