Eagle River/Chugiak Community

Watch Candidate Joe Wright: Voters here will have to make some calculated choices with RCV

A Proven Republican Steps Into the Fray: Joe Wright! Watch for a rugby style primary election scrum1 in the upcoming Eagle River-to-Eklutna Senate District L race! Voters here will have to make some calculated choices with the newly established Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in a crowded field if we expect to change the political calculus …

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Year-end review

Seeking Alaskan Truths in 2021 (2021©donnliston.co)   Living the Alaskan Lifestyle is by definition active. Sitting at a computer screen or looking at a phone are not active pursuits. So, having lived the Alaskan Lifestyle 60 years means I have mostly found my groove in dealing with demands of Alaskan Life—I’ve done enough Alaskan stuff …

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Kim’s Asian Cuisine and Bistro a Business Pandemic Survivor: Let Small Business Freedom Ring!

Vietnamese boat people Vietnamese boat people fled by boat and ship following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. This migration and humanitarian crisis was at its highest in 1978 and 1979, but continued through the early 1990s. Many of the refugees failed to survive the passage, facing danger from pirates, over-crowded boats, and …

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An Eagle River Institution: Mike’s Meats Aspires to Provide Alaska Food Security

Cattle lagging behind are urged down from the upper deck of the trailer at Rocket Ranch by Greg Giannulis at 3 am..   The herd of cattle moved toward the far end of their enclosure after a long haul from Delta. An immigrant from Greece, as a youth Greg Giannulis had worked in the fields picking grapes …

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Steps to Food Security for Alaska

Palmer Slaughterhouse Gains new Owners (2021©donnliston.co) Mt McKinley Meat & Sausage owner, Greg Giannulis hands keys off to Todd Elsberry, new owner of the Palmer slaughterhouse, upon its recent sale. The slaughterhouse formerly known as Mt. McKinley Meats and Sausages (MMMS) has been purchased by a North Pole Farming family and will return to processing red meat for Alaskans …

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Garcia’s Restaurant

 Quirky and Comfortable with Great Food (2021©donnliston.co) As owner of Garcia’s Cantina in Eagle River, Joel Rivas does it all. Some years back I remember standing in the parking lot of Garcia’s Restaurant and Cantina when a parade of antique automobiles pulled in, one of which included a teacher friend and her Anchorage Assembly member husband, Peggy …

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Quality of Life Matters

 How Eagle River Elks Contribute to our Community (2021©donnliston.co) Flag Day is June 14 but it was celebrated on Saturday, June 12 this year at the Eagle River Elks Lodge. Quality of life is improved throughout Alaska by works of the members at 15 Elks Lodges around the state, and one of the best lodges …

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A Responsible Effort

The “Cityhood Movement” Moves North (2021©donnliston.co) The Municipality of Anchorage covers a vast and diverse area. Several communities in the Georgia County of Fulton have decided they want their local government closer to the people. Fulton County and Cobb County include the City of Atlanta. These communities have formally detached from Fulton in what has been …

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Veteran-owned Business

 A Happy Place for Woodworkers (2021©donnliston.co) Eagle River Sawmill and Kiln owner Ron Wehrli directs work in the yard of hisUS Service Veteran-owned business on Eagle River Loop Road My woodshop is my Happy Place. It is crowded and may look disorganized, but I try to do something to upgrade it after every major project I finish. …

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EaglExit Challenges

The Important Role of Local Government (2021©donnliston.co)  Edgar Blatchford spoke to EaglExit recently about how local government  can be formed or changed.(Photo by Waneta Liston) It’s a mean world. Big fish eat little fish and bullies often get their way. Russian traders came to Alaska to enslave the Natives and decimate bountiful fur seals and …

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