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Local seniors peppered U.S. Sen. Mark Begich with a variety of questions when the senator popped into the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center for a visit on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

In a 45-minute question-and-answer session, Begich touched on a number of issues important to older Americans, including the future of Medicare and Social Security, potential changes to estate taxes and the perception that Congress is “broken.”

“It is somewhat dysfunctional,” Begich said when asked about the current divisive political landscape in Washington, D.C.

Even cool temperatures and snowfall couldn’t keep families from getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life as a firefighter.

Parents and plastic-fire-helmet-clad children toured the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 31 during its open house Saturday, Oct. 13. State reps. Anna Fairclough, Bill Stoltze and Dan Saddler also toured the station on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak.

The annual event is held in October in recognition of Fire Prevention Month.

It’s time to get minds on Munching.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber’s annual Merry Merchant Munch is coming up fast, and the deadline to be included in the chamber’s “Munch Map” is coming up even faster.

Businesses who wish to participate in the event — which includes a tour of local businesses who hand out tasty treats to Munchers — need to let the chamber know they want to be on the map by Monday, Oct. 22.

“We really need to know if your business wants to participate as early as possible,” said chamber special events director Merry Braham.

One morning a few weeks ago while reading the newspaper, I was disturbed by high-pitched cries coming from outside of my house. At first I thought it was one of my neighbor’s dogs. “If it is,” I thought, “it sounds like that lynx I saw recently has gotten a hold of him.”

Got an issue with taxi service in Chugiak-Eagle River? Then speak up.

The Anchorage Transportation Commission is taking public testimony on taxi service in the Chugiak-Eagle River area during its monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 15 at Eagle River Town Center. The meeting is slated to run from 7:30 p.m. until 10.

The Commission voted to hold a public hearing at its June 25 meeting after an Anchorage woman requested permission to operate a cab in Chugiak-Eagle River for three months to collect data to see if the community can support its own taxi service.

When a kayaker found himself trapped beneath a log in the raging Eagle River last month, dozens of specialized emergency personnel sprung into action in a highly choreographed maneuver that resulted in a dramatic life-saving rescue.

Some fear this kind of operation will be made more difficult — if not impossible — if Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s plan to cut a ladder truck from Eagle River Station 11 passes the Anchorage Assembly.

“Obviously my top issue is that Station 11 truck,” said assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander.

Pucks and sticks have been joined by corner kicks at the Harry McDonald Center in Eagle River, which officially opened a new 27,000-foot addition with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 29.

“It really makes this a much more complete facility,” said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan during the ceremony, which was held in front of a large mural featuring photos of the facility’s namesake.

“That’s the kind of 1 percent for art I like,” quipped Rep. Bill Stoltze

Clutching to a paddle that he had somehow jammed into debris beneath the frigid, rushing water, pinned and unable to free himself from his submerged kayak, Steve Rossberg wondered if anyone could hear the distress calls from his police whistle. After 90 minutes in the icy water, body numb, he could feel his will to survive ebbing. Then, with his head barely above water, he thought he saw someone on shore making a cell phone call. “I’ve got to hang on,” he thought. “I’ve got to hang on.”

Just two months after arriving in Alaska from Connecticut, Amanda Shaw’s husband, Spc. Justin Shaw, left for Afghanistan with about 3,500 paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Living alone was a unique experience for Amanda, who grew up with six siblings.

“Being by myself was the hardest,” she said. “It was all new, but I made it through.”

The loneliness is over.

Anchorage Police are seeking the public's help in locating a suspect in a pair of recent Eagle River robberies.

Police said security cameras at Avalanche Frozen Yogurt caught a black adult male in a gray hoodie, light khaki pants, black shoes and a black hat entering the store at around 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. The man was also wearing a mask that partially covered his face. APD spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said the man carried weapon and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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