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The 2012 Bear Paw Festival runs today (Thursday, July 12) through Sunday, July 15 in Chugiak-Eagle River.

“The focus of this is to have fun and focus on community,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susie Gorski.

Gorski said this year’s theme “It’s a Jungle Out There” should make for plenty of humorous floats in the parade, which starts Saturday at 11 a.m.

“It’s kind of a play on words,” she said. “It’s a jungle out there in more ways than one.”

The wreckage of a military plane found this month on Colony Glacier is that of an Air Force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, military officials said Wednesday.

Army Capt. Jamie Dobson said evidence found at the crash site correlates with the missing C-124A Globemaster, but the military is not eliminating other possibilities because much investigation still needs to be done.

Processing DNA samples from relatives of those on board the plane could take up to six years, Dobson said.

After 16 months since being introduced, Anchorage Planning Department staff will finally share comments on a Chugiak-Eagle River-specific chapter to the municipal land use code rewrite.

Chapter 10, as well as final revisions to the rest of Title 21, will be discussed at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday, July 9 in the Assembly chambers at Loussac Library at 6:30 p.m.

It will serve as the second public hearing on Chapter 10. The first was held in Eagle River in late July 2011.

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.”

It was a great honor, CEO Curtis McQueen said.

Eklutna, Inc. is hoping to move into its new headquarters in Eagle River in the next two years.

“We’re getting it prepped,” CEO Curtis McQueen said of the 10-acre parcel located across the Old Glenn Highway from Fred Meyer. “We’re excited.”

Currently, contractor Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc. are clearing gravel at the “Eklutna Plaza” site. The project started June 1 and should be completed by mid-August, McQueen said.

The high-quality gravel being cleared will also be used for the building pad.

Sunny skies likely drew a record crowd to this year’s Alaska Scottish Highland Games.

“This is probably eight thousand people today,” said Games chair Chris Anderson on Saturday, June 30.

By 2 p.m. — fully eight hours before the final bagpipes sounded — Anderson said the 31st annual event had already run out of its allotment of 6,500 wrist bands.

“This is definitely one of the largest crowds that we have ever seen,” she said.


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.

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.