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This week’s Greater Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week is located at the home of Robert and Amnuay Wrentmore on 10931 Kaskanak Drive. The business Garden of the Week is the Eagle River Brown Jug. To submit a garden for consideration, email [email protected]

The key to a healthy garden is rich, fertile soil. Establishing a good source of compost and adding this to your garden nourishes both the garden plants and the creatures that live in healthy soil. Applying compost to your soil can help stabilize the pH at the level most plants prefer.

When you make your own compost, you are doing what nature is doing all the time naturally around us — only faster. The soil-dwelling microbes are doing the work of decomposing. This slow process by the microbes releases nutrients at a rate that plants can use them.

A gnarly battle over a small ski area’s liquor license isn’t over yet.

In June, the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office was supposed to review a recreational site alcohol license for the Arctic Valley Ski Area’s Alpenglow Lodge. However, due to a high number of items on the board’s agenda, the issue was moved to the board’s August meeting in the Interior.

Anchorge police responded to a report of a gun-related road rage incident Sunday on the Glenn Highway.

According to APD, at around 8:34 p.m., a woman told police that a man in a red Chevy S10 pickup waved a handgun at her and her boyfriend while they were in traffic on the busy highway between Anchorage and Eagle River.

A new treatment center designed to treat substance abuse and mental illness patients will hold a ribbon-cutting and open house ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 2 in Eklutna.

A popular trailhead in Eagle River that leads hikers to Eagle and Symphony lakes was reopened on Friday, just over a month after a brown bear sow in the area killed one man and injured another.

Chugach State Park announced the reopening of the South Fork Eagle River trail in a Facebook post on Friday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still searching for a dangerous bear in the area, the post said, “please consider choosing an alternate venue for your hike.”

Alaska’s peonies have become a desired crop to sell to the Lower 48 for the wedding season because our peonies bloom at 1-2 months later and are perfect for June and July weddings for which they are highly desired. This year, our cool June has slowed the peony crops development. Peonies are picked in the mature bud stage, can be refrigerated for up to two months and will bloom when taken out and placed in water and last for approximately 7-10 days. Peonies have surpassed the rose in popularity for weddings.

The Anchorage Police Department is looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run that happened last week at the intersection of Farm Avenue and the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River.

There are four candidates running for the Alaska State House seat from District 14: Republicans Jamie Allard, Eugene Harnett and Kelly Merrick, along with nonpartisan candidate Joe Hackenmueller, who is running in the Democratic primary. The candidates are hoping to replace Rep. Lora Reinbold, who is running in the Republican primary for the State Senate District G seat.

This Greater Eagle River Garden Club selection for Garden of the Week for July 26-Aug. 2 is located at the home of Toni Kruger on Santa Maria Drive in Eagle River. The business Garden of the Week is Walmart. To submit suggestions for a local Garden of the Week, email Chris Wood at [email protected]

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