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Alaska’s fiscal picture is a pretty one compared with most states. But that won’t be the case if expenditures continue to rise and oil production remains on the decline, said Alaska Department of Administration commissioner Becky Hultberg during a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

“We have to make some difficult decisions,” Hultberg told the chamber.

The Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board deemed area wide drainage as a top priority at its Nov. 15 meeting — in particular, The Tablelands subdivision.

Eagle River Street Maintenance estimated the first two phases of the three-phase project will cost less than $2 million, general foreman Mark Littlefield said. But, he said, the entire project could be completed for that figure.

“We’re shooting for $2 million for all three phases,” Littlefield said.

Eagle River Street Maintenance General Foreman Mark Littlefield thinks the Eklutna Bridge is unsafe for vehicle travel. So does the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board.

The Road Board unanimously passed a motion to recommend closing the bridge permanently at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15. Whether that will happen is up to the Municipality of Anchorage Traffic Division.

“They are the ones that can close it,” Littlefield said.

A former Chugiak High supply clerk accused of stealing more than $74,000 over a four-year period from the school was arraigned on charges of theft, scheme to defraud and falsifying business records in Palmer District Court on Friday, Nov. 18. All three charges are felonies.

According to charging documents in the case, Brenda Burge, 54, of Wasilla, pilfered $74,897 in cash while handling students’ activities and attendance fees.

Three candidates so far have filed their intent to run for the chance to represent Eagle River in the state House with the Alaska Public Office Committee. The deadline to file with the state Division of Elections for the Aug. 28, 2012 primary election is June 1, 2012.

Here’s a look at the candidates for who have filed so far with APOC their intent to run for the District 26 House seat:


After losing 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-23, 25-15) to Palmer, Chugiak dropped just one set in its final two matches to take fourth place at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla.

The win marks the second consecutive year Chugiak has ended the state tournament with a victory.

The Mustangs, who have made four straight state appearances, finished third last year, fifth in 2009 and second in 2008.

Chugiak downed Juneau-Douglas 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20) in the fourth-place match Saturday, Nov. 12.

Chugiak’s Jake Granado won the 182-pound weight class at the Bob Bailey Memorial Tournament at Chugiak High on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Granado pinned South's Robert Lopez in the second round of their bout. Lopez was the only one of three wrestlers to make it past the first round with Granado, who won his first two matches by fall in a combined 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

The Army in Alaska is supporting an upcoming television “docuseries” focused on highlighting the lives of Army spouses in Alaska. The production company is 44 Blue Productions from Los Angeles.

Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander, flew his 1,000 flight hour in the F-22 Raptor here Nov. 4, making him the first Air Force pilot to do so.

“This is a great milestone for the pilots, maintainers and contractors working on the jet and the F-22 program as a whole,” said Piffarerio. “The aircraft is maturing and getting better the more we fly and perform maintenance on it.”

Staff Sgt. Hank Robinson, 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, launched Piffarerio on his sortie today, but was focused on ensuring it was a safe flight.

Due to legislative redistricting that occurs every 10 years, Chugiak-Eagle River will be part of different districts in the 2012 state elections. The new districts are intended to reflect the population changes cited in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Here’s a look at the 2012 districts, according to the Alaska Redistricting Board website: