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There will be a legislative town hall meeting with all five area senators and representatives on Saturday, Feb. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chugiak High cafeteria.

Scheduled to attend are Sens. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) and Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer/Chugiak) along with Reps. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River), Cathy Tilton (R-Palmer/Chugiak) and Sharon Jackson (R-Chugiak/Eagle River).

Don Young has no intention of slowing down.

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.

A Fairbanks company is exploring the idea of bringing the first retail marijuana store to Eagle River, an area that has resisted commercial cannabis since Alaskans voted to legalized recreational use in 2014.

The owners of Good Cannabis have begun talks with local leaders about the possibility of opening a high-end retail marijuana business in downtown Eagle River.

Local dipnetters will have an option that’s much closer to home this summer thanks to a regulation change by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, the board voted to create a personal use salmon dipnet fishery on a portion of the Susitna River from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 10-31.

A municipal review has found the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has resolved all outstanding issues related to a 2018 audit that found deficiencies in the department’s cash-handling controls.

“Management action corrected and significantly improved all issues identified in Internal Audit Report 2018-16,” wrote Municipality of Anchorage Internal Audit Director Michael Chadwick in a memo to the Anchorage Assembly.

McDonald Center finances are doing “great” according to the center’s longtime manager.

“It’s going really well,” said Reid McDonald during last week’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Area Board of Supervisors in Eagle River.

McDonald told the board the center ended up $18,000 ahead in 2019, including a $5,000 surplus in December alone.

McDonald said the bulk of the facility’s revenue still comes from ice rentals, though efforts continue to diversify revenue on the turf side of the center.

Items in the police briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual incidents are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On Feb. 3 at around 6:45 a.m. police received a report that a 2019 Subaru parked at the North Birchwood park-and-ride had been stolen. Later that day an APD officer found the vehicle unoccupied and parked at the South Birchwood park-and-ride. Police said nothing was taken and there was no damage to the Subaru.

A trio of local 17-year-olds were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor ceremony held Jan. 29.

Earning the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor were Jacob Lestina, Jeremy Smith and Caleb Lattier, all of whom are members of Troop 222.

All three completed community service projects in order to earn their badges.

Two of the projects were completed at the Eagle River Nature Center, where Lestina remodeled three volunteer cabins and Smith built a rock garden. Lattier’s project was

When electric bills came due this month, a lot of people were in for a shock.

“I’ve certainly noticed some chatter about it,” said Matanuska Electric Asssociation Public Relations Manager Jennifer Castro on Tuesday.

But MEA’s rates didn’t go up. In fact, Castro said there was a slight decrease in rates this quarter. Instead, Mother Nature turned the thermostat outside way down — which Castro said sparked an increase in people’s usage.

“The biggest consumers of energy are heat and light, whare the two things we’ve been using lots of this past month,” Castro said.

Rob Webb doesn’t think his backyard wood-splitter is anything special. Sure it’s a 170-pound scrap metal splitting maul mounted on a 7-foot swing arm attached to the side of his shed. But he does live in Peters Creek, Alaska.

“You see weird stuff like that up here,” he said.