Matt Tunseth

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.

Some lessons are harder to learn than others.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The ongoing debate over dog parks in Eagle River is set to resume.

After taking July’s meeting off, the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Eagle River Town Center Building.

In addition to its regular agenda items — including a regular monthly update on the McDonald Center from facility manager Reid McDonald — the board will discuss an ongoing plan to bring dog parks to municipal land in Chugiak-Eagle River.

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