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With just 14 skaters and two goalies on the roster, Eagle River’s hockey team has no room for selfish play.

“With just two lines, we can’t have people running all over the ice doing their own thing,” said head coach Kirby Senden.

Despite its small roster size, Eagle River posted a respectable 2-2 record in the season’s first week after going 2-1 at the Peninsula Ice Challenge last weekend. The Wolves opened that tourney with a 3-0 loss to Soldotna before rallying to pick up a 2-1 win over Kenai Central and a 6-1 win over North Pole.

If you think giving up meat to become either vegan or vegetarian will destroy your chances of eating out — think again. This monthly column explores the vegetarian and vegan opportunities in Eagle River and Anchorage area restaurants. It will also look at other healthy options available in area restaurants like whole grains and low fat.

Lunch at Eagle River Piccolino’s/Greek/Italian Cuisine on the Old Glenn; next to NAPA.

Alaska’s representatives in Washington, D.C., aren’t too happy with the recent announcement that 53 civilian workers at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson will be losing their jobs. And they made their concerns known to the United States Air Force.

“We are extremely concerned about workers impacted by this decision,” said a letter sent to the secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley, and the Air Force chief of staff, Norton Schwartz, by Rep. Don Young and Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski on Nov. 4.

The Eklutna Bridge is in immediate need of repair, according to an inspection conducted by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in August.

The bridge, located just past the Thunderbird Falls parking lot, will be a topic of discussion during the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board’s meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Eagle River Town Center at 7 p.m.

A little less than a year from now, Rep. Anna Fairclough could be a state senator.

Fairclough, who’s served as Eagle River’s District 17 representative in the state House since 2006, has filed to run for Senate District M. Fairclough, a Republican, is pitted against Sen. Bettye Davis, a Democrat, who’s represented District K for more than a decade.

A massive swath of land at the confluence of the Knik and Matanuska Rivers has been set aside for conservation thanks to a $1.95 million land deal signed Friday, Nov. 4 by Eklutna, Inc. Board President Michael Curry.

The deal, which was announced earlier in the week, will set aside approximately 4,800 acres of land as a conservation easement.

“It’s a glorious day for us to set that aside,” said Eklutna CEO Curtis McQueen.

The Alaska Baseball League team formerly known as the AIA Fire will be christned anew Thursday, Nov. 10 at an organizational meeting for the team at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and include discussions on committees and the team's structure. Athletes In Action, a faith-based athletic organization based in Ohio, announced last fall that it would move its ABL team to Loretta French Park for the 2012 season.

Here's the APD press release on the Nov. 1 accident:

 (Left to right) Tiger Harkless as Mr. Drysdale, Trevor Spackman as Jed Clampett, Matea Williams as Elly May, Isabelle Garcia as Granny (in rocker), Jesse Peters as Jethro and Hayden Laver as Mrs. Drysdale pose for a picture in costume during a rehersal for the upcoming stage adaptation of “The Beverly Hillibillies,” which will be presented Nov. 17, 18 and 19 at the Steve Primis Auditorium at Chugiak High. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children under 12.

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