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A new business is bubbling up in Eagle River.

Earlier this fall, contractors began groundwork at the future site of the Sudzy Salmon – a joint car and pet wash facility under construction near the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Snowmobile Lane. It will be the first new business on the lot since the old Duck Pond Car Wash was razed in April 2016.

A pack of Eagle River Wolves are taking the news into their own paws.

The newly formed school newspaper – the ERHS Howl – began publishing online this semester, with plans to expand into print later this year. In the weeks since school began, the Howl’s young journalists have covered everything from sporting events to school art projects to profiles of students and staff.

“We’ve got a pretty awesome team of students — man, they kind of hit the ground running,” said ERHS English teacher Erik Johnson, sitting on a desk in his classroom one Thursday at lunch.

Chugiak-Eagle River residents were among a crowd of people who stood up to speak out about crime and criminal justice concerns during a packed Anchorage Assembly public safety committee meeting Sept. 29.

The Chugiak Community Council reconvened Sept. 21 following a summer hiatus, drawing nearly three dozen locals to a basement room at the Elsie Oberg Community Center.

In the beginning, the room was filled with high school students, representatives from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, lawmakers and other residents. For the first hour-and-a-half, the Chugiak council meeting followed a routine agenda filled with updates on everything from public safety to local roads and legislative affairs.

On a rainy, overcast Monday morning in mid-September, two tour busloads of local high school students pulled into the Port of Anchorage to spend the day in a different kind of classroom.

A Chugiak man was arrested Tuesday evening after he allegedly stole a car from an Eagle River gym and led police on a car chase that ended in Seward.

According to Alaska State Troopers, at around 7:19 p.m., a Bureau of Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a vehicle driving 111 MPH in a 65 MPH zone near Potter Marsh on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. Instead of stopping, the Dodge Durango continued driving south for nearly 100 miles “at speeds in excess of 100 MPH,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch about the incident.

Coronado gets an upgrade

45 years ago in the Star…

After reading a newspaper article about unsafe conditions on Coronado Road, Eagle River resident Chuck Cloud took matters into his own hands, rolling out his grader to smooth ruts and fill holes along the dirt road through the heart of town.

Cloud, owner of Cloud’s Welding Service, hoped to remain anonymous at the time. The use of his name “wouldn’t add anything,” he said. But his work didn’t go unnoticed.

On Oct. 1, the care and keeping of Chugiak’s Aurora Borealis Road will return to the hands of the few residents who live there.

The decision to end municipal maintenance on the petite local side street followed more than a year’s worth of meetings and a Sept. 25 vote by the Chugiak Birchwood Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board of Supervisors. In the end, road supervisors agreed, it was an issue of risk.

Alaska’s crime rates went up significantly in 2016 in Alaska, according to statistics released Monday by the FBI.

Fall is in the air, which means the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for its most popular Halloween tradition – Beach Lake Park’s third annual Boo at the Beach.

The community event features a haunted trail, games and plenty of candy. Parks manager Karen Richards said she expects this year’s festivities to attract some 700 kids. All those trick-or-treaters require about 21,000 pieces of candy, Richards said, and the parks department is currently seeking donations.