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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.