The votes are in. Now what?

Tuesday night’s primary elections narrowed the field for November’s general election, where Chugiak-Eagle River Republicans appear to have strong financial and electoral factors in their favor over Democratic nominees. In all four area races, the Republican nominees will enter the race with a substantial lead over their opponents — a factor that proved decisive in the primaries.

With all area precincts reporting, it looks like Chugiak-Eagle River voters will be sending a quartet of Republican women through to the general election.

In Senate District G, Lora Reinbold picked up a convincing win over Dan Saddler, while District 13 House candidate and former legislator Nancy Dahlstrom won her three-way race and Kelly Merrick won hers in District 14. Reinbold, Merrick and Dahlstrom will join incumbent Cathy Tilton — who ran unoposed in the District 12 Republican primary — on the party’s ticket in November.

The Chugiak Soccer Club claimed a pair of state championships Aug. 2-5 in Fairbanks.

The CSC boys 06 Eagles won for the second straight year, while the CSC 05 Thunder also claimed a crown.

The Eagles were led by Lynn Swanson and the Thunder were coached by Steve Day.

A total of five Chugiack Soccer Club teams entered the state tournament, according to Franklin Lawson of the Soutchcentral Soccer Alliance Alaska.

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Three new administrators are starting work at two local high schools this fall.

Eagle River High has a new head principal in Tim Helvey, who is moving from an assistant principal role at Chugiak High. Helvey is replacing Marty Lang, who spent seven years as principal at ERHS.

Helvey’s hiring was announced in June.

A paratrooper with the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) was hurt during an exercise Aug. 16 on the base.

A spokesman for U.S. Army Alaska said the paratrooper — who was not identified — suffered “serious, but not life-threatening” injuries.

“The paratrooper received immediate medical attention and was transported to Providence for further treatment,” wrote USARAK spokesman John Pennell.

A pair of local runners nabbed podium finishes Saturday on a big day for Chugiak-Eagle River atheltes at the Tsalteshi Invitational cross-country meet in Soldotna.

Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch and Eagle River’s Emily Walsh came up just short of victory, with Walsh eight seconds behind South’s Ava Earl and Bausch losing a sprint to Dimond’s Santiago Prosser.

Chugiak’s Izzy Powers made a splash in her 2018 high school swimming debut, winning a pair of individual races at the season-opening CIC Big 8 meet at Bartlett High on Saturday.

Powers won the girls’ 50- and 200-yard freestyle races to lead the Chugiak girls, who also got a victory by Addison Morgan in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The meet included all eight schools from the Cook Inlet Conference. No team scores were kept, but Dimond won nine of the 18 individual races and five of the six relay races.

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Chugiak’s football team suffered a crushing 39-36 overtime loss Saturday to Service in a game first-year head coach Ryan Landers said was encouraging despite its heartbreaking ending.

“We did a lot of good things tonight,” said Landers, who fell to 0-2 in his first season leading his alma mater.

Warm-ups are over.

After their second straight rout of a Division III opponent, the Eagle River Wolves football team will face their first major hurdle of the season Saturday, Aug. 25 when Northern Lights Conference foe Kodiak visits town for homecoming at the Wolves’ Den in Eagle River.

“This was just a step along the way,” said Eagle River head coach Bob Adkins after his team thrashed defending Alaska Division III champion Barrow 50-3 in a nonconference clash Saturday afternoon in Eagle River.

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The decision by Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, to step down from the Senate triggered a chain reaction that’s led to some of the more contested battles of the summer.

When MacKinnon decided not to run for re-election in District G, Republican state House members Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River, and Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, both decided to try to step up.

It’s been an acrimonious race. The duo has clashed throughout the campaign season, with attacks lobbed in campaign ads and public events.

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Anchorage police said they arrested a 34-year-old man after he was caught trying to sell a firearm stolen from an Eagle River home the week before.

On Aug. 7 at around 8 a.m., police were called to a residence on David Avenue for a report of a burglary. There, homeowners reported that while they were away, someone tampered with an exterior fuse box before prying open a window to get into the home. Police said two vehicles were stolen, along with several other items.

Kody Trombley and Jonathan Cannamore are doing more than just returning to Alaska to become teachers.

They’re getting the band back together.

“Every day I wake up happy,” said Trombley, the new band director at Chugiak High School.

Trombley and Cannamore are both products of the Chugiak-Eagle River music scene, having attended Mirror Lake Middle School together before splitting up for high school. Cannamore graduated from Eagle River High School in 2012, the same year Trombley graduated from Chugiak.

Though he’s the one getting the recognition, Kirk Alkire is clear about who he works for.

“This whole thing is not about me,” said Alkire, who led an effort to name a peak in the Chugach Mountains “Gold Star Peak” in recognition of families who have lost loved ones in the military.

An Army veteran who served two tours of active duty and lost several close friends in combat, Alkire said his mission from the start has been to help honor those who have given their hearts and lives in the name of service.

Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors members continue to dig into the idea of bringing off-leash dog parks to the area.

The board has been talking about the proposal since February 2017, and on Monday spent much of its meeting trying to decide how to proceed. But while there has been much debate, the issue is still unsettled — and board members will soon need to make a decision.

Several readers have wanted to know how to collect seeds and when is the best time to do so. Over the years friends have given me seed, and it was not until a couple of years ago that I became interested in collecting seed and using this seed in my garden. Well worth the effort, seed collecting is one of my favorite pastimes in the fall. Here are some suggestions to consider when wanting to collect seed yourself for further use in your garden.

The taps can keep flowing at Arctic Valley.

On Tuesday, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted 4-1 to renew the ski area’s beer and wine license during the board’s meeting in Denali Park.

“We got exactly what we hoped for,” Arctic Valley general manager John Robinson-Wilson said Wednesday.

The decision went against a recommendation made by Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office staff to not renew the license based on her determination Arctic Valley didn’t fit the criteria for a “recreational permit.”

Filling holes is part of what the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department does.

But not holes this big.

“We found we are negative in our operating (budget),” parks manager Karen Richards told the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors on Monday.

How negative? Richards and Anchorage Parks and Recreation Director John Rodda told the board the department’s budget shortfall for 2018 is nearly half a million dollars.

“It’s drastic,” Richards said.


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