The 27th Alaska State Legislature honored Eklutna, Inc. for 40 years of service to the state, the community and its shareholders.
State Reps. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak) and Dan Saddler (R-Eagle River) presented a citation to Eklutna’s board of directors at its meeting June 19.
The citation congratulated Eklutna, Inc. for “its commitment to improving the lives of shareholders by working to preserve their culture and history while providing economic opportunity and security for the future.”
After seeing a five-run lead disappear in the top of the seventh, Eagle River remained composed and scored a run in the bottom of the inning to earn a 6-5 win over rival Chugiak Post 33 in a seven-inning American Legion game Monday, July 2 at Loretta French Park.
Greg Long smacked the game-winning hit over the Chugiak third baseman’s head to score Kyle Frost.
With the win, Eagle River improved to 7-9 overall while Chugiak fell to 7-8 overall.
After six scoreless innings, Chugiak rallied in the seventh.
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.