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A potential windfall for Chugiak-Eagle River taxpayers continues to move forward in one of the area’s quietest areas.

Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Director John Rodda told the Parks and Rec Board of Supervisors on Monday the appraisal process at Beach Lake Park is about to get underway — the next toward the sale of a conservation easement on nearly 1,400 acres of the 1,700-acre municipal park.

“At that point, the valuation will have been established,” he said.

A small plane made an emergency landing Friday evening in the southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway near the Palmer Hay Flats just north of Eklutna. An Anchorage Police Department dispatcher said there were no injuries reported.

Several police cars were on the scene where the blue-and-white plane sat parked alongside the busy highway at around 8:30 p.m., but there were no lane closures or traffic delays.

According to an online database, the plane is a Maule M-4 220, a fixed-wing, propeller driven plane built in 1973.

Chugiak and Eagle River were among four Alaska high schools to receive national banner recognition for efforts to provide “inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities.”

The local schools were joined by East and West High.

“These schools are receiving this honor as a result of meeting national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect,” according to a press release about the recognition.

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

Josh Wood is a submarine hunter.

The 2010 Eagle River High School graduate and current U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class was recently featured in a profile by the Navy’s American Connections Media Outreach blog, which highlights the work of sailors for their local communities. An aviation electrician’s mate with the Navy’s HSM 71 squadron, Wood is responsible for helping keep the Navy’s MH-60R “Seahawk” helicopter in the air.

Even if you’re not hard of hearing, it’s getting a little hard to hear inside the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

“It’s old and needs upgrading for sure,” said facility manager Reid McDonald of the center’s 35-year-old sound system.

For its age, the system has held up well, McDonald said.

“It doesn’t sound too bad,” he said.

Fall means hunting, football and the return to normalcy for the area’s community councils.

All five local councils that meet regularly have meetings in September after most took the summer off. The first will be the South Fork Community Council on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Eagle River High at 7 p.m.

20 years ago this week in the Star…

Legislators debate PFD advisory vote

Chugiak Sen. Rick Halford and Anchorage Rep. Brian Porter “expressed sharply different views” on an upcoming Permanent Fund Advisory vote during a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

According to a story in the Sept. 2, 1999 Star, the vote would ask Alaskans whether legislators should be allowed to use a portion of the $30 billion Permanent Fund for state spending.

Baldy might be beautiful, but Blacktail rocks.

The popular Mt. Baldy trail atop Skyline Drive in Eagle River draws thousands of hikers each summer, but few venture much farther down the trail then the vantage point overlooking Chugiak-Eagle River and the Knik Arm. Those who do will find a wide-open alpine trail leading to Blacktail Rocks and a vantage point as good as any in the Front Range.

It’s been a bumpy ride for Glenn Highway commuters since the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake, but upcoming repairs to the Eagle River bridge should help make for smoother sailing soon.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities has announced repair work will begin on the northbound bridge starting Sept. 3. The work is being done to repair abutments on each end of the bridge, which were damaged when the magnitude 7.1 quake struck the area.

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