Matt Tunseth

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy believes a cooperative spirit and new resource development can help usher in a new era of prosperity.

“I believe we’re going to grow this state,” Dunleavy said during a Wednesday meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

(Editor’s note: Following publication of this story, candidate Roger Branson announced he will be asking voters to pick either of the other two candidates. Read more here.)

Three locals have filed to run for the Anchorage Assembly, including one who waited until the next-to-last minute to throw her hat into the ring.

A proposed Anchorage School District budget that calls for cuts to health education, a popular program for gifted students and a reduction in security staff at several schools drew criticism at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anchorage School Board.

“We would be robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said parent Jeff Mayfield, one of several people who testified against restructuring the district’s IGNITE program for gifted students by eliminating about 22 teaching positions and absorbing the program into regular classroom time.

A candidate for the Anchorage Assembly has launched a “please do not vote for me” campaign, saying he wants to use the April election to advance a discussion on mental health issues and would prefer voters pick either of his opponents.

“My campaign will not seek to elect me but rather advance the cause for those who struggle with perceived mental health issues and are caught up in homelessness, corrections, or the judicial system,” Eagle River’s Roger Branson wrote in a statement sent to local media outlets Wednesday evening.

Chugiak might be getting a new road — whether it likes it or not.

The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to place a $1.1 million bond package before voters in April that includes $500,000 for the design of a short section of road in Peters Creek that would connect Kullberg Drive with Seika Drive. The “life/safety access roads” project is needed to improve emergency access to a neighborhood of about 30 homes, according to the Municipality of Anchorage.

Whether they called it “screwmageddon” or a “screwpocalypse,” a lot of people in Eagle River were sure of one thing Thursday afternoon.

They got screwed.

A wayward box of 1 1/4-inch drywall screws caused screwdemonium on Eagle River Loop Road after they got loose and found their way into the tires of dozens of motorists. Soon, a steady stream of drivers started showing up at Alaska Tire Service in Eagle River with tires that looked like they’d been battling a mechanical porcupine.

Anchorage School Board members have rejected a request to temporarily waive a requirement to use apprentice labor on district construction projects — a decision school district staff say could jeopardize as much as $100 million in federal and state funds that could help pay for repairs to school damage caused by the November 2018 earthquake.

However, those concerns may be overstated, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency official who spoke about the situation Wednesday.

Chugiak residents may have finally found a project suitable for their backyard.

At Thursday night’s Chugiak Community Council meeting, a proposal for a senior housing facility in the Carol Creek area drew cautious optimism from council members.

The development would go on a parcel of municipal land located between the Harry J. McDonald Center and Fred Meyer. The land has been a hot topic in Chugiak, where the municipality previously tried to develop a much larger housing development. That plan was scrapped after land managers determined it wasn’t economical.

A pair of Chugiak women are taking over a weekly newspaper in Southeast Alaska that gained national press after its owner offered to give it away.

Melinda Munson and Gretchen Wehmhoff will take over as co-owners and co-editors of the Skagway News in early March, according to a story posted to the paper’s website.

UPDATE (2:18 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17): Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim said Friday afternoon that Scott has been located and was with APD detectives. Thim said he had no further updates.


Police on Friday were looking for a 28-year-old woman they said might have been kidnapped in Eagle River.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, police were called to a report of an assault in an apartment above Tips Bar along the Old Glenn Highway at around 7:55 a.m.