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From nearly $30 million to fix Eagle River Road to $5,000 to replace the kiln at Fire Lake Elementary, the 2013 capital budget has something for almost everyone. Here’s a run-down of local projects approved for state funding:

Eagle River Road rehab MP 5.3-12.6 $29.8 million

Eklutna Bridge replacement $14 million

CVFD replacement fire house $6.15 million

Traffic mitigation, Artillery Road interchange $6 million

Tablelands drainage $3 million

CBERRSA residential pavement rehab $2.5 million

Two crumbling stretches of local infrastructure were among the biggest winners when the 27th Legislature wrapped up its regular session earlier this month in Juneau by passing a $3.3 billion capital budget that includes millions for local infrastructure improvements.

“If you notice a theme, the projects are roads, roads and more roads,” said Rep. Bill Stoltze, co-chair of the House Finance committee.

On a sunny spring evening, the Birchwood Community Patrol rolls into the parking lot of a local park, where several cars sit idling. In short order, two vehicles full of teens decide the big green pick-up is an unwelcome neighbor and high-tail it out of the parking lot.


“That’s pretty typical,” says patrol member Jeff Hartley.

There’s a party Saturday — and everyone’s invited.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (ORLC) is welcoming the entire Chugiak-Eagle River community to celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday, May 5. A potluck will be held at the church (18444 Old Glenn Highway) at 5 p.m. and a polka band will perform at 6:30.

Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said a 44-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her Hummer SUV into the gate emplacement at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's Muldoon gate in Anchorage on Monday, April 30.

Parker said driver Brenda Kay Davis was declared dead at a local hospital.

Police were called to the scene by JBER security, Parker said.

Invesigators found no skid marks leading up to the crash site, and Parker said there was no immediate indiction that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Get ready for a “Reckless” ride. 

Chugiak’s Loretta French Park is still buried beneath a foot of snow, but that hasn’t put a blanket on the enthusiasm for the historic baseball season set to play out there this summer. 


Melissa Apodaca, a 2008 Chugiak High graduate who was seeking to become a member of the U.S. Olympic team, lost twice at the U.S. Olympic Trials tournament on Sunday, April 22 in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Apodaca lost to Ashley Hudson in the first round by consecutive 5-1 and 3-1 decisions in the best-of-three format match. In the consolation round, Apodaca lost to Othello Feroleto, 3-0 and 7-1.

A former Alaska Girls state champion, Apodaca trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.