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A heated winter sand storage building and drainage improvements for The Tablelands subdivision are priorities for Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander.

With recommendations from Ossiander and Assemblyman Bill Starr — each of whom represents Chugiak-Eagle River — Mayor Dan Sullivan wants to ask the state Legislature for $3 million for The Tablelands and $1.2 million for a sand storage facility in his fiscal year 2013 budget requests.

Having promoted more than 500 concerts involving more than 300 artists, Eagle River’s Mike McCormick is well known from Anchorage to Palmer.

Turns out the rest of the state knows him, too.

After receiving nominations from Fairbanks to Homer, McCormick was recently honored with a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

McCormick, owner of Whistling Swan Productions, received the business leadership award Oct. 19. McCormick said he had no clue he had been nominated.

“It was a total surprise,” he said.

A howling wind, blowing snow and freezing temperatures couldn’t knock the grin off Isaac Lammers’ face on Sunday, Oct. 30.

“It’s just great being back on snow,” said Lammers, a Chugiak High School senior who was one of a couple dozen local skiers who took part in a Nordic ski camp over the weekend put on by Alaska Nordic Racing (ANR) at Hatcher Pass.

Lammers, who skis competitively for both the Chugiak-based club and his high school team, said he’s been skiing at the popular early-winter destination since the snow started to fly two weeks ago.

Marty Lang is a brave man.

Eagle River High’s principal gave students the opportunity to dunk him in a tank of water as many times as possible in 30 minutes at the school’s annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 21. Lang estimated he was dropped 25 to 30 times, though no one was more eager to ensure the school’s top administrator was sopping wet than his son, Lang said.

The student-government facilitated event gave all Eagle River clubs an opportunity to raise funds.

Anchorage Assembly member and Title 21 committee chair Debbie Ossiander has a goal: Have the entire municipal land use code rewrite — including a Chugiak-Eagle River-specific chapter — in front of the Assembly for a vote within six months.

Before a vote, the Planning and Zoning Commission and Title 21 committee must review all chapters.

Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) wouldn’t mind seeing American military bases around the world shut down — with a catch.

“I really want the troops to come to the state of Alaska,” Young said on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the Bear Mountain Grill.

Young was speaking in response to a question about America’s large number of bases abroad, and whether he thinks some of those bases can be shuttered.

“We don’t need troops in Germany,” Young said.

A banged-up Eagle River squad finished fourth in the 20-team Service-Dimond tournament over the weekend at Dimond and Service High Schools.

“I can’t be disappointed,” said coach Katie Hulse after her team fell 2-0 to East Anchorage in the third-place match Saturday, Oct. 22. Hulse’s team roared into the Gold division bracket with a solid 5-3 record during Friday’s pool play. The Wolves then picked up 2-0 wins over Valdez and Service on Saturday before falling in back-to-back matches against Dimond and East. Dimond went on to win the Gold division title.

Dimond High’s malfunction is Chugiak’s gain.

Thanks to faulty bleachers in the Lynx home gym, Chugiak will host this year’s Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet for the first time in school history Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Glenn Blake, Anchorage School District coordinating principal for gymnastics, confirmed Sept. 9 that Dimond’s bleachers could not open up fully, and that the venue was switched to Chugiak High.

With winter ready to break down autumn’s door and establish its dominance over Alaska, Eagle River Nature Center’s Michael “Gus” Gustafson is doing all he can to prepare The Last Frontier’s youth for disaster.

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