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No skateboarding.

At least not on a parcel of land bordering Fire House Lane between Eagle River Road and Seabolt Street, after the Eagle River Parks and Recreation Board voted Monday, Jan. 14 to eliminate a skate park from conceptual plans being drawn up for the area.

“I’m very happy,” said neighborhood resident Yvette Wilkins, who strongly opposed the planned development.

An Alaska newspaper pioneer has taken his extensive database of knowledge about the 49th state online.

Lee Jordan, who founded the Chugiak-Eagle River Star newspaper in 1971, started a Facebook page last month called “Ask Lee About Alaska,” which he hopes will become a way for those curious about anything Alaska to find answers.

“I’m not sure what sparked it, but something happened to trigger the idea that people would have an interest in things related to Alaska,” he said recently.

What a difference a year makes.

Last winter, local mushers were raving about ideal conditions on local trails, where massive amounts of snow were making for one of the best winters in memory. This year? Not snow much.

“We’d be doing better if we had some snow,” said Val Jokela, president of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association.

Over at the CDMA’s trails at Beach Lake, early-season snows did allow for a base on the trails. But a recent thaw and subsequent freeze has left them unfit for sled travel.

The Anchorage Assembly will hold a public hearing on the Title 21 rewrite Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The rewrite of the Municipal land use code, complete with the Title 21 committee’s recommended changes, was introduced to the Assembly on Dec. 18, 2012.

Chugiak Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander said the Title 21 committee, which she chairs, has completed work on the entire rewrite except Chapter 10, which pertains specifically to the Chugiak-Eagle River area. Ossiander said she worked through the holidays and hoped to have Chapter 10 finished by this week.

A soldier was found dead in another soldier’s barracks room on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Christmas Day.

The Army said PFC Grant W. Wise, 25, of Fairport, N.Y. was found with a single gunshot wound to the head and declared dead at around 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 25.

Wise, who joined the Army in 2011, was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. He served at Ft. Bragg, N.C. before being assigned to JBER in September 2012.

Thanks in large part to last winter’s heavy snowfall, roughly 500 moose were killed by motorists last winter between Anchorage and the Mat-Su. As the winter progresses, experts say there are several ways to avoid costly collisions with the largest member of the deer family.

According to the Alaska Highway Traffic Safety Office, Alaska motorists typically hit and kill between 700-1,000 moose each year. The office advises motorists take extreme caution when driving in winter as moose “nonchalantly cross our roads and highways,” according to the office.

Eagle River’s Dave DeMay won the Under 1500 Hard Bat title at the USA Table Tennis National Tournament, which was held Dec. 18-22 in Las Vegas.

Bringing gold back to Alaska from a tournament that featured nearly 800 athletes was a surprise to DeMay.

“It’s something you certainly don’t expect going in,” he said.

The competition was fierce, DeMay said, and he was satisfied simply advancing past the first round.

“Each match was really close,” he said. “I never really expected to win any of those matches.”

WASHINGTON — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname.

The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 of complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: “The Bear.”

Chugiak-Eagle River area legislators are looking forward to using their newfound clout in Juneau.

“We should do well in Chugiak-Eagle River this session,” predicted Rep. Dan Saddler, who joined his fellow local House and Senate members at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber’s lunchtime forum Dec. 19 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

The area’s all-Republican delegation finds itself among the key power blocs this session after Eagle River Rep. Anna Fairclough’s victory in the Senate District M helped create a GOP majority in both houses.

There were historic seasons and heartbreaking stories in the world of sports in 2012, a year that saw state champions crowned and rivals bested all year ‘round. Here’s a sport-by-sport account of some of the biggest and most interesting Chugiak-Eagle River sports stories in the year 2012:

 

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