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A public meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 at Mirror Lake Middle School to discuss the potential closure of the deteriorating Eklutna River Bridge.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m., according to Public Works Director Ron Thompson.

Thompson said he and most of the Public Works, Traffic and Street Maintenance departments, along with Municipal Manager George Vakalis and the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board (CBERRRSA) will all be present.

For nearly two months, Alexa Heald has been practicing for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

Even the night of Eagle River High’s competition Feb. 2, Heald repeatedly recited one of her poems during a seven-minute intermission. Tucked away in a corner of Eagle River’s library facing the wall, the sophomore rehearsed Dorothy Parker’s “Love Song.”

Her hard work paid off.

Chugiak senior Garrett Morrison easily handled Kodiak's Charlie Johnson in the finals of the 182 pound weight class at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Wrestling Championships to earn his first state wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Bartlett High.

"It feels great," Morrison said after defeating Johnson for the second time this season.

Alaska’s first landfill gas power plant is slated to fire up this year near Eagle River.

No other landfill plant in North America — maybe the world — currently operates this far north.

But despite the Anchorage Regional Landfill’s location at the end of the chilly Eagle River Valley, the temperature at the trash pile’s core tops out at 100 degrees Fahrenheit all year.

The Alaska filming of the upcoming Hollywood film “Big Miracle” included $7.7 million in spending on goods and services with 80 different businesses throughout the state, according to Bob Crockett and Deborah Schildt, who want to see Alaska continue to benefit from film industry revenue.

Crockett, the general manager of Anchorage-based production company Piksik LLC, and Schildt, Piksik’s production manager, addressed the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 18 to promote the extension of film production incentives in Alaska.

Chugiak captain Josh Smith scored on a breakaway 39 seconds into the second overtime period to lead the Mustangs to a dramatic 3-2 win over East in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament at the McDonald Center in Eagle River Tuesday night.

Mustangs senior goalie Joey Lindquist made 38 saves in the game, including a penalty shot midway through the second period with the T-Birds already up 2-0.

A 62-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a robbery attempt at the Eagle River Wells Fargo branch.

According to FBI special agent Eric Gonzalez, Theresa Ann Blackmore, of Wasilla, walked into the branch shortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 and handed a teller a note demanding money. When the teller did not comply, Gonzalez said Blackmore became frustrated and exited the bank. No one was harmed in the incident, and Gonzalez said he wasn't aware of any threats made by Ms. Blackmore.

As president of her school’s National Honor Society chapter, Mirror Lake Middle School eighth grader Catherine Goolsby is as sharp as they come.

“That’s the top end,” Mirror Lake career guide Colleen Hildebrandt said of the honor student.

But even one of the school’s brightest minds said middle school classrooms can be a tough place for girls to get ahead.

“Sometimes you can feel so intimidated,” Goolsby said.

Six Chugiak-Eagle River students were among 37 Alaska high school seniors nominated to U.S. service academies on Monday, Jan. 23 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

“This year’s nominees are stellar candidates who embody the leadership capabilities and strong characters we expect from our men and women in uniform,” Murkowski said in a press release. “It is a privilege to nominate such accomplished Alaskans for admission to our service academies.”

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