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A vacant, wooded lot at the corner of Fire House Lane and Eagle River Road may soon be going to the dogs — literally.

“It just seemed like it would be ideal for a dog park,” said Brian Fay, chair of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors.

In an ongoing quest to end maintenance and liability concerns along Aurora Borealis Road, local road supervisors are floating a new option – replacing a central slice of the route with two cul de sacs and a private driveway.

Recent community development has turned a spotlight on the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department: Is the all-volunteer force growing quickly enough to handle the needs of the burgeoning area it serves?

The topic came up during recent community discussions about future housing projects and again during a review of a proposed new substance abuse recovery center off Eklutna Lake Road.

In an ongoing push to modernize local water systems and prepare for future growth, the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility is moving forward with several infrastructure projects throughout the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

The projects range from water pressure upgrades to new reservoirs. Some are slated for construction this year; others are still in the early stages, according to municipal officials and public documents.

One project – a North Eagle River reservoir – is inadvertently linked to controversial plans for a high-density housing development at Carol Creek.

Emergency crews and bystanders escaped injury when a vehicle plowed into a Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department engine on the Glenn Highway Sunday morning.

Chief Clifton Dalton said the incident happened in the inbound lanes of the Glenn near the North Eagle River exit at around 10:25 a.m. The engine was on the scene of a separate vehicle accident and had parked in the righthand lane. Dalton said a man driving a red Suburban struck the engine from behind.

“He hit it pretty hard,” Dalton said.

Snow began falling in the Eagle River area Friday afternoon, leaving numerous vehicles stranded in ditches between Eagle River and Anchorage by Friday night.

At least a dozen cars and trucks were spotted in distress during a drive of the highway around 9 p.m., including several with their lights still on and a van this reporter witnessed sliding sideways into the center median near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Several vehicles were on their sides or roofs, with others buried up to their axles in the snow.

Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) will host a community meeting on criminal justice reform on Saturday, Feb. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The meeting will immediately preced a town hall meeting featuring Sen. MacKinnon and the other four members of the Legislature who make up the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation. That meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and will also be in the senior center’s dining hall.

With a unanimous vote Feb. 14, the Anchorage Assembly approved a yearlong extention to the management contract for Eagle River’s Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center.

The Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation will be on hand for a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the center, which is located at 22424 N. Birchwood Loop in Chugiak.

Scheduled to attend are Sens. Anna MacKinnon and Shelley Hughes, as well as Reps. Dan Saddler, Lora Reinbold and Cathy Tilton.

Sen. MacKinnon has also planned a meeting on criminal justice reform at noon, also at the senior center. 

Students at Eagle River High will be growing up fast this weekend. Maybe too fast.

The school will host a “Get REAL” Financial Reality Fair simulation designed to show them how finance works in the real world. Presented by the Financial Reality Foundation in conjunction with Denali Federal Credit Union, the fair puts students to the test by giving them a career, having them spend money and making their own personal budgets.

When students get into the “real” world of the seminar, it can be an eye-opener.