The sun was bright and the air warm (and devoid of mosquitoes!) April 14 as we hiked the three miles from the Eagle River Nature to Echo Bend. With relatively dry weather in early April, the trail was in good condition, with very few muddy spots.
Joining me on this outing were Eagle River’s Pete Panarese, Scott Sims and Paul Foreward. Starting later and running the trail was Sims’ friend John Kogl, who easily caught up with us before reaching Echo Bend.
Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan used to refer to Chugiak-Eagle River as “the breakaway republic,” and for decades residents of the northern reaches of the municipality have seen their dreams of independence remain unfulfilled.
“We have put together a group of people who are seriously contemplating a detachment of Assembly District 2,” said Michael Tavoliero, chair of the newly formed nonprofit whose name is a nod to the “Brexit” movement to separate Great Britain from the European Union.
A proposal that would lock up 1,380 acres of municipal parkland from future development in exchange for cash is one step closer to reality after the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department agreed to a memorandum of understanding with an Oklahoma nonprofit funded by the U.S. Army.
Trails at the Eagle River Nature Center are drying out, with clear paths now open at the center at the end of Eagle River Road. The center will transition to its summer hours starting May 1. Through April the center is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
On April 6 at around 11:36 a.m. police were called to the Eagle River Midas for a report of an altercation between two coworkers. According to police, the two men got into an argument over one of them turning off the radio.
A send-off celebration will be held for Miss Alaska USA JoEllen Walters of Eagle River on Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North Star Elementary in Anchorage.
Walters will sign autographs and answer questions from students, friends and family before for Reno, Nevada to compete in the April 29 preliminary competition. This Miss USA pageant will be televised on FOX at 8 p.m. on May 2.