Mass closures hit Alaska Friday as swirling fears over the new coronavirus erupted into a hurricane of concern as Alaska saw its first case of COVID-19.
Chugiak-Eagle River was not immune from the closures. Virutally all public facilities in the area are now temporarily closed to the public, including the Eagle River Town Center and the McDonald Center, two of the Chugiak-Eagle River area’s most visible public facilities.
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UPDATE (Sunday, March 15): Life in Chugiak-Eagle River remained slow but relatively normal Sunday as the area prepared for the first work week following emergency declarations at the state and national level over the new coronavirus that’s begun to strain health care systems around the world.
The Eaglexit group announced the completion of the 18-page, $27,000 report compiled by Northern Economics in a March 4 video posted to its Facebook page. In the video, director Gordy Banfield thanks those who helped fund the “phase one” report.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s first “Conversations With Alaskans” town hall meeting Monday drew nearly 200 generally supportive constituents to the Chugiak High School auditorium.
Most in attendance shared the opinions that Dunleavy should hold the line on state spending, ensure the government pays a “full” Permanent Fund dividend, and continue working to restrict abortion and protect gun rights.
People need to be prepared for big disruptions to their daily lives but it’s really the little things that make a difference when it comes to controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus, the state’s chief medical officer said this weekend.
“Hand washing is incredibly important,” said Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska.
Washing hands and keeping fingers away from faces is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, Zink told about 50 people gathered for a previously scheduled legislative town hall meeting in Chugiak on Saturday.
After a big snowfall, roads in Chugiak-Eagle River are cleared faster and cheaper than those in Anchorage.
So what’s the catch?
“When we get an additional snowfall, everybody’s going to get a berm,” said Eagle River Street Foreman Mark Littlefield.
The driveway berms left by passing snow plows are a bit of a nuisance for folks living in the Chugiak-Eagle River-Birchwood Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA), on whose shoulders and snowblowers falls the burden of clearing the berms.
After tearing through a rapid-fire speech at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce last week, the nation’s longest-serving congressman shook a dozen hands or more before barreling out of the Matanuska Brewing Company before a staffer could even finish collecting business cards.
“I wouldn’t run if I didn’t like it,” Young said a few minutes later after hopping in a car and driving to Jitters Coffee House for his next appointment.