For the Chugiak-Eagle River Star

As early voting has begun in this year’s municipal election, the Anchorage Assembly paved the way for mail-in voting to be the main methodology for elections beginning in 2017.

As part of a lengthy agenda Tuesday night, the Assembly voted 9 to 2 in favor of an ordinance giving marching orders for mainly mail-in elections for the future.

The move is in line with trends in the Lower 48 states in which numerous states and counties have opted for mail-in voting that facilitates the closing of most site-based polling places.

On the Parks Highway headed for Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake and farther north; or points along the Knik River if you turn right onto the old Glenn Highway, we’ve all passed by the shoe-shaped, tree-covered knob at Mile 29.6—a unique feature that nearly rivals the “Butte” in distinctiveness.

Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff said the district isn’t anticipating having to issue any pink slips at the end of this school year based on the district’s budget woes because the 49 teaching positions currently on the chopping block can be absorbed through attrition and retirements.

That is the good news of the school district’s told attendees the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on March 16.

The Chugiak Mustangs girls soccer team benefitted from a solid defensive effort and a pair of goals from sophomore forward Carson Head to blank their Eagle River neighbors 3-0 Monday at the Dome.

“It was really good teamwork, it was nice passing that led up to it,” Head said of her finishing goal, an against the grain effort from just outside the box in the second half. “I was pretty happy with it.”

Community Easter egg hunt will be combined with a much needed community food drive, on Sunday, March 27, at Lions Park in Eagle River. Participants that bring food items to put in the food pantry truck will have a chance to win the $100 Easter basket. Arrive about 12:30 p.m. as the Fire Engine will blow its whistle precisely at 1 p.m., and within 10 minutes the egg hunt is finished. The egg hunt will be broken up into five age groups: 1 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10-12. Ages 1-2 will be hunting inside the Lions clubhouse. Eggs, coins and prizes will be distributed in each area.

The Anchorage Police Department has released the name of the man killed in the parking lot of the Wood River Park Apartments early last Friday morning.

APD officers conducting a welfare check early Friday morning based on a phone call from an anonymous call found Marcus Dushun Cosby, Jr., 24, lying dead outside the F block of the apartment complex at 3:32 a.m. on Friday, March 11.

According to the press release issued on Monday, Cosby died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Pushing walkers or strollers, sporting gun belts or holsters, hundreds of folks flocked to the gun show, at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

In an effort to increase community interaction and create new revenue sources to replace dwindling grant monies, the center sponsored the gun show in its newly renovated dining hall last weekend

With this warm tail-end to winter, I should have expected the creek would have a lot of open water. Bordering each side were thick ice slabs, or ledges. Some of the ledges were nearly four feet above the creek and often slanted downward toward the water, making traction difficult.  My Kahtoola micro-spikes wouldn’t fit over the feet of my Neos waders, so traction was sketchy as I slowly made my way upstream.

While the Anchorage School District as a whole grapples with bullying, one local parent-teacher association (PTA) is taking steps to curb the social ill.

The Alpenglow Elementary School PTA invited Fred Manzano, manager of the Eagle River and Wasilla branches of the Okamoto’s School of Karate, to talk with students during a PTA meeting geared toward combatting bullying.

A former three-term Anchorage School Board member announced her candidacy for the state house seat in District 14 currently held by Rep. Lora Reinbold at the March 2 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The local grapevine was already plump with speculation that Crystal Kennedy of Eagle River would challenge Reinbold for the house seat.