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There will be kilts, cabers and bagpipes aplenty this weekend when Eagle River hosts the Alaska Scottish Highland Games on Saturday, June 30 at Lions Park.

Eighth-year Highland Games chair Chris Anderson is hoping to improve upon last year’s attendance of 4,500 people. Should Mother Nature cooperate, Anderson’s optimistic more than 5,000 will take part in the 31st annual Scottish celebration.

“We’re just hoping for good weather,” she said.

Turnout isn’t the only aspect of the event on the rise.

Matanuska Electric Association, Inc. broke ground at the site of its new natural gas power plant in Eklutna on Tuesday, June 26.

Construction of the 171-megawatt Eklutna Generation Station is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a press release. That year is when the utility’s contract with Chugach Electric Association to provide power expires.

Is taxi service lacking in Chugiak-Eagle River?

The Anchorage Transportation Commission wants to know.

The Commission voted Monday, June 25 to hold a public hearing on the issue after Megan Patrick, president of dispatch company AK-eCab, LLC, 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.

No date was set, and Anchorage Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander, of Chugiak, said she plans to request the hearing be held in Eagle River.

It’s time to celebrate!

Chugiak-Eagle River’s annual midsummer bash begins Tuesday, July 3 with one of the community’s largest events, the annual Eagle River Lions July 3 Celebration and fireworks show. The next day, the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade – this year marks its 42nd running – will follow the exact route the original one did, beginning at Latimer Hall and winding to the old elementary school through the heart of downtown Chugiak.

“The patriotic spirit should be alive and well,” said Eagle River Lions president Finis Shelden, one of the parade organizers.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks notched their first home win after defeating the Peninsula Oilers 12-10 on Friday, June 22 at Loretta French Park. 

The Chinooks (4-2) play the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday, June 23 at Mulcahy Stadium at 10 p.m. before heading to Fairbanks for four games in three days against the Goldpanners. 

The Chinooks scored five runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-4 advantage. They increased their lead to 12-6 after six innings. 

But the Oilers fought back. 

A standoff in a quiet Eagle River neighborhood ended in tragedy Thursday afternoon when police discovered a 39-year-old man dead inside his Powder Ridge home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Eagle River is having a bear of a summer.

Already this year, two people have been attacked by brown bears in this community, while a third attack near Bird Creek involved an Eagle River man out for an early-morning hike.

“It is an unusual number,” said Dave Battle, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Debbe Ebben is all in.

Ebben, of Eagle River, earned a trip to Las Vegas on Saturday, June 16, when she won the 2012 Miss Alaska Pageant at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage.

“I’m really excited,” Ebben said on Tuesday. “This is something I’ve been hoping and praying would happen for about five years now.”

Ebben’s victory means she will represent Alaska in the Miss America Pageant, which will be held in January.

The road to Sin City was a long one for Ebben, 24, who began competing in the Miss Alaska pageant five years ago.

Need a lift? Megan Patrick is here to help.

She’s been cruising the streets of Chugiak-Eagle River in her blue Chevy Malibu for the past week, offering rides to those in need. What’s perhaps more shocking than seeing a cab serving Chugiak-Eagle River is the cost — nothing.

 

Sometimes, you’ve just got to let go.

That’s what was going through the mind of Dr. Dan Hull during this year’s Eagle River Nature Center spring auction, where the recent Alaska transplant submitted the winning bid to release a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild.

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